Friday, October 30, 2015

Rattle The Stars // The Throne of Glass Book Tag

By now, I'm sure that you all know that I loooooooove all things Throne of Glass.  It is by far my favorite Young Adult Fantasy series.  Sarah J. Maas is an incredibly talented author and I truly admire her work.  So, last week when I saw The Throne of Glass Book Tag (created by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Hannah at So Obsessed With) floating around the book blogosphere, I just had to join in.   And, you should, too!  To join in the fun, just answer the questions below and be sure to link back to the creators' blogs!

Lysandra // A book with a cover change you loved

I strongly disliked the first cover of Shatter Me (as seen here).  The main reason why I didn't like this cover was because I don't like to see people's faces on the covers of books.  I don't want for a book's cover to put a face to a character for me; I would much rather do that for myself.  (However, I will admit that there are some rare instances of faces on covers that I absolutely love.  For example, the Throne of Glass covers are gorgeous -- especially Queen of Shadows -- and The Wrath and the Dawn is stunning as well.)

Abraxos // A book that's better on the inside than it looks on the outside 

Slam Poetry is the unifying element of Slammed, so the cover fits the story; it's a stage where someone would recite one of their poems.  However, this cover does not grab or entice me.  It's just...bland.  Honestly, if I didn't already love Colleen Hoover's books, I probably would have never picked this one up.  I'll cut Colleen some slack, though.  This was one of her first books, and it was self-published.  Also, her book covers have gotten better and better with time (exemplified by Confess and November 9th).  But, I'm hoping that in 2022 (the 10 year anniversary of Slammed's release) we get a new cover for this one.  Slammed is such a great novel about love and hope, and it deserves a cover as beautiful as its story.

Erilea // A series with great world-building 

From what I've gathered around the internet, a lot of readers didn't enjoy The Queen of the Tearling.  Many complaints focused on the story's slow pace and lack of world-building.  But, my opinion on the book is the exact opposite; I think that the story is well paced (not too fast and not too slow, but a happy medium) and that the world-building is excellent (it's lush and detailed and leaves readers wanting to know more).  And, the world is so unique: a futuristic, regressed society.  So, in the year 3000 we'll be riding horses and lighting candles.  Bye, technology!  (Sorry to disappoint the Jonas brothers!)

Rifthold // A book that combines genres 

A Court of Thorn of Roses is an interesting book because it toes genre lines.  I went into this story thinking that I was reading a Young Adult novel, which was a plausible assumption.  Sarah is best known for writing YA fantasy, and I picked this book up in the YA section of my local Barnes & Noble.  However, there were some very...ahem, sexy, steamy scenes that had me questioning this book's genre.  Of course there are plenty of YA novels that feature sex: The Wrath and the Dawn, Everything, Everything, and City of Heavenly Fire are some of the ones I've read.  But, ACOTAR is a little different.  New Adult Fiction is defined as "...a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-30 age bracket."  Feyre, ACOTAR's protagonist, is 19.  So, technically the book falls into the New Adult genre.  Goodreads lists ACOTAR as a Young Adult, New Adult, paranormal, fantasy retelling.  (That sure is a mouthful.)

Damaris // A book on/inspired by a myth/legend

One of my favorite books of 2015, The Wrath and the Dawn is a reimagining of One Thousand and One Nights.  I have not read One Thousand and One Nights yet, but I hope to soon.  And, I am very desperate to get my hands on this version.  I truly loved everything about this story: the writing, the world, the culture and diversity, the characters.  

Kaltain Rompier // A book with an unexpected twist  

The Winner's Crime.  I can't even talk about this because spoilers.  But GAHHHHHHHHH!  That ENDING!  I need The Winner's Kiss like now.  RIGHT. NOW!

Assassin's Keep // A book with an unreliable narrator 

I'm currently reading We'll Never Be Apart.  And, while I can't speak to the book as a whole, I have to say that I have not trusted a single word that has come out of the protagonists' mouth since I opened the book.  The story feels very one-sided.  So, I know that something is amiss here and soon I shall figure out what it is.

