The New Disney Princess Book Tag

Huge thanks to Darque Dreamer Reads for tagging me! This was so much fun to do!


The Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you!
  • Tag Zuky’s and Mandy’s posts (the awesome creators of the tag) so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mandy @Book Princess Reviews & Zuky @ Book Bum)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

The Tag:

❆ Snow White ❆

This Book (like the Movie) Started It All
Favorite Debut Book From an Author

Legend (Legend, #1)

I thought of several books but kept realizing they were not in fact debuts. Fail 😂 It’s hilarious to me that for most authors I’ve read all of their books except their debuts. Anyway, after a bit of thought, I’m going with Marie Lu, as I have literally followed her since the release of Legend. Warcross is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. As a side note, I’m only now realizing that I’ve never liked any of Lu’s covers… A perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover; I can’t imagine not having these books in my life, no matter how heartbreaking the endings always seem to be. 😭💔

✬ Cinderella ✬

A Diamond in the Rough
Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But They Turned Out to Be a Total Gem

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

I hate to use the same authors and books across tags, but it has to be Ronan Lynch from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. I was indifferent towards him in The Raven Boys, as I didn’t know enough about him to form a real opinion, but I adored him in The Dream Thieves and haven’t stopped adoring him since. Though I wasn’t happy with the conclusion to TRC, I can’t wait for Ronan’s sequel trilogy!

 Aurora ❧

Sleeping Beauty
A Book That Makes You Sleepy, or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)

I have to go with Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller for this one. The night I received my e-ARC, I immediately read the first nine chapters. It’s been weeks now, and I still have not finished it; I’ve only been able to read one chapter at a time. :/ I’m trying to stay positive though; I think it is starting to pick up now. Hopefully. **Update: a few days later, I’m already liking it much better, but it’s true that the book just could not hold my attention for a while.**

⎈ Ariel ⎈

Under the Sea
A Book With a Water/ Ocean Setting

Drown

Naturally, I have to choose Drown by Esther Dalseno–a fantastic yet dark retelling of The Little Mermaid, perfect for fans of Pan’s Labyrinth. I’m dying to read her second novel, Gabriel and the Swallows, as it sounds like something only she could come up with and actually pull off–yet another hauntingly beautiful story with fairy tale-like qualities.

⚘ Belle ⚘

Beauty and the Books
Name A Book With The Best Bookworm/ Booklover

Pride and Prejudice

So the first characters that come to mind are Matilda, Cath from Fangirl, and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. I’m sure you know whom I picked what with the usage of the bold font, so yeah… I hadn’t read P&P until last year when I instantly loved it, and once again my love for it has been rekindled after acquiring DVDs of both the 1995 and 2005 adaptations. Also, I clearly need to find more books with protagonists of the booklover variety! Why can I only come up with three characters??? (Also, I’m not mentioning Celaena or Dorian, since I just don’t even know what to say after Empire of Storms…)

✰ Jasmine ✰

The Thief and the Princess
Name A Book With An Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance, or a Book You Didn’t Expect To Love So Much)

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I never expected to love Where She Went as much as I did. Gayle Forman‘s If I Stay was good, but for such an emotional story, oddly enough, it didn’t really affect me. On the other hand, Where She Went hit me right in the feels, over and over. It may have something to do with the fact that I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the narrator that was chosen. He perfectly brought Adam’s character and story to life. Anyway, even if you’re like me and didn’t enjoy If I Stay, I highly recommend its sequel!

✵ Pocahantas ✵

The Real Life Princess
Name A Book That is Based On a Real Life Person You Want to Read or Have Read

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story

The first book that really got me into reading biographies is Hyeonseo Lee’s The Girl with Seven Names–a book more people need to read. This year, I have really developed a love and passion for autobiographies and memoirs, and this book just affected me in a way I thought nonfiction never could. Much like The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (which I also enjoyed deeply), but on a whole other level of terrifying, it was an eye-opening read that perfectly exemplified why I’ve become interested in nonfiction, why I want to learn more about the world. Different from your typical memoir, TGWSN focuses on what life is like for those living in North Korea and what trials those who are lucky enough to escape must face, as Hyeonseo herself is a North Korean defector.

❈ Mulan ❈

The Princess That Saved Her Country
Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I’m happy to say that this a hard one to answer! I’ve met so many wonderful heroines throughout my life. Fiercest, though? I’d be lying if I didn’t say Lada from Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga. I mean, she’s literally a female version of Vlad the Impaler.

