I didn’t have a blogtober post yesterday because I felt really sick, woops! So far, my blogtober posts haven’t really been aimed at the spooky season with the exception of Day 1and Day 3, so today I decided it’s time to get spooky! I did the 2.0 version of this tag last year, but this year the creator of the tag has added an extension to the tag so I figured I would not only redo the 2.0 version, but add in the additional 5 prompts!
For this one I’m gonna go with The Merciful Crow, because the magic that is involved in this is just so interesting and unique, plus the use of teeth for magic is creepy enough that it’s a perfect fall read!
I have so many books on my TBR that would be perfect to read at night (check out my spooky reads post for some of them) but of the books I have read, I would need to say The Diviners. While the book isn’t scary, the atmosphere is chilling enough that you feel like someone is watching you while you’re reading it!
I haven’t read too many thrillers this year, so definitely the most shocking book would be Skyward by Brandon Sanderson! I was NOT expecting that ending and after I finished the book I just sat there staring at the wall because I had no idea what was going to happen next and what it would mean for the characters.
This one has to go to Prince Jorg from Prince of Thorns. I’ve never read a character more heartless and murderous like him, especially since we are following Jorg himself in this series. It’s not often that you get the book from the perspective of a villainous character who is actually a bad guy and not just morally gray.
I think it’s been long enough since Kingdom of Ash came out, so I won’t feel too bad for talking about the deaths that happened. Of course, if you haven’t finished Kingdom of Ash yet just keep scrolling! I know that the death of the thirteen was meant as a sacrifice and helped Manon get back the Witch Kingdom, but come on! I was sobbing so hard while reading that scene and I wish they didn’t have to die for all witches to return home!
The best book that I could choose for this prompt would be The Eye of the World, which is the first book in The Wheel of Time! I finally decided to start this massive 14 book series this year, and while I’ve only read the first two books and have yet to start the third one, I can’t stop thinking about these characters and the world! I now own the first 10 books in the series so I can just read straight through while I look for used copies of the editions that I have for the last 4 books!
Most of the characters that I would want to protect at all costs can do a good job of protecting themselves, and probably me too! So to mix it up and mention something that isn’t fantasy, I’m going to say Henry and Alex from Red White and Royal Blue! They’re just the cutest together and that needs to be protected!
I don’t want to mention the same book I talked about last time (although it’s still 100% true) so I’ll go with Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. The farther I get from reading this book, the more I realize that I really didn’t like it and I can’t believe that I even finished it. The ending was such a cop out!
I hate that I didn’t like this book as much as I wanted to, so for that reason it still haunts me. That book would be In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire. I loved the other books in this series and I’ve listened to them all on audio, but I don’t know what it was about this one that was just….not for me.
I already mentioned this book in the last version of this tag that I did, but I used it for a different prompt so I don’t feel bad mentioning it for this one! What book, you ask? Well, it’s Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant! This book was scary because there it’s so realistic. We really don’t know what’s in the worlds oceans, so why not murderous mermaids?
Eli Ever from Vicious. I mentioned in my things I hate in books list that I hate when characters are overzealous with their religion and use it to justify their terrible treatment of others, so yes, I would definitely want to have words with Eli.
I need to go with Illuminae on this one! I was so nervous going in but I ended up loving it and honestly, everyone needs to give this a go even if they aren’t 100% sure they like science fiction because the way this story is told is just pure genius. It needs to be preserved so everyone can read it!
The cover for The Girl From the Well is super creepy! The more I look at it the more it creeps me out because the girl on the cover reminds me of the girl from The Ring.
I’ve been reading a lot of more popular books this year, so I’m going to have to go with a book I read last year that I think deserves far more attention than I’ve seen it get. That would be the Queens of Renthia series starting with Queen of Blood! I loved the main character of Daleina and how she was just an average girl thrown into a contest for the crown, and the magic system was really fun with the whole connection to the land thing. Which if you didn’t know, that’s one of my favorite things in books!
The first character that I thought of was Lou from Serpent & Dove! She just loves making people feel uncomfortable and is always playing around and doesn’t seem to take everything in life too seriously, especially when you know that she has something really dark in her past. She manages to get past that and it doesn’t change her fun loving nature!
I’m gonna go with an older read for this one, because I read this before starting my blog and I’ve never even talked about how I felt when I reached the end. The book I’m talking about is Crown of Midnight! When I first read this book, I knew that Celaena wasn’t her true name and she was hiding who she really was, and even though the clues were there I apparently didn’t pick up on them because when Chaol found out who she was I was just as surprised as he was!
Okay, I tried to go through this whole tag without mentioning the two books that I HATED because I mentioned them both in this tag last year, but I just need to mention one of them here because I haven’t had any other book make me as mad as The Surface Breaks did. In fact, it made me so made I couldn’t even finish it! It’s also the only book that I DNF’ed that I wrote a full review for because it made me that mad.
Wilder Girls, but only because the mutations the girls had were so creepy and reminded me of this one dream that I had when I was younger…but I won’t talk about it here because it’s making me freak out as I write this! But just know that it involves trypophobia and your hands, that should be more than enough to get an idea of where I’m going with this!
I would love to see everyone do this tag, but I’m actually going to tag a few people this time! (I know, who am I?? I never tag people!)