To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo came out in March this year and was one of my very first Net Galley reads (Click here to check out my review). I loved the darker bloodthirsty side to Princess Lira and the fun companionship of the crew as well as it’s nods to The Little Mermaid as well.
The lovely Lydia from Silver Wolf Reads tagged me in her very own original To Kill a Kingdom Book Tag that she worked on with Alexandra Christo herself and remembering how much I loved the book when I originally reviewed it tagged me and I’m so excited to do it so here goes!
You’re going on a vacation on a cruise boat for a week. Which book(s) would you pack to keep you entertained as you explore the seven seas?
I’d bring my kindle for sure so that I have a wide range to choose from and I could maybe start working through my NetGalley back up too! Physical book wise I would bring Illuminae because I always want to reread it and I might end up desperately wanting to do so, I’d maybe bring six of crows and crooked kingdom as I still have to read them and I keep finding excuses not too. Even though I haven’t started it yet though I wouldn’t bring A Kingdom of Ash as I would end up spending too much time reading and a vacation would be pointless. I’d definitely make sure I had some titles ready to go on Audible too!
You’re on the boat, and you start to hear your favourite song being played out from a nearby island. Which song would this be? What book do you associate with this song?
I don’t really have a favourite song because what I’m in the mood for changes quite often and usually, I have a playlist that I become obsessed with instead. If I had to pick one it would probably be Hold me Tight (or don’t) by Fall Out Boy which reminds me of Cardan and Jude from The Cruel Prince.
You go to the side of the boat and notice a mermaid sat on the rocks. She seems pretty bored. And you know of loads of awesome books. Which one book do you always recommend to people without fail?
The Last Namsara. I’m not even sure I can explain why I just wondered what book I would probably enjoy most if I were a mermaid and that’s what came to mind. Maybe I love Asha and how kickass she seems?
The mermaid seems pretty happy with your suggestion, and swims off. You hear the song from a moment ago has stopped. And there doesn’t seem to many people about. Creepy, huh? What book gave you the chills whilst you were reading it?
The Loneliest Girl In The Universe! This book gave me serious chills and that horrible feeling when you feel like someone punched you in the chest when a twist hits you and you realise you’re not actually reading a fluffy space contemporary. I will never get over that damn book.
The song picks up again. But this time, it doesn’t sound like the normal version you’re used to. It sounds eery, and you can feel yourself walking towards the sound. You’re in a trance. Which book hooked you in from the very first page?
I was going to say The Last Namsara again because “Asha lured the Dragon with a story” is a great first line but honestly I think it has to be The Hobbit which totally captivated me as a child. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.“
You’re climbing over the rails of the ocean, moving towards the sound of the singing. You jump into the ocean and a rush of cold hits you. What book has the biggest plot twist that you weren’t expecting?
Did I mention The Loneliest Girl In The Universe yet? Of course I did.
As I have I’ll say Undead Girl Gang for this one if you’ve read it I’ll just say mushrooms and I’m pretty sure you’ll get it.
You begin swimming on instinct, nothing has come to get you yet. You feel like you’ve been swimming for hours. What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? (Or the one that’s taken you the longest time to read).
I’m pretty sure strange The Dreamer is the biggest book I’ve read and honestly, I listened to most of it in the end because it was so hard to carry around in my bag!
Something grabs your leg. You start kicking. Which book deals with heavy/under-discussed that always makes you want to put up a fight for righteousness?
The Exact Opposite of Okay, it really changed the way I understood occurrences in my day to day life, how I felt about myself and the people I spend my time with.
They’re pulling you under the water. Which book had you on the edge of your seat, unable to breathe as you turned to the next page?
Illuminae. I remember turning the pages so damn fast and my face being practically in the book trying to read the words faster, it was crazy and I ended up with a saw jaw from clenching it so hard and for so long.
You notice a glimpse of red. You notice a fish-like tail. It’s a siren. Which book would you recommend for people who love the ocean’s mythical creatures?
Funnily enough probably To Kill A Kingdom, I love the distinction between sirens and mermaids as well as the culture surrounding the sirens themselves and how it came to be.
There is an enormous screeching sound. The siren lets go. You float to the top of the ocean surface, gasping for air. You’re alive. You get onboard the boat, dry off and clutch your books to your chest.
Which bookish-friends would you call to share your experience with? Who would you believe you? Who should do this tag?
Damn, I was hoping a Siren would fall in love with me? There’s still time right?
I’m terrible at picking people to tag so I’ll say that if you see this and want to take part consider yourself tagged by me! Let me know if you take part and link me so I can check your answers!