♥ Tiana ♥

The Princess With the Coolest and Most Diverse Crew
Name A Diverse Book, Whether it is a Diverse Set of Characters (Like Tiana’s Group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and More)or Just Diverse In General

The Six of Crows Duology Boxed Set

I have to agree with the majority on this one–the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo! Like DarqueDreamerReads wrote, the characters are diverse not only through their races but also through their varying personalities, beliefs, strengths/weaknesses, and pasts. It’s amazing to see a group of characters so different all in the same book, working together.

❁ Rapunzel ❁

Let Your Longggggg Hair Down
Name the Longest Book You Have Ever Read

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)

According to Goodreads, the longest book I’ve ever read is A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. 1000% worth the hours it took to finish. Though I love Game of Thrones, it will never compare to my love for the books, A Song of Ice and Fire. The books are always better; movie/TV adaptations are simply a quicker way to revisit some of my favorite moments.

✦ Merida ✦

I Determine My Own Fate
A Book Where There is No Love Story/ Interest or Isn’t Needed

This Song Will Save Your Life

I just realized that I’ve never mentioned This Song Will Save Your Life here on the blog before, and that is a huge mistake. It may be the only book I’ve read by Leila Sales, but it is my second most favorite and my second most relatable coming-of-age novel. Second only to Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, which nothing will probably ever beat, so it’s pretty much my favorite.

❆ Elsa & Anna ❆

Frozen Hearts
A Book in a Winter/ Cold Setting

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)

Well, this was enlightening. I literally scrolled through my entire Goodreads “read” shelf, and only found a handful of books that fit the bill. Only problem is that I didn’t like the majority of them, so through process of elimination my answer is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (review here)–the only book I enjoyed that takes place partially in a Winter setting. Very atmospheric and perfectly fit the tone of the book. Especially when combined with my playlist; it really impacted my reading experience.

❀ Moana ❀

How Far I’ll Go
A Character That Goes On a Journey

Daughter of the Forest  (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, #1)

Well, considering I almost exclusively read only fantasy, this applies to almost every book I’ve ever read. The first one to come to mind that I love immensely and have read for the first time last year is Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (my review here). Sorcha’s journey is probably the most intense, powerful, and emotional one I’ve ever come across.

**Note: The header image was made by the creators of the tag.**


I Now Tag:

I started tagging people and realized I was basically just tagging all of my mutuals, so I tag anyone who is reading this and wants to be tagged! I will gladly add links to your posts. ^-^

Taylor

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Book Review

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Series: Technically a standalone; however, a companion novel called The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is set to be released in 2018.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)

Source/Format: US hardcover

My Rating: 3/5 stars

“We're not courting trouble," I say. "Flirting with it, at most.” 

Eighteen-year old troublemaker Henry Montague, more affectionately referred to as Monty, has been given one final year–one last hurrah–before he must get his act together and officially take over his family's estate. Before then, Monty is to embark on a Grand Tour of Europe, as is common for most young men of his privileged status.

Joining him on this trip is his younger sister, Felicity, and his best friend, Percy. Percy, whom just so happens to be the one Monty, our bisexual protagonist, has been harboring a crush on for quite some time.

So not only does Monty have to worry about what he's going to do when his time is up, but he also must come to terms with whether or not Percy reciprocates his feelings; and even if he does, could they ever make the leap from being best friends to a couple?

“The great tragic love story of Percy and me is neither great nor truly a love story, and is tragic only for its single-sidedness. It is also not an epic monolith that has plagued me since boyhood, as might be expected. Rather, it is simply the tale of how two people can be important to each other their whole lives, and then, one morning, quite without meaning to, one of them wakes to find that importance has been magnified into a sudden and intense desire to put his tongue in the other's mouth. 
A long, slow slide, then a sudden impact.” 

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

Title: Lord of Shadows

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: Book 2 of The Dark Artifices trilogy (a Shadowhunters series)

Publisher: McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)

Source/Format: US Hardcover (B&N exclusive)

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

***SPOILER WARNING for Lady Midnight below!***

“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”

Lord of Shadows picks up two weeks after Lady Midnight. Despite our characters still reeling with emotional turmoil from recent events, they have bigger fish to fry. No seriously–ever since Malcolm’s death, there has been an odd surge in the number of sea demons coming ashore and wreaking havoc on the world.

As if that wasn’t worrisome enough, a group of Centurions, elite shadowhunters who train at the Scholomance, are on their way to the Los Angeles Institute. Once there, they plan to investigate Malcolm’s death–more specifically to confirm his death–but it also seems some of them have their own ulterior motives.

