This is one tag that I’m choosing to do, just because it called my name. I found the tag on Emma’s blog, A Dreamer’s Library, but it was created by Arkon and Annie, obviously inspired by VE Schwab’s amazing Shades of Magic Trilogy, which I loved so I couldn’t resist tagging myself. Not to mention, the graphics are gorgeous!
There really aren’t any rules, just answer the questions relating to the Four Londons, ‘Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London‘, and if you decide to do the tag and want to use the graphics they are available for use, but please acknowledge the designers, Arkon and Annie.
And don’t forget to visit both amazing blogs!
Here we go!
Really, there are none. Once I’ve quit a book, I usually never go back to it. There are a few that haunt me, because I feel like they should have been something I enjoyed. The books that I think maybe I quit because I wasn’t in the mood for them at the time, but maybe if I picked them back up again I’d have a different opinion. Maybe they’re my ‘books that got away’.
The only one that I can say I’ve truly left behind forever would be Twilight. Even books from my childhood, those that I’d likely never read again, are still with me in some aspect. I could never leave them behind forever. Twilight, though, I’ve definitely put that series behind me, and I don’t look back.
I’m interpreting this question a little different than the creators did. To me, Grey London was devoid of magic, and yet there was something that Kell still loved about it. He was drawn to Grey London and even kept a room there. Despite it’s ‘dullness’, he found that he loved it. So to me, the question implies a book that should have been bad, but it had one beautiful spark that made you love it anyway.
When I think of it that way, I immediately picture The Foxhole Court books. I’ve never ever read a plot that was such a disaster, but at the same time been so consumed with the story. Even though my head knows that the series isn’t great, my heart still adores them! It’s one of my favorite love stories.
This is a really hard question! There are so many books that made me feel blessed. I’ve read so many books that I think made me a better person. How in the world could we only pick one.
I think, if I’m forced to, I would say that one of my favorite books, and one that made me feel blessed, was Wonder. As a middle grade book, it has one of the simplest lessons that can apply across the board. That lesson was kindness. It’s a book that I think every parent should read to their kids.
I do a lot of rereading, so there are the books like Outlander or Jellicoe Road that I adore, but I think they’ve revealed all their secrets to me. I’ll go with something newer, that I’ve only reread a couple times, and yet I still pick up on nuances I’ve never noticed before. That would be the Captive Prince trilogy.
Stepping away from true fantasy, because I don’t usually fear their worlds. They’re just far too beautiful and magnificent. I’m going to steer this one toward Urban Fantasy, and go with the Kate Daniels world. There’s definitely something to love in a world that fluctuates between technology and magic, like a swinging pendulum, that is so awesome. Yet, the creepy zombie like vampires, and all the monsters would definitely creep anyone out.
Red Rising! For the first 25% I was confused, and lost, and the entire cutting scene with Darrow was just so boring. I kept pushing myself through, and I’m so glad I did because the second half of the book was one of the best wild rides ever, and overall this trilogy has gone down as one of my favorites.
I’m also going to say The Monstrumologist, for pretty much the same reasons. The start was so grotesque, and the writing was very dry. I almost quit multiple times, but I pushed through and I ended up enjoying it, and loving each of the subsequent books.
A book/series that I would kill for… The new Ronan Trilogy by Maggie Steifvater. I have no idea when it’s coming out, but I’m so excited for it I can barely contain myself. Ronan was my favorite character from Raven Cycle. Then, when you think about where he left off, I can’t WAIT for more!
Oddly enough, this one is easy. I would save Outlander. It’s the book that I’ve loved the most over the years, and the characters mean everything to me. Maybe it’s a selfish save. Maybe I should save something more profound, but the world is ending so I’m going to be selfish.
Way too many to name, but I’ll go with the one that consumed me most recently. Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan. It wasn’t perfect, but the romance in it was off the charts. I swooned and sighed, and I couldn’t put it down no matter how hard I tried. It’s the first book in a long time that kept me up well past midnight during the workweek. I was the definition of ‘consumed’.
Just about anything that started out as a Twilight fanfiction is automatically struck from my shelves. Even series that I’ve started and enjoyed, once I hear they started as a Twilight fanfiction I lose all interest. I have nothing against Fanfiction, and I don’t care who loves and enjoys Twilight. It’s just not for me. Anyway, at the top of that list is the Fifty Shades series.
Melina Marchetta, hands down. I love her style of writing, and she only releases internationally first. I always pay to have the international copy shipped to me, just so I don’t have to wait for the US release date. She’s my #1 most favorite author of all time, and Jellicoe Road is her best book.
What character/s from the Shades of Magic trilogy would you like to see have a spinoff?
I’m cheating and picking two, but they go together so you can’t say I’m cheating. I would love a spinoff about Rhy and Alucard. I loved them both so much, and I would love to read more of their adventures.
If you could rule one of the four Londons, which one would you rule?
Red, of course. I want the happiness, and the joy. I don’t want to live in a place as vicious as the white, and I already live in the gray. I would definitely choose to live in Red, Kell’s London.
This tag is so much fun, and if you’ve read Shades of Magic I implore you to join in. I’m not going to tag anyone specific though, because I’m just not sure who has read this series and would be interested.
If you do tag yourself, please ping me back. I’d love to hear your selections for the four Londons.
Thanks for reading!