I recently saw this book tag on the blog Worlds Unlike Our Own. I know everyone is probably over Shadow and Bone by now, but I haven’t really been online since it came out but I still wanted to have a go!
I read the first book in the Shadow and Bone series just before the TV series came out and I binge watched the whole show. I do not really watch TV – I struggle to stay focused and always get distracted by something or other. I was really surprised at how invested I became in the series and how quickly I devoured it. I’ve now watched it twice, and writing this post now is making me want to watch it again.
Anyway, the Grishaverse Book Tag was originally created by Rebecca McPeake on YouTube a few years ago, but what better time to bring it back than when the TV series is out.
Kaz Brekker – A Book You Shouldn’t Judge by its Cover
This was quite hard for me because I normally buy the cover that I like of a book. However, the cover for A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas isn’t my favourite. I hated the cover changes at first. They are warming to me, but I still prefer the style of the old covers.
Nina Zenik – A Book That Made You Feel Empowered
Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney is definitely one that made me feel empowered – it is one that I wish I could have had when I was a teenager. It is a book about feminism, it is funny, it is sex-positive and I think it is great.
Inej Ghafa – A Book with a Good Balance of Character and Plot
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary was a perfect balance for me with character and plot – especially for a contemporary read. I really liked the dual perspectives and the dual timelines.
Alina Starkov – A Unique Book, One That is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Read
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – this book read like a film to me. It had a vast cast of characters and the way it was written it felt like a movie. It was unlike anything I have ever read but it was wonderful.
Mal Oretzev – A Book That Always Sticks with You
I think one that recently has really stuck with me is Hunted by Meagan Spooner. It was unlike any other Beauty and the Beast retelling that I had read, and I just really, really loved it.
The Darkling – A Book with a Dark Plot/Story Line
A dark story line… I will go for Heartless by Marissa Meyer purely because it is told from the Queen of Hearts perspective, and we know that eventually things will have to go bad for her to end up the villain in the original story.
Jesper Fahey – A Book That People Always Seem to Leave Out
Recently I have been really trying to get through some hyped books so I feel like all of the books I am reading are talked about quite a bit. I scrolled through my ‘read’ books on Goodreads and in 2019, I read Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom and I feel like I don’t see anyone talk about that book. I really loved that one. It has a blind main character and I had never read a book with a blind main character so it was different for me too.
Wylan Van Eck – A Book That Wasn’t What it Seemed at First
I think I have said this recently, but I am going to say The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. I was expecting a cute, light contemporary but it actually deals with some tougher topics too which I wasn’t expecting but really loved.
Matthias Helvar – A Book That was Bad at First but Turned out Good
I honestly can’t think of an answer for this one. Normally when I think a book is bad, I just stop reading it. I don’t have any issues putting books down. Sometimes I will put books down and return to them later but if I think they’re bad to start with, I wouldn’t return to it.
Okay, I’ve just returned to this one. How could I forget? I always spoke so negatively about Throne of Glass before I gave them another chance. I even got rid of my original copies and had to get them again. So, I am choosing the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.
Nikolai Lantsov – A Witty Book
The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent was quite a witty book! I laughed my way through that book.
I found that harder than I thought I would. It did however really make me want to watch the show again. Let me know if you’ve watched the show!