This of course proves to be a challenge for Julian. Arthur Blackthorn is nowhere near qualified to run the LA Institute, and as we now know, he hasn’t been. Julian has been stepping in for him and hiding this fact for years. But he is used to only having to hide this from his family, not Centurions–highly trained shadowhunters, the best of the best.

And of course, there’s that pesky parabatai bond. >.>

“Those who cannot love do not understand it.”

Julian has always been able to do what needs to be done for his family, but he has always had Emma at his side. Now, after Emma’s recent “confession” that she does not share Julian’s romantic feelings and is now dating Mark, their relationship is strained and awkward, leaving Julian stranded to deal with everything on his own.

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Mid-Year Freakout: Book Tag

Whoops, initially I forgot to put an intro here… I guess what I would have said is that I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. I moved to Florida at the end of September last year, and I keep thinking we’ve only lived here a few months when actually we’ve almost lived here a full year. Crazy. So much has happened and yet it still feels like 2017 has just begun.

Without any further ado, here’s my Mid-Year Freakout tag! (I tried to only use a book once by the way, even though a lot were contenders for multiple categories!) Enjoy, and link me to yours if you want!

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Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers: Book Review

Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)

Title: Assassin’s Heart

Author: Sarah Ahiers

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source/Format: US hardcover

My Rating: 3/5 stars (tentative rating)

“Family before family.”

In the kingdom of Lovero, murder is legal. Nine rival Families kill in the name of Safraella, the goddess of death, all while vying for the coveted position as first Family.

Seventeen-year old Lea belongs to one of these Families–the Saldanas–and as a clipper, she is responsible for directly carrying out Safraella’s will and assassinating those whom someone has paid to have killed.

Currently, Lea finds herself in somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet situation, as she just so happens to be courting a Da Via, despite all of the bad blood between them and the Saldanas. But Val Da Via is different, right? That’s what Lea believes anyway.

That is, until she wakes to her home engulfed in flames and her family murdered.

Lea has no choice but to flee, racked with guilt, as she is certain Val has used her and that the Da Vias are behind the attack. Though she’s still reeling with grief, she has only one goal: To find her estranged uncle–the last remaining Saldana–and ask for his aid in avenging her family’s deaths.

“What would I do? The only thing I could do.


Kill everyone responsible.”

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June 2017: TBR

Like May, June will also be a bit busy. However, this time it’s not really due to new releases. This time it’s due to the several birthdays and anniversaries my family and friends have to celebrate, and therefore probably trips and less reading time. I also hope to get a job, so there’s that…

Anyway, there are a total of ten books I hope to get to (realistically maybe only eight), so here they are in no particular order:

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Books vs. Audiobooks

This week, two of my three regular posts will focus on audiobooks, as they are something I have wanted to talk about for quite a while now, and I have so many thoughts I’d love to share and discuss.

Until maybe two years ago, I was that person who claimed people who liked audiobooks weren’t “real” readers. I also didn’t understand people who had no real way of organizing their books on their bookshelves or people who preferred ebooks over the real thing.

I fully regret feeling that way now, but that’s just what I thought back then. Books were my territory and anyone who dared to venture into it had better share my beliefs. Basically, I was an angsty teen, haha.  

Now, I’ve done a complete 180 and color code my bookshelves, listen to audiobooks whenever it’s the more convenient option, and prefer ebooks for easy reading at night.
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Unpopular Opinion: An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

So, shortly after I wrote my review for A Torch against the Night, I uploaded it to Amazon. After a few days of it being up, someone marked it as “unhelpful,” which is totally fine, as everyone is allowed to have their own opinions! (Who knows–maybe I wasn’t thorough enough for them. *shrugs*) It especially didn’t bother me, because they probably only down-voted it since I didn’t enjoy their favorite book.

This did, however remind me of the many unpopular opinions I have, and I decided I should more fully explain my feelings on this series (through lists of pros and cons like last time):

**potential small spoilers from here on out**

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Book Review

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Book one of the Strange the Dreamer Duology

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (UK edition)

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Format/Source: UK edition from Bookdepository

(Side note: Just putting it out there that I don't know if it was only for the first editions, but my UK hardcover came with a title page signed and illustrated by Laini herself as well as blue-stained pages. You need this in your life. 😍)

Where, oh where, to begin with this striking, unforgettable story Laini has given us?

Like with her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Laini's unrelenting and unparalleled talent for seamlessly weaving words together as if they were magic has once again offered us a remarkable, spellbinding world full of its own unique mythology/history and rich characters that you are bound to adore.

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