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The God Game

Book Review

50275977._SY475_The God Game by Danny Tobey

Rating: XXXX

Published January 9th 2019 by Gollancz

“So said God, or at least the first artifical intelligence bot claiming to inhabit the persona of God.”

You are invited!
COme inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!

With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smouldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?

And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it?

As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us.

God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

Towards the end of last year, the Stevie from Gollancz offered two ARCS out to people chosen at random and then each of those got to choose another person each to receive the same arc. I missed out on the first try but then the lovely Rebecca from ReviewsFeed chose me to receive a copy of The God Game with her! I finally managed to get around to reading it this month and I have been absolutely hooked the past few days. It sounded like it was a mix between Ready Player One and the more recently released Ctrl +S both of which I enjoyed immensely so I was fairly confident I would enjoy this and let me tell you if you enjoyed either of the books I’ve mentioned you will love this. I will say though that The God Game has a lot more sinister of a plotline than Ready Player One and there isn’t that 80’s nostalgia high to add to it (unless you count the War Games feel to parts of it) but it shines in its own completely different way and I’m so very here for it.

I’d also like to add there are definitely some content/trigger warnings some should be aware of, such as suicide and suicidal thoughts, bullying and minor drug use (I think I’ve covered them all but if I’ve missed any let me know and I’ll make sure to add them to my review.). 

To begin with, I sighed at the seemingly stereotypical set up in The God Game, the group of “nerdy” boys with the “token” girl that one of them is probably in love with and that stereotype is definitely here to a degree but in a way that is done really well. It’s not over the top or in your face and is barely mentioned but when it is it is done so to an organic way that’s hard to explain without spoilers so I won’t say any more but just wanted to give a heads up to those who might pick it up, read the first page or two and put it down because of that very overdone trope in these kind of books. This book is more than what it seems to begin with I promise. It’s fast-paced, well interconnected, full of tension and it keeps you guessing at every turn.

So we start with these stereotypical characters and over the course of the story we inevitably get to know them better, they each have hopes and dreams, even if some of their aspirations aren’t obvious even to them, o begin with. The character progression is interesting in this because we are naturally treated to more information about each of them as the story progresses and this is done very well, facts and histories are organically placed in the story and the progression to a degree is very much just seeing what was there in the first place but hidden, sometimes on purpose and sometimes not even known to the character. I found the whole process fascinating and the mortality and choices characters are faced with in this book feels very close to home in that they are easily decisions that feel visceral and real. The story itself is obviously interesting and I’ll get to that next but for me, it’s absolutely the characters, their choices and actions that make the God Game.

The plot for The God Game is not a new one but it is a good one. The idea of an A.I with a warped sense of perceived morality is something we’ve seen before in tv shows, films, books and video games and is an interesting concept because of the different takes on it and as with a fair amount of science fiction thrillers, the ease with which it can be imagined. It makes sense and true A.I’s feels like a step that the human race will eventually make or at least be able to and that brings so much more into the discussion although there’s not much of that in this book as our main characters are more worried about the consequences a bit closer to home than whether it should have been created or not although we get a little bit of background on “G.O.D” that is both interesting and vague enough to perhaps be a kind of urban myth itself. 

I could honestly go on about this book for ages, it was really thought-provoking in a lot of ways that I’m still thinking about almost a week after finishing it and that I think will stay with me for some time to come.

 

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S4S – 2019 Favourites

Six for Sunday

Happy Six for Sunday! This prompt for this week from the lovely Steph at A Little But A lot is 2019 favourites. I did a top ten favourite books for 2019 already SO I decided that I would tweak what I think the intended meaning was a little bit and give you a list of six of my favourite book-related things from last year!

London Darkdawn Launch
I didn’t go to a huge amount of events last year but the ones I went to I really enjoyed, especially the London event for the Darkdawn launch. I got to hang out with my friends, bring my husband to his first bookish event, visit Goldsboro books, eat ice cream, listen to Jay’s talk chaired by Samantha Shannon and then meet the guy himself and get my books signed, it was amazing and serial and honestly some of the most fun I’ve ever had at an event.

