Thank you to Shanya and Tanya @ TwinBookmarks for tagging me to do the new Disney Princess book tag, this is such a fun one! There are 13 questions, so grab a cup of tea and a blanket and settle in, it’s going to be a long one.
- Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
- Tag Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews and Zuky @ BookBum so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world
- Play a game of tag at the end!
Snow White – This book (like the movie) started it all
Favourite debut book from an author
Half Bad by Sally Green
I was given Half Bad by a friend who works at Waterstones, I’d never heard of it but it was a new release at the time and he thought I’d like it. Well, he was right, I am absolutely obsessed with this series, and I feel like not enough people have read it or talk about it. I’m yet to read the third in the trilogy, but it’s right at the top of my list!
Sally Green is currently working on a new book called The Smoke Thieves, which comes out next spring and sounds amazing!
Cinderella – A diamond in the rough
Just like Cinderella, you didn’t expect much out of this character in the beginning, but they turned out to be a total gem
Nesta from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
I really did not like Nesta in A Court of Thorns and Roses, she was so mean and spoilt, and treated Feyre like dirt. But, by the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin I actually loved her, she turned out to be brave and loyal, and one of the strongest female characters I’ve ever come across.
Aurora – Sleeping Beauty
A book that makes you sleepy or could not hold your attention
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
I really want to like this book, it’s exactly my usual sort of thing – fairytale retelling, YA, high fantasy – but I’m struggling to get into it. It’s very dense with new names, places and creatures and I think I’m just not in the mood, because I’d normally be obsessed, but I’m just finding it so easy to put down and walk away from. I’m going to persevere because I’ve heard good things and I want to love it. It’s not boring, or badly written, it’s just not pulling me in.
Ariel – Under the sea
A book with a water/ocean setting
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I’m listening to the audio book of this at the moment, and absolutely loving it. Mia just sailed from one continent to another on a boat, so I think this counts as a water based book. It was this or Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I don’t read many books set at sea and this needs to change. Give me your pirate book recs!
Belle – Beauty and the books
Name a book with the best bookworm/book lover
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I can’t choose between Celaena and Dorian, they bond over their shared love of books (and dogs!) and are just adorable book dragons. If you ignore the fact she’s an assassin and a slave (I won’t say anymore, no spoilers!) Celaena is totally relatable – she loves books, clothes, shopping and the opera.
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)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Boy hunts ghosts. Finds scariest ghost ever. Falls in love.
If you haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood, what are you doing? Go and read it now! It’s a hilarious, cute, terrifying YA horror – Cas is like the younger Winchester brother you wish Sam and Dean had.
Pocahontas – The real life princess
Name a book that is based on a real life person you want to read/have read
Talking as fast as I can by Lauren Graham
I’m not normally a biography or autobiography reader, I like fiction, fantasy worlds, magic etc. But if there was one autobiography I was going to read it would be Lauren Graham’s. I’ve heard she actually reads the audio book herself, so I’m probably going to get that at some point. I just think she’s hilarious, and Gilmore Girls is one of my all time favourite shows, so I’d love to hear all her stories from behind the scenes.
Other potentials include Amy Schumer, Anna Kendrick and Amy Poehler.
Mulan – The princess that saved her country
Name the fiercest heroine you know
Puck from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Puck lost both her parents to a water horse attack, she lives with her two brothers who are sweet but ultimately useless, and she is facing eviction from the home she grew up in. Instead of falling to pieces, she decides to enter the most dangerous competition in existence, a horse race between the capaill uisce, only she decides to ride her regular old horse. Seriously, if she isn’t the fiercest, most badass heroine you’ve ever read then you haven’t read The Scorpio Races.
Tiana – The princess with the coolest and most diverse crew
Name a diverse book, whether it is a diverse set of characters or just diverse in general
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Wylan and Matthias are the most diverse gang of thieves and crooks I’ve ever seen in literature. Seriously, check out some of the gorgeous fanart that’s been created with these characters. I love each and every one of these gun-toting, knife-wielding, bank-robbing beauts. Plus, it’s set in the same universe as the Grisha Trilogy, which gives it such a rich history and culture to build on. It’s one of the best series I’ve ever read.
Rapunzel – Let your long hair down
Name the longest book you’ve ever read
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
At a whopping 870 pages, Order of the Phoenix is the longest book I have ever read, and I don’t regret a single second of it. Other notably long books I’ve read are City of Heavenly Fire at 725 pages, and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas at 699.
(To find out the longest book you’ve read you can go to My Books on your Goodreads, find Stats on the left, and check the pages tab for each year you’ve been a member. You’re welcome!)
Merida – I determine my own fate
A book where there is no love story/interest
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I love Kelsea’s character arc from The Queen of the Tearling, she’s such a layered character with so many strengths and weaknesses, and she becomes a great queen without any need for a king or a boyfriend. She does have a brief fling with one of her guards, but she ends it when she realises he feels more strongly about her than she does about him. The whole story is about female empowerment, as much as it’s about a fantasy dystopian future.
Anna & Elsa – Frozen hearts
A book in a winter/cold setting
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Unfortunately I DNFed this one because it was a library book and my loan ran out, but I might come back to it at some point. It’s a YA thriller, which there aren’t enough of, about a girl who goes hiking in the snowy mountains and gets kidnapped and held hostage by a couple of guys in a log cabin.
Moana – How far I’ll go
A character that goes on a journey
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
In the first book of The Remnant Chronicles, Lia travels from her home to a remote coastal town to escape her duties as future queen. In the second book, she travels across the lands with a band of “barbarians” to their kingdom, stopping at various outposts along the way, and in the third book she travels back from the barbarian kingdom to her own. That’s a lot of travelling!
I’m just going to nominate a few people, if you’ve already done this tag or don’t fancy it, that’s OK! If I haven’t nominated you but you want to try, go ahead, and tag me so I can see your answers.
- Rendz @ Reading with Rendz
- Julianna @ blots of ink and words
- Nadwa @ Painfully fictional
- Laura @ the book corps
- Christine @ The Story Salve
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recs for me? Give your thoughts and opinions people, I need to know if you love or hate The Shadow Queen, and if you have any pirate themed books I should read!