The Good Omens Book Tag!

Good Omens, was an amazing TV show! We pretty much signed back up to Amazon Prime just to watch it and it was totally worth the money. I have to admit I haven’t read the book and honestly I didn’t even know it existed until people started getting excited about the series! If there is one person who utterly adores this series it’s the wonderful Jemma at Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them. Thank you so much Jemma for creating this wonderful book tag, it’s probably the most fun one I’ve ever done!

“Would be funny if we both got it wrong, eh? If I did the good thing and you did the bad one?” – A book you expected to like but didn’t and/or a book you didn’t expect to like but did or more than you had thought you would.

Urgh, The Cruel Prince. I know, I know, so many people love that series and to a degree I did enjoy the final 3rd of book one – but I just can’t get past the schoolyard bullying and horrible abuse which still give me panic attacks thinking about. If ever there was a book to remind me how awful life for 14 year old me was – it’s his. I know I’m not it’s demographic, but I still went into it thinking it was going to be amazing and was properly gutted when I didn’t love it anywhere near as much as everyone else did.

“Get behind thee, foul fiend…After you.” – Favourite flirty line

It can’t be anyone other than my beloved pilot of the Rampion, Carswell Thorne! He is the cheesiest yet most heartwarming of romantic characters, he has my heart in a totally friend zone way (says me like I’m some sort of middle aged catch of the century lol.) But he and Cress just melted my heart so completely!

“I promise I won’t let you die without being kissed”

Is just the kind of eye rolling yet utterly charming behaviour that floats my boat, i’m 100% team Thorne!

“Somebody killed my best friend” – Bookish death that affected you the most

Without a doubt, Rue from The Hunger Games.  The first time I read that part, I was on the train and my word did I have to hold in that ugly cry – an attempt I achieved a “must try harder” grade in. It hit me hard because Rue was just a child, and children live through it right? Wrong, from the heart wrenching moment that Katniss realised that things were amiss, to her beautiful actions which won the support of district 11, this still gives me a teary feeling as it’s the catalyst for everything that made that trilogy amazing.

“You go too fast for me Crowley” – Favourite slow burn

My lord, I adore a slow burn! One of my favourites (of which there are many) are Rhys and Kai from the Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things series by Martina McAtee. These two are just utterly adorable in their pining broodiness. The entire of book one is alive with tension between the two who are not only dealing with their “will they wont they” feelings but also their sexuality. The whole way through they are both heartbreaking and hilarious, I highly recommend checking the series out!

“Thank you for my pornography” – A romance scene you loved or that made you cringe (stating which is optional if you’d like to keep people guessing)

I hate to say this, because ACOTAR is my favourite bookish rudies go to, I mean who doesn’t need a little chapter 55 in their life? However, when A Court of Frost and Starlight came out it was pretty divisive. Now, I’m pretty forgiving as I knew it was novella length and I was happy to be back in the world, and the set ups for future books in the series were great, what I can’t forgive though, it mid air winnowing sex between Rhysand and Feyre, I mean how much of an utter cringe was that paragraph?

“There never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it” – Have you ever been caught reading a book when you shouldn’t have been? Either for content or the situation. 

So I’m showing my age here, but when I was 11/12 years old, Forever; by Judy Blume was kind of a big deal, because it was a coming of age where the main character had sex for the first time, and it was pretty much the only book around that had that. I wanted to take it out of the school library but I wasn’t allowed to without parental permission. So me being a mortified almost teenager decided that I would just take it off the shelf and sit in the school library and read it instead, so my mum would never need to know. Until the librarian caught me and reported my happenings back to home.  As a caveat, my mum was a hippie in the 60’s where free love was a big deal, so incidentally, she couldn’t have cared less that I was reading it – it was all just my early teen sensitivities.

“Well, obviously. You’re a demon. That’s what you do.” – Favourite unapologetic villain.

Whilst the ending wasn’t all I hoped it would be, Jacks from the Caraval series, pretty much stole the show. The Prince of Hearts was always there when Tella needed him and whilst his methods were unashamedly unorthodox, he totally got under her skin to the point where I thought it could truly go either way. I appreciate that there are some readers who’s mammoth tbr’s haven’t let them reach Finale yet, so I will only say “if you know, you know”

“He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, ie., everybody, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.” – Favourite Twisty books

I’m totally going for a series with this one! Red Rising by Pierce Brown goes above and beyond, and in the words of Lord Melchet “twists and turns like a twisty turny thing.” At the time of writing I’m only part way into book 3 but I had the absolute joy of buddy reading book 1 with @eccentricowlreads and truly every time we came to chat we were like “so much happened, I didn’t see that coming.” from Darrow’s demise, to his carving, to the institute initiation, to the institute itself SO MUCH HAPPENS! I was speaking to the wonderful Sylv from @whizzpopcandles and the word we have for this series is “relentless” It’s honestly non stop twisty goodness from the start of each book from the next – I can’t believe that it took me so long to read these books!

“Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people.” – Favourite complex or morally grey character 

Ahh Kaz Brekker, you fit perfectly for this prompt both complex and morally grey. I adore you, yet you’re a murderous and conniving bastard at the best of times. His goal is usually to fleece someone to ruination, it’s just that he happens to get a lot of good stuff done for people along the way!

So there you go! If you want to play along consider yourself tagged!!

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