Being asked to recommend Star Wars books 
This one is going to sound a little silly but I’m always insanely flattered whenever anyone asks me for book recommendations and when I posted about Star Wars (which was a LOT last month) a number of people actually asked me about the Star Wars books and where to start, which ones I’d recommend etc and as someone who is a bit of a Star Wars fangirl and still trying to pluck up the courage to email Century about reviewing for them this really touched me and made my week with every message.

Doing a Q&A with Lauren James 
I was so amazed and excited to have been added to the blogger list for Walker this year, mainly as they publish books by Lauren James who is one of my all-time favourite authors so I pretty much lost my mind when not only did I manage to get an early copy of The Quiet at the End of the World but also had the opportunity to host aQ&Aon my blog with Lauren herself! I have never worked so hard on a set of questions in my entire life let me tell you. I’m so happy with how it turned out and it’s hands down I think my favourite blog post I’ve ever done.

Receiving early copies of some of my favourite books  
I guess this one might sound a little simple but I am honestly SO grateful for being able to work with so many great publishers who have given me fantastic opportunities to review books from their authors. Last year I got to receive and review early copies for some of my absolute favourite books including (but not limited to) Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder (who has been a favourite author of mine for over ten years now), The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James, The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman, Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and Sanctuary by V.V/Vic James! (Thank you Maria, Walker Books, Titan Books, Rock the Boat/Oneworld and Gollancz).

Memento 
The Illuminae Files books by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are my favourite books. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time it’s quite likely you already know this as I don’t really shut up about them so when the Memento novella was announced I was devastated it wasn’t something that we would be likely to get in the UK until Goodchoice books in the US announced they were shopping their copies of Aurora Rising with them and I was over the moon to get my hands on one! Reading it was like coming home, I missed the world and format of these books so damn much and DAMN it was good.

Blogger Brunch at MCM 
I was invited to the Blogger Brunch at MCM London last May and although I’ve been invited to other events before this one just felt so relaxed and chill I had the best time. Meeting all of the authors was fun and chatting with them felt organic and it was the least nervous I have ever been in that kind of setting. Not to mention I met some other lovely bloggers, got a bag of goodies and some books signed! A brilliant event and I hope to get invited to another if they have one! Fingers crossed!

There we have it! Six of my bookish favourites from 2019, I’m excited to see what 2020 brings with it! Maybe I’ll finally e-mail Century?

 

 

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New Year Resolutions Book Tag

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So the New Year is now well underway, I have a new hair colour, my bookshelves are rearranged (I have space on them now!) my TBR is decided and Nate is back to school SO I think it’s probably time for a New Year Book Tag! I found this particular one on Jenn’s blog at Jenniley.com and it ties in with my latest Six for Sunday post perfectly as it’s called the New Year Resolutions Book Tag!

1. An Author You’d Like To Read That You’ve Never Read

I definitely want to get around to reading something by Samantha Shannon this year. I’ve seen her chair a good few events now and met her at YALC twice and I love how into her world-building and naming system in particular, she gets. It just feels like such attention to detail I can’t read to read one of her books, probably Priory of the Orange Tree but I do have the first Bone Season book as well so we’ll see?

2. A Book You’d Like To Read

Ahh there are loads of books I’ve like to read! I think perhaps Gilded Cage from Vic James is a book I absolutely need to read this year! I adored Sanctuary and I’ve heard amazing things about this book, plus Vic is lovely!

3. A Classic You’d Like To Read

I don’t tend to read any classic books at all really but I’ve found myself tempted by Pride and Prejudice or perhaps Jayne Eyre? What classics can you recommend?

4. A Book You’d Like To Re-Read

Honestly maybe the Illuminae Files books via audiobook. I can never get enough of that trilogy. I’m tempted to try the audiobook for Aurora Rising ready for the sequel later this year too.

5. A Book You’ve Had For Ages and Want To Read

Again, SO many books that come under this. I’m going to say Six of Crows, which you’ll know about if you read my Six for Sunday post that I started reading last year (at last) but I kept NOT finishing due to having different deadlines etc but this year it’s time to finally finish it.

6. A Big Book You’d Like To Read

I don’t really like big books as I find them so uncomfortable to read. I (as previously mentioned) do however want to read Priory of the Orange Tree this year and that is A BEAST.

