Let’s head straight for the castle!
Thank you to Mieke @ Mouse That Reads for tagging me in this fun tag based on Halsey’s album — if you never listened to it, now is the time!
- link to the original creator: alison @ antari reads.
- answer the following prompts for each song on the album.
- tag some people to celebrate badlands!
Castle – a Fantasy Book Featuring a Royal Family
The only one I could think about — and that I actually enjoyed — was the first installment in the Shades of Magic series. The main character has been adopted as a little boy by the royal family, and even if they’re not really present in A Darker Shade of Magic, he’s technically a prince, right? Plus, I haven’t read the rest of the trilogy… yet!
Hold Me Down – A Book You Think Deserves More Hype
I know Alice Oseman is a popular author right now, and I won’t judge that, as I love her works. But there is one of her novels that is too often slept on, even if it’s one great story. I read I Was Born For This this summer, and I loved it so much. It moved me to the core, and I found myself crying several times through the book. If you love boys band, if you’re part of a fandom, or if you just love complicated friendships and stories about figuring out where you stand in the world, then do yourself the favor and read I Was Born For This.
(And Alice is talking about writing a sequel and I’m so excited about it)
New Americana – A Book with Own Voices LGBTQIA+ Representation
This is such an underrated book that I even forget I read it. And yet, this is a great book! I’m a huge fan of Peter Pan, and I loved reading Austin Chant’s retelling/sequel. The author writes a diverse sequel of the story we all know so well, with an enemies-to-lovers romance between a grown-up Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Not only the gay love story is enough to label this book as ownvoices, but Austin Chant’s twist to Wendy and Peter Pan’s story falls under it too because of the transsexual representation.
Drive – A Book Featuring a Road Trip or a Lot of Traveling
The Black Veins is about how Blythe, in order to save her family, has to find the six other Guardians — powerful teens like her whose mission is to keep magic balanced. And to do so, Blythe must travel through the United States of America with her old van.
The Black Veins is mainly an urban fantasy novel, but the road trip is at its core: this book wouldn’t be the same without this ambiance! If you love adventure and road trips, you really need to pick up Ashia Monet’s book.
Hurricane – A Book with a Strong Female Main Character
As I’m writing this post, I’m still currently reading These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong — a Romeo and Juliette retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai — but I can definitely name Juliette as a strong female main character! The heiress of the Scarlet Gang is nothing but fierce. Her city deals with a mysterious threat and madness spreading through the city, killing her people, and Juliette takes the matter into her own hands when she realizes no one has the guts nor the motivation to do the same.
Trained killer, heiress of the biggest gang of the city, broken-heart lover, Juliette Cai is the strong female main character by excellence — while still being flawed!
Roman Holiday – A Book Featuring a Canon Ship You Love
I realized, while searching for an answer, that most of my favourite ships were not (yet) canon, and the ships who were in the books I read weren’t really my favourite of all times. So, I’m not gonna be original, and I use the Hearstopper card.
Nick and Charlie are easily one of my favorite canon ships. They’re really cute, and the comics are really heart-warming.
Ghost – An Anticipated Read that Ended Up Being Disappointing
I’m a huge fan of the Netflix TV show She-Ra, and when I heard there was a comic, I was on fire (see the pun?). I wanted it so bad, but my excitement died really soon. The book was way thinner than I thought it would be, and really, the story is cute, but it brings nothing new to the table. It deserved at least a hundred more pages, so the story could really be developed and interesting. I’d like to explore more the She-Ra universe, and comics can be such a good material to do so, but The Legend of the Fire Princess is lacking in many ways, and it was really disappointing.
Colours – A Book with a lot of Character Development
I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo this year, and it is one of my favorite read of the year. I loved everything about it, and mostly the character of Evelyn Hugo, who is such an intelligent character. And I loved seeing her evolve throughout the years, the decades, and see her development as a woman, an actress, a mother, a lover.
If you haven’t already, and you love good character-driven novels, then you should definitely pick up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo — and discover the incredible story of her wife.
Strange Love – A Book You Consider a Guilty Pleasure
I’ve discovered this trilogy back when I was 15, and it has been one of my favourite ever since. I know not everyone likes this book, and I understand why they don’t (the heroine being written as fierce and strong but being carried by her male partner every time she faints (and she faints a lot), for example), but still, I love those books. I’ve re-read all three of them before the first season of the TV adaptation was aired, and I’m not much of a re-reader, but it was such a pleasure! I love the world-building, love the plot, love the characters, love the romance…
Coming Down – A Book that has Emotionally Destroyed You
A Little Life has been recommended to me by my friend (she loves to make me read books that’ll crush me I think) and I’ve read it back in January 2019… I haven’t been the same since.
Saying A Little Life has destroyed me is no exaggeration. I’m still hurt by this book, and if we’re going to talk about it, please bring me tissues and a warm blanket. Just thinking about it, thinking about one particular scene… I’m shivering.
This is a really beautiful book, but really hard to read, because of its graphic depictions of so many triggers content. If you intend to read it, please be careful and check the warnings beforehand. But otherwise, I recommend it vividly!
Haunting – A Paranormal Book that Gave You Chills
Ah. Well, we’ve talked about this before, and, well, you may know I’m not a huge fan of paranormal/horror book. Even thrillers, they’re too scary. So, hum, joker?
Gasoline – A Book You Want to Re-Read
I’ve read Rebecca back in March 2019, as it was just announced Netflix was going to adapt it. And I loved it. And then I saw the Netflix adaptation. And I loved Daphne du Maurier’s book even more. Really, this new adaptation does not do the book justice. It is a gothic story with morally grey, manipulative, and dark characters. It’s no love story, not like the movie shows it at least. I bought the book with the movie poster as a cover nonetheless (because the movie sucks but its posters are really pretty) and I think I’ll read it again, in English this time, and swoon over Daphne du Maurier’s beautiful and smart story all over again.
Control – A Book with an Antihero or Morally Grey Main Character
Well… is it cheating to use a book twice? As I said, Daphne du Maurier’s book is filled with morally grey characters. I won’t spoil you, but no one in this story is as innocent as they seem. Who is the real victim, and who is the real big bad? Is there even an accurate answer to it? Rebecca is an ambiguous story, and this is what makes it so great. Really, do yourself a favor, and read this masterpiece.
Young God – A Fantasy Book Featuring Deities
I haven’t read that book… yet. Lovely War really sounds good, and I heard only great things about it so I’m excited! The goddess Aphrodite tells her husband, Hephaestus, and lover, Ares, the story of four people who found love in the middle of the First World War, thirty years ago, as outside their hotel room Word War II is wreaking havoc. The goddess tries to find the answer to the age-old question: why are Love and War eternally drawn to each other?
I Walk the Line – A Retelling You Like Better than the Original Work
I’m realizing that I’m coming up blank with this one. I’ve read retellings, but not that many, and even if they were great, I wouldn’t say I like them better than the original works… Joker, again?
BONUS: Is There Somewhere – A Book That Makes You Feel Nostalgic
I’ve read those books when I was a young teen, and I was the only one in my group of friends to do so, so it was really my thing. I haven’t really picked them up since, but they still hold a particular place in my heart. And I even met the two really kind authors — and it was really something for two big American authors to come in French cities other than Paris! Seriously this saga makes me so nostalgic, I remember spending all day long on my bed reading them, and it’s such a special feeling.
- Lucie @ Call Me Luh
- Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat
- Nadini @ Novels and Nebulas
- and everyone else who wishes to do it!
Have you read any of these books?
What books do you think could match best with Halsey’s Badlands?
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