HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, FOLKS! ❤ Calliope The Book Goddess tagged me to do this a long time ago — specifically last October, which makes this post, well, about five months late, but honestly probably quite perfect for this day of love. A word of caution: This tag made me hungry, and I am now going to go and get myself some ham and cheese croissants. 🙂
Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) love.
Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and The Dawn. I haven’t yet read a bad review for it (although I would love to!), and I do say this for a lot of hyped books and then get disappointed when I actually read them myself), but with this one, I’m actually on the bandwagon as well.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.
Little Peach by Peggy Kern. It was hard to get through because of the subject matter–child prostitution, domestic abuse, parental neglect, drug use–but it was honestly one of the most eye-opening books I’ve read this year.
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen. Thought it would be a heartbreaking novel about family forgiveness, parent-child relationship, and dealing with terminal illnesses, but none of the characters really caught to me and it just wasn’t fulfilling.
Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly.
Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV.
Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston. I went into this book thinking it would be similar to The Wrath of The Dawn (i.e. as adventurous, as beguiling, as fast) simply because they’re roughly based on the same folktale, but this one turned out to be so literary, so serious, and (honestly) so slow-paced.
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next. And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow.
Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John! It was published ages ago so obviously attention has died down, but it still remains one of my favourite stand-alone contemporary YA novel ever. The main character is deaf and manages a rock band.
The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.
The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she’s deaf?
Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.
I literally can’t think of anything. Oops. D:
Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.
The Maze Runner. I love seeing the maze for real, and (FINE, I ADMIT) I have the teensiest crush on Ki Hong Lee and Dylan O’Brien, so that movie was just eye candy.
Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.
Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts. This one’s often called the Australian’s The Fault in Our Stars, but I do think they’re quite different.
“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.”
So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives.
Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.
This is super easy because I live in Australia and very few books take place here (that I read)! I’m going with Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.
So… I read Nuts with a couple of Twitter friends last year, and can I just say everything? I’m a sucker for books to do with food, mostly because I love to eat. Nuts’ main character is a chef and she makes THE BEST FOOD EVER. From simple aglio olio pasta to gloriously delectable cakes, I want them all.
After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly.
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