7. An Author You’ve Previously Read and Would Like To Read More Of

Holly Black I think? I really enjoyed the Folk of Air trilogy and I need some more of that twisted fae fix, to be honest.

8. A Book You Got For Christmas and Would Like To Read

All of them? Haha. I think maybe Sorcery of Thorns is the one I’d like to read the most though, or maybe the Martian?

9. A Series You Want To Read From Start to Finish

I would say the Cinder books but I think there are quite a few of them so maybe the Renegades trilogy by Marissa Meyer? I’ve had the first book for a good while!

10. A Series You Want To Finish That You’ve Already Started

Most of the series that I want to finish I only haven’t finished because the next books aren’t out yet but one exception and probably my choice for this question is I can’t wait to read Lady Smoke! I really enjoyed Ash Princess and I’m interested to see where the story goes next.

11. Do You Set Reading Goals? If So, How Many Books Do You Want To Read in 2020?

I’ve been doing the Goodreads challenge since 2012 so yes. This year I decided on fifty books after only just making it to sixty this year. I figure I can always make it higher later in the year if I’m doing really well.

12. Any Other Reading Goals?

Sort of? Like unofficial ones I guess? You can check out my six bookish resolutions for the year in my latest Six for Sunday post right here.

Are there any books you MUST read this year?

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Journey to Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance

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45485630Journey to Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance 
by Ethan Sacks (writer), Luke Ross (artist)

Rating: XXX

Published November 19th by Marvel Comics

“I wasn’t going to allow my friends to suffer while I can do something about it either”

BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight – but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy!

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So although the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker content is meant to be read before the film is released, I had only read Resistance Reborn before going into the cinema and instead found that I tried to read through some of the Journey content afterwards instead to fill the hole where the film novelisation should be. The Allegiance comics are one such distraction and I haven’t read a Star Wars comic in a good long while with the exception of the first Poe Dameron comic last year (or maybe even the year before…it’s been a while) so I wasn’t sure what to expect, not to mention obviously things will change with different writers and artists. This review covers issues one to four of the Allegiance comic series designed to link the events of The Last Jedi to The Rise of Skywalker.

At the start of the comic, we get one of the iconic Star Wars scrolls and honestly this was a brilliant start and feels better than the one we got at the beginning of TROS (The Rise of Skywalker). Not everyone reads every single bit of content or plays Fortnite (yes I’m still salty we got the emperors “returning speech” in a Fornite event okay…) so I was immediately pretty done with the TROS crawl but this one feels relevant and I feel actually does a good job, off to a very good start!

If you’ve read Resistance Reborn then this whole scenario probably sounds quite familiar, Leia appealing to others for aid, Finn and Poe off an a side quest for the rebellion somewhere and it’s very much the same here which has the unfortunate effect of making Allegiance seem like a heavily watered-down version of the novel with the novel having better emotional stakes and pay off. These comics were released first but I think in the timeline the novel comes first as it’s pretty much directly after the end of The Last Jedi but who knows, as it always is with Star Wars, the timeline is a little hazy.

On its own, however, Allegiance is not a bad read, there are no especially huge moments but I think they’ve done pretty well to get through two stories with some interesting character interactions and such within the space of four issues. Saying that, the story is relatively paper-thin but honestly a little fun and they really reminded me of the old weekly Star Wars comics  I used to read when I was a kid. The characters have missions to complete, they attempt to, trouble happens, they get out of trouble simple and easy, a bit like the equivalent of the “monster of the week” style you find with some TV shows and the first few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Honestly, it works though and it was only really on reflection for this review that I realised how little story there really was. It was by no means mind-blowing but it was enjoyable and as a result, I ended up ordering some more Star Wars comics and I do think I’m ready to see TROS again at some point in the future so I guess it did its job? Not to mention it explains a couple of things like the inclusion on the Mon Calamari forces in TROS and the presence of Admiral Ackbar’s son who has a few lines in the film.

With not a huge amount of story there were a few other things we managed to get out of the Allegiance comics, one of which was more Rose Tico and not only more Rose content in general but alongside Rey! She doesn’t play a massive part but is integral and has some brilliant characterisation that was sorely lacking in the film. Her personality really shines through and it seems like she and Rey have become good friends which was lovely and honestly, I’d read a whole comic about them two hanging out and going on missions etc.

