It’s time for another tag and I’ve got to say that initially this one couldn’t be any more perfectly timed in all honesty. Firstly I was tagged bang in the middle of a heatwave (although now it’s pretty much constant rain) and secondly it follows on perfectly from my last tag as well since that one was all about spring cleaning. Now it’s Fall but I still love this tag so, finally, here it is.
Thank you so, so much Emma @ AFCTL for tagging me to do this post. If you haven’t done so already you should definitely check out her wonderful page, along with her fantastic answers to this set of prompts.
You can now find Emma on WordPress here.
This tag originated over at Read By Tiffany and I used the wonderful graphics provided by the creator of the Tag.
As this is a summer tag I’d love to make my answer to this a lovely little contemporary novel set at a beach where the characters get to bask in the sun and chill out by the waves but the only one of those that I can think of I’m saving for a later question. I also really want to stick with the other answer that occurred to me because, it may not be a beach read, but its definitely set by the water.
To Kill A Kingdom is a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid so some of it is set beneath the water, some aboard ships and the rest at various kingdoms spread across the seas. Its setting seems perfect for this prompt and the writing is utterly gorgeous. If you haven’t done so already I strongly suggest you check this book out. Also look up the quotes on Goodreads because until I did so recently I’d forgotten how exquisite some of the writing was.
Rose and Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series have a romance that is fiery as hell. It’s a forbidden romance so they have to fight their attraction for each other and there are so many ups and downs to it over the course of the series. There’s tension, heartbreak, some