Asterin Blackbeak // A book that's got SQUAD GOALS 

(I would have picked Queen of Shadows for this, but seeing that this is the Throne of Glass book tag, I'm going to stick with books outside of the series).  I love Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series.  The shadowhunter world is intriguing and mysterious and action-packed.  But, the best thing about these books are the characters, of course.  Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus (and others) make up a beautiful merry band of misfits.  I love every single one of these characters.  They are fun and complex, and they stick it out for one another through thick and thin.  Sign me up!

Terrasen // A book that feels like home  

Well, of course I chose Harry Potter (the whole series because I can't pick just one book).  These books make me super nostalgic for my childhood.  They take me back to the days when  I was a little fledgling, tripping over my shoelaces as I discovered the magic and beauty of libraries and books.  I could read this series over and over (and I plan to do so).  I watch the movies over and over (Harry Potter Weekend, anyone?).  These are the stories that I will read to my children and my grandchildren, that I will always come back to.

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius // A book with the power to destroy you 

Me Before You is another book that I won't say too much about because it's good to go into this story blind.  But, I will stay that I cried.  And then....I cried some more.  Me Before You is a beautiful story that will make you laugh and cry (I'm talking ugly sobs, you guys).  It will destroy you in all the right ways.

Manon Blackbeak // A book that intimidated you 

I read Moby-Dick my junior year of college.  Needless to say, it gave me a lot of anxiety.  This is like,the holy grail of books; it's a classic, it's long, and it's pretty difficult to read.  Luckily, my professor set aside a good chunk of time for us to read this one (2-3 weeks, which is not typical of English classes in college because there is so much to cover).  My professor was also just awesome in general.  He expressed a lot of enthusiasm for Moby-Dick; every day he would bring in some kind of whale artifact or item that he'd collected during all of his years teaching the story.  He definitely made reading Moby-Dick easier for me and helped me make sense of all that crazy whale talk.

Rowan Whitethorn // A book that makes you swoon 

Archer's Voice is perfect in so many ways.  It's emotional heart-wrenching and flawlessly told.  Archer Hale is definitely somewhere at the top of my Book Boyfriends List.  He is a sweet, beautiful tortured soul.  I just want to give him a hug and never let him go.  Not many characters make me swoon as hard as Rowan does, but Archer is definitely up there!

Chaol Westfall // A book that challenges you to see things differently 

What I love about Jodi Picoult's books is that they are all incredibly eye-opening.  She puts her characters (and her readers) in difficult situations, situations where there is no right or wrong answer and no easy way out.  Readers are forced to take a step back and consider: "What would I do if this were me?"  The overarching question in My Sister's Keeper is "Do I sacrifice one child for the happiness of another?"  There's a saying that I really love and this is how it goes: "a little more kindness, a little less judgement."  I think that this quote sums up the teachings of all of Picoult's books.  You never know what someone else is going through, or what process of elimination they've gone through to make a difficult choice.  So, err on the side of caution; be kind.

Fleetfoot // A book that you received as a gift  

My best friend gifted me I'll Give You The Sun for my birthday back in June.  I haven't read this one yet, but I plan to do so soon.

Eye of Elena // A book you found right when you needed it

I remember that If I Stay was one of the first books I purchased on my Kindle.  And, I would take the Kindle with me when I went to the hospital to visit my aunt (who was dying of liver failure).  Unfortunately, my aunt passed away in May 2014.  But, reading If I Stay was exactly what I needed at the time.  I resonated with the story on a very personal level.  And, I can say that it definitely helped me find the hope and strength I needed to get through that situation.

Thanks for reading!

Have you read any of the books I featured here?  Are any on your TBR?  Comment below!

If you've done The Throne of Glass Book Tag, feel free to comment below with a link to your post.  I would love to check it out!  


  1. I'm SO doing this tag! It sounds awesome, I loved your answers! :)

    1. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed doing this tag. I'll definitely keep an eye out for your post!