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Essentially being one of the main characters of the sequel franchise Rey obviously gets a lot of page space and we get to see her doing a little force training as well as a fair bit of fighting (again like the older comics, we get a large amount of action), during which we see her beginning to use the force a lot more which I enjoyed. One thing I really noticed about her character was just how angry she was which felt very at odds with how Rey is portrayed in the films, sure she gets angry but she spends so much of these comics making threats and barring her teeth in 80% of her scenes that just seemed a little out of character although it does harken back to a lot of Anakin’s reactions in Revenge of the Sith so maybe this was the idea? To spread a little seed of doubt as to Rey’s “place” in the force in addition to the “Dark Rey” we see in the trailer.

Rey was also one of the only characters I had any problems with art wise too as she just seems like someone decided to see how many action figure poses they could put her in instead of just standing normally like an actual person and not a power ranger (see above image).

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I haven’t really mentioned the Finn, Poe and BB8 side of things for which I would be remiss but there’s unfortunately not a lot to say about it. It’s good, it’s fun and we are treated to the usual Finn and Poe b/romance banter but it does sadly feel largely unimportant and unneeded which is a shame as they’re really fun characters.

Overall this was an enjoyable read and it certainly scratched an itch but just wasn’t satisfying enough for me. Definitely not required reading for TROS in any capacity other than understanding the presence of the Mon Calamari.

 

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January 2020 TBR

tbr Thursday

So here we are, day two of a new year and my first TBR post of 2020. Things got hectic towards the end of the year and I wish I hadn’t been so ill so I could have done a proper post about my year in reading but alas I’m still only just getting over whatever horrible flu bug afflicted me so it was not meant to be! I will say though that I completed my 2019 reading challenge of 60 books with only about ten minutes to spare after frantically reading some trade paperbacks (comics) during New Years Eve. Those 60 books are the equivalent of 17,757 pages according to Goodreads, with the shortest book being Dewdrop by Katie O’Neil at 40 pages (due out later this year) and the longest being Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare at 902 pages (it felt so much longer!)

Now before I get on with my TBR for this month I wanted to cover a few changes to my blog this year! Instead of taking part in WWW Wednesday every fortnight I’m instead going to do a monthly Wrap Up Wednesday post instead, I’m hoping this will be less repetitive and will include films and things etc as well as books with any luck. Another monthly feature (yet to be named, not sure how angry Disney would be about me using Force Fridays) will be adjacent to my reading of at least ONE Star Wars book a month this year and discussing that (the lovely El/Ink and Plasma from El’s Reviews is joining me so make sure you check out her awesome blog too!). I’ll be retiring the weekly Must be Monday posts for the foreseeable future too as I’m trying something different with my writing this year and time writing that post is time I could be spent working on my writing. There may be some other changes along the way, I’m toying with the idea of a monthly comics feature and something video game-related too, maybe even something to do with Dungeons and Dragons related, who knows? What would you like to see?

ANYWAY, without any further ado, I present my first planned TBR of the year!

The God Game by Danny Tobey
This is my current read, I’m only a short way through it after spending most of yesterday rearranging my bookshelves (and I’m still not done!) but I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far. The God Game is about a strange video game called The G.O.D Game, made by Underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious A.I that believes they are GOD. A group of teenagers begin playing the game and when they complete tasks they are rewarded with things from expensive tech, revenge and cash but things turn sinister when they start to receive threatening messages and the tasks they must complete become cruel and carry heavy punishments. I’ve enjoyed Ready Player One and more recently, CTRL S and I feel this might be a heavier darker version of these two books combined and I’m very excited for it! The God Game is coming very soon (January 9th, I believe) so you still have time to preorder if this sounds like your kind of book!

The Stars we Steal by Alexa Donne
“Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?”

Described by Alexa herself as a kind of Jane Austen meets the bachelor (just in space) as the book is very much a retelling of Austen’s last completed novel Persuasion I found myself utterly intrigued! I think I realised last year that I love Sci-Fi but I think I like books that can also be classed as Space Operas just as much if not more than generic Sci-Fi which I think is why I read a lot of YA Sci-Fi as they fit into that category more often. Here’s to hoping I enjoy this new release! Due out February 4th!

