Tag Thursday: 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

It feels weird to say that this time next week the big day will be over, I’m feeling decidedly unchristmassy this year, I’m not sure why, I think maybe the cost is a big factor, we don’t buy for many but both the kids want new bikes and we’ve just had to get the car fixed for over £300 so kerching…..I’m hoping that by completing this Christmas Book Tag I’ll feel more in the festive spirit though!

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

For me, Lauren James is the queen of writing amazing standalone books. Whilst I love The Quiet at the end of the World, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe just tips it because that twist totally came out of nowhere and turned the the story on it’s head in the most spectacular way! She also wins Gaynor prizes for her outstanding covers.


ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Cress and Carswell from the Lunar Chronicles without a doubt, he’s a loveable cad and she’s beautifully naive but he never takes advantage of that. Their connection is amazing and it was a joy to read, I love them!


ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: THREE FRENCH HENS.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

During this year I discovered the Red Rising books and I was totally blown away by them. This relates to the first trilogy as the second I’m not quite loving as much sadly. But for the first, I just couldn’t get over the world building and the sheer scale of it all, the story was relentlessly exhilarating, exhausting and heartbreaking and I read them all back to back and highly recommend them.


ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FOUR CALLING BIRDS.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

Throne of Glass is the longest series I probably own and I know it’s an obvious choice but its such an amazing series, with fantastic characters. I totally do not ship Aelin and Rowan though which is a shame as it’s the only thing that bugs me about it – his behaviour towards her in Heir of Fire is such a thumbs down!


ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favourite Villain/Antagonist?

One of my all time favourite series is the Lunar Chronicles and one of the reasons that it’s so amazing is because of how chilling Queen Levana is as a villain, what makes it harder as a reader though is that you know she has been through something devastating to make her that way, but she is still pretty unforgivable! I’ve still to read her origin story, Fairest, which has to be one that I need to bump up the list!


ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SIX GEESE A LAYING.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

I absolutely adore the world of Morainia from Bethany Adam’s return of the elves series, it utterly gorgeous with magical forests, dragon caves and swirling mists, it has everything an epic fantasy world should have. I even don’t mind when the story flips to earth because again the locations chosen often feel as magical. Each new character and story brings a new facet to the world which never feels overwhelming with it’s scope. I can’t wait to read Ascent when it’s lands next year as its a consistent 5 star series for me!


ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

Well it just has to be Pan from His Dark Materials! As fearless a Lyra and as much a main character as her I just love them. Watching the new TV series has just brought all the old feels back!


ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

I’ve been pretty stumped by this one, Nina from Six of Crows has her waffles but I can’t really say she brought it to a whole new level, I suppose Lord of the Rings has a second breakfast which is a pretty epic idea!


ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: NINE LADIES DANCING.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Without a doubt, Mia Corverre from the Nevernight trilogy. This was a series that I only started to read this year and I just finished Darkdawn last week! It was such an emotional ride and I’m still reeling from so much of it and parts of it left me heartbroken. Mia is amazing and goes through so much but always with a Gravebone dagger and snarky kitty at her side. Its phenomenal writing and I’m so glad all the books were out for me to read!

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TEN LORDS A LEAPING.

How about your favourite leading lad?

Kaz, oh my Kaz Brekker he is so gloriously morally grey and I love him for it! I adore his character so much I actually got a custom made Kaz funko for my birthday 🙂 Always one step ahead and never far from a cunning plan  Six of Crows will forever be one of my favourite duology’s and now I have both in the collectors editions too, I’m definitely going to get a re-read in next year!


ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: ELEVEN PIPES PIPING.

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.

I’ve not got one, but I love these cute little Harry Potter themed music boxes!


ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING.

Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year

This is so so hard by I think Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury has to be my winner. State of Sorrow was one of my favourite books of 2018 and Song of Sorrow topped my list of anticipated reads for 2019 – it didn’t disappoint at all. I love it from start to finish, the story going in so many directions that I didn’t foresee and truly sealed my adoration for Luvian Fen – although as a far as me mentally dating a fictional character goes, I feel that I’m likely crossing an age barrier sadly!

I tag anyone who wants to do this fun Christmas tag!

 

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