Look at me doing things that I was tagged on literally at the beginning of this year! Obviously I’m not one for deadlines, but hey, better late than never, yes? 😂
Phase 1: Initial Attraction
A book that you bought because of the cover.
If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth.
Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. Things aren’t so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.
Yellow by Megan Jacobson. I mean, the title hints at practically nothing but that cover is so, so gorgeous. ❤
Phase 2: First Impressions
A book that you got because of the summary.
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
While the cover for Nevernight is gorgeous, it was actually the summary that first got my attention. Bloodthirsty killers and a school for assassins are right up my alley. 😛
Phase 3: Sweet Talk
A book with great writing.
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Hmm, maybe The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski? The writing is great for the setting and is descriptive without being overwhelming. It’s also really subtly poetic.
Phase 4: First Date
A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series.
Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.
All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.
Three chapters into The Deal, and I knew I wanted to read everything else set in this universe. Don’t let the cover fool you — this book is not just about sex, and the relationship between the main characters is really, really sweet. I also love when supporting characters get their own story, which definitely happens in this series. 💕
Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls
A book that kept you up all night.
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.
Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…
So. Many. Books. I generally read before bed and I have little to zero discipline so I often end up staying up to finish. One of the last books to keep my up all night was Lauren Oliver’s Replica, which will be published in October. It was fun and gripping and honestly spooked me a little.
Phase 6: Always on My Mind
A book you could not stop thinking about.
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see.
What better to put as an answer here but V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic? It’s been several months since I first picked it up and I still can’t stop thinking about how great the magic system and the world-building are.
Phase 7: Getting Physical
A book you love because of the way it feels.
Can I just say all the books? I’m a sucker for matte paper and these days books are so prettily bounded and packaged! It doesn’t take deckled edges or raised titles to make me happy. 💕
Phase 8: Meeting the Parents
A book which you would recommend to your family and friends.
This question is kind of vague because everyone reads different things and has different likes and dislikes, so I usually tailor my recommendations to whoever it is I’m speaking to.
My mum, for example, reads regency romance so I’d recommend her a Lisa Kleypas book or a Julia Quinn book. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is a huge fantasy/sci-fi nerd but has enjoyed my YA recs before (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Wrath and the Dawn, A Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious, When Michael Met Mina), so maybe I’ll go with This Savage Song next. 😛
Phase 9: Thinking about the Future
A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future.
I don’t really reread but there is a veeery particular kind of book I tend to reread — usually books that appeal to me personally in that what the characters go through reflect my real life. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is one of those books, and I also really like David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary. I feel like each time I reread these books I get something new out of them, and that doesn’t happen with every book.
Phase 10: Share the Love
Who do you tag?
- Allie @ A Literary Wanderer
- Paige @ Paige’s Pages
- Iridescence @ Light Up the Shining Night Stars
- Louise @ Bookish Tribute
- Megan @ Bookslayer Reads
- Lois @ Lois Reads Books
- Amy @ Talking Tales
- Emma @ afterbutterflyrain
- Grace @ kimmie.gg
- Sara @ Freadom Library
Feel free to skip this tag or link me to it if you’ve done it, you guys! And have a lovely, lovely weekend. 😊