Star Wars Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
“An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.”

I’ve had my eye on this book for a good while now and I’m glad to have finally got my hands on it. I rewatched a lot of Star Wars last month and fell head over heels back in love with Obi-Wan Kenobi (I was OBSESSED when I was younger) and so this month a large chunk of the Star Wars content I’m intending to consume is set around the time of the prequel trilogy including my comic read for this month and if I get time, season two of The Clone Wars TV show. So it stands to reason that this would be my Star Wars book for this month!

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
So like everyone I was swept up in the Witcher craze last month and honestly, I’m okay with that. I loved the show (one more episode left to go!) I brought the games years ago but never got around to playing them and I had one of the standalone books that I also never got around to so hoping I can ride the hype and enjoyment from the show into the books and possibly the games with any luck. I decided to start with The Last Wish (dubbed as The Witcher 0.5) instead of The Sword of Destiny as apparently it’s a book of short stories and I have really been enjoying those a lot lately.

Star Wars Age of the Republic: Heroes by Jody Houser and Cory Smith
As mentioned before I’m revisiting the prequels this month. This is a bind-up of comics focusing on short stories primarily about Anakin, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Padme that I’m intrigued to read and will go well alongside my novel choice this month and honestly although the prequel films were a bit of a hot mess (that CGI *shudders*) I really liked these characters and can’t wait to learn a bit more about them.

I worry that this might be a little over-ambitious (as usual) this month but only time will tell I guess! I’m hoping to get caught up with blogging and blog hopping over the next month or so and not ending up frantically writing blog posts the day they’re due to go live (I am doing this right now, oops).

Happy New Year to you all! Let me know what you’re planning to read this month!

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S4S – New Year, New Books

Six for Sunday
And so we have come to the last Six for Sunday of the year! A new year full of new books awaits! I may have splurged on books the last month or so and as a result, I’m planning to try and curb my book buying until I can make at least a dent in my current physical TBR which is starting to get a little out of control, to be honest. I do have a post coming soon featuring books that I’m looking forward to next year but with this being the last S4S and indeed my last blog post in general of this year I decided to make this list about six of the new books I have brought or been gifted this past month to read in the new year!

Star Wars: A Finn and Poe Adventure by Cavan Scott
This is the most recent book I brought technically as it arrived most recently but I ordered it before any of the other books on this list, such is the beauty of the pre-order. I’ve been tempted by the three others in this series before, also known as the “choose your destiny” books as they are told in the choose your own adventure style. I don’t think it will blow my mind but it does look fun!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
One of the books that have been on my TBR for a little while now after having so many people tell me it’s my kind of book, but I hadn’t got around to buying it yet. I was treated to a lovely hard copy for Christmas by my favourite Star Wars gal! Thank you, El 💜

His Hideous Heart by various authors, edited by Dahlia Adler
After reading a dystopian anthology earlier this year I’ve been looking into more and more anthologies. I saw this one reviewed on one of the blogs I follow (your name escapes me right now but I figure this makes us even for always filling your blogger feed with Jay Kristoff reviews haha!) and it sounds brilliant. I’ve not read anything by Poe before and I’m glad that the original texts are also included so I can read them first! Thank you so much to Lucy for the lovely gift 💜

The Martian by Andy Weir
I’ve been dying to read this book since I saw the film but this is another book I just never got around to buying! This one was gifted to me by the lovely Justine (thank you again also for helping me fix my wish list etc 💜)

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
I have a feeling this book might break me but I’ve been so intrigued by it!! I even ended up with a copy on NetGalley but again it got lost in my huge TBR. I’m hoping this gorgeous physical copy gifted to me by another Jemma will encourage me to finally read it!

Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
I’ve been rewatching the Star Wars prequels this week when I’ve had trouble sleeping and I had almost forgotten just how much I ADORE Obi-Wan Kenobi

I’m not going on a book buying ban exactly but I did find that really thinking about my bookish purchases and trying to avoiding things like cover and impulse buys really helped this year so I’m going to continue with that method in the new year after my Christmas splurge! I also have a big bookshelf shuffle coming up so wish me luck! What books did you buy or receive recently?

 

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Star Wars Book Tag

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So for the past four years around this time each year I’ve been bitten by the Star Wars bug. I loved the original films since I was a child and grew up watching the prequel films and then adored the new trilogy as it’s been released and I’ve been reading the new canon books, I’m obsessed with Battlefront two and it’s single-player story campaign again at the moment too! With the new film feeling so close now and the release of Jedi: Fallen order I’m once again riding the Star Wars hype train and damn I’m excited so I decided his week for Tag Thursday I would have a look around and hunt down a Star Wars-themed book tag. Plus I’m ill so planning to crawl into my bed and watch Star Wars films while the small one is at school today.

This wonderful tag was created by Joana and Elizabeth over at booktube (you can check out their videos here and here) and was expanded by the lovely Bia and Cass at B&C Books. Check out their post here

1.R2-D2

The lovable droid filled with sass: Name a series that made you laugh.

Almost definitely the Illuminae Files books, the sass is unbelievable and there are so many great one-liners. The parachute incident in Obsidio is the absolute icing on the cake though. That KILLED me and it’s become an iconic scene in our household.

2.PADME AMIDALA

Even though she’s not a Jedi, she sure does kick some butt: Name a badass female character.

Jude from The folk of air series by Holly Black. I know she’s not loved by everyone but I love her determination, I love that she’s a strong and clever and assertive. I adore her.

3.LEIA ORGANA

This girl gets herself into a rather strange love situation: Name your favourite or least favourite love triangle.

I think my favourite is probably Will, Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices and to this day I’m still gutted that we didn’t get that perfect poly relationship.

4.LUKE SKYWALKER

The last hope to restore the Jedi Order: Name a rising author or a new to you author that you love.

Christine Lynn Herman. I read The Devouring Gray this year and loved it. I can’t wait to the sequel and probably anything Christine writes!

5.ANAKIN SKYWALKER

A character whose morals changed over time: Name a series that started out well, but ended out badly.

The Sookie Stackhouse series. The last book and the ending of the series overall absolutely ruined the whole series for me.

6.QUI-GON JINN

Losing himself to a terrible fate: Name a character who suffers a tragic death.

The Dark Artifices SPOILER. Livvy’s death in Lord of Shadows completely wrecked me and put me into an almost sixth-month reading slump. I still haven’t got over it.

7. HAN SOLO

Unsuccessfully using his wittiness to get himself out of sticky situations. Name your favourite sassy character.

I think maybe Mia from Nevernight or Rhysand from ACOTAR. Them two trying to out sass each other would be hilarious if they didn’t immediately probably want to kill each other.

8.EMPEROR PALPATINE

A well-constructed character in a vast universe: Name a series with incredible world-building.

I think this probably has to be Game of Thrones, to be honest, the world-building so rich and fleshed out with all the different areas, regions and continents, the inhabitants, their traditions and religions. I love it.

9. OBI-WAN KENOBI

Even though he is “to the book”, he is a force to be reckoned with: Name a series that exceeded your expectations.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. If you’ve read my blog at all you probably already know the story but I picked it up on a whim thinking it would be a cute kind of Fangirl story but in space and WOWZA it was so much more. Blew me away and to this day is still one of my favourite books.

10. MASTER YODA

A being containing so much wisdom: Name a series that taught you something or that made you grow.

They’re not a series but they’re both books by author Akemi Dawn Bowman, Starfish and Summer Bird Blue taught me a lot about the way I approach my own mental health and that of others. As someone who deals with what can sometimes be crippling anxiety Starfish especially helped me to look at it in a way that just made me hate myself that little bit less. What happens to me is normal to a degree and something others experience too, it taught me a lot. Summer Bird Blue also made me think about the way I see my sexuality and the way we deal with others when we’re hurting. Both beautiful, heartfelt books that I cannot recommend enough.

11. DARTH VADER

Learning about how he became this man only made us love him more: Name your favorite villain.

A lot of the books I read don’t tend to have a definitive villain so this was difficult. I think my favourite out and out villain would probably be Marcella Riggins from Vengeful by V.E Schwab, another reviewer has put this much better than I, saying, “Fear is her medium, and nightmares her art. She refuses to bow to fate and determines to embody the word that defines her: ruin.” I just love her so goddamn much. Usually, I love me a villain who is more of an anti-hero and has some good in them, a nice dose of angst and maybe some kind of redemption but Marcella is the unapologetic and I bloody love her.

12.CHEWBACCA

Loyal to his friends, he’s always got your back: Name your favourite fictional best friend.

Janek from Finding Home. I know he has a crush on Chepi and so that might affect the way he is around him but even quite early on before things got a little more heated (as much as the second volume of a slow burn romance can) the way he helps Chepi going through his panic attacks, giving him space when he needs it or offering to be there to talk if he needs it but not pushing it etc is just *chef kiss* I would die for that boy, he is so damn pure and I love him.

13.C-3PO

Despite his simple ways, he always gets himself into trouble: Name a character who always needs saving.

This is another hard one because I don’t read a lot of books where someone tends to need saving more than once. The only instance I can really think of is Sookie from the Sookie Stackhouse books (True Blood) and honestly, that’s not entirely her fault, she’s only human in a world where she’s often stuck in the middle of people who aren’t and have ‘supernatural’ extra abilities, not to mention she’s usually just trying to help them out.

14. BOBA FETT

Witnessing the death of his father must have been difficult: Name a character who went through a traumatic childhood experience.

Sebastian Morgenstern from Shadowhunters is the first character that comes to mind here, to be honest. He was raised by a cruel father who had a very warped moral compass and then was banished to Edom where he was effectively tortured for years, I can see how he turned out so starved for affection but ultimately broken and twisted.

15.REY

A scavenger who ‘just so happens’ to be Force sensitive: Name a character with a mysterious past.

(I don’t like the tone of this question with all the crap Rey gets for being a ‘Mary Sue’ character but as this is an old set of questions from after TFA so I get that it’s hinting at a reveal about Rey’s parentage that never came.)

Okay so it might be cheating to choose another Star Wars character but I feel like it’s criminal that we got an entire, very awesome book all about Captain Phasma and her past but absolutely no recognition of it in the films so far because it was a brilliant book and it feels like such a waste seeing as it was headed as one of the “Journey to the Last Jedi” books.

16.STORMTROOPER FINN

Questioning his future, he finally makes his own decision to change sides: Name a character who has questioned his/her morals.

Okay, so I actually really like that Mia from the Nevernight books is, a little by the second and definitely by the third, questioning her morals and weather her succeeding in her final goals and ‘purpose’ will make her just as ‘bad’ as the people she wants to make pay. Not to mention she often tends to shrug these thoughts off and deem it ‘worth it’ quite often. That’s my revenge hungry knife wife.

17.POE DAMERON

An amazing pilot flying through hyperspace: Name your favourite series that travels through time.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin, hands down. Loved it to pieces and recommend it every chance I get. It’s one of the best stand-alone books I’ve read and has some really interesting concepts and brilliant characters (there’s also a red panda).

18. KYLO REN

Obsessed with an idealistic view of his grandfather: Name a character who will stop at nothing to fulfil their destiny. 

Okay so I hate to name her again so soon but my answer for this is absolutely Mia Coverre from Nevernight for pretty much all the reasons I cited a few questions back.

19.MAZ KANATA

Even though she’s force sensitive, she never trained in the ways of the Jedi Order: Name a character who doesn’t rise to their full potential.

Okay, so I feel like Jacob Black from the Twilight books got wasted on continuing to pine over Bella and then imprinting on her daughter. I remember I really hoped that he would either get over his romantic feelings for Bella or understand they weren’t reciprocated and just continued to be the awesome best friend he should have been. The way he dealt with his feelings made him a dick and I’m sour about it.

20.BB-8

Following previous droids is not an easy task, but he is loved by all: Name a sequel you prefer over the first. 

I’ve already mentioned Vengeful by V.E Schwab so I’ll pick another but I just wanted to say that book is an absolute masterpiece. My next pick would be Chasing the Shadows (review here but it is NOT spoiler-free for the first book) by Maria V. Snyder. The first book was enjoyable but the second book improved on SO many things and amplified some of my favourite parts of the first so it was a win all around.

I love you all but I’m going to climb back in bed and binge-watch me some Star Wars while I wait for this cold/flu thing to leave me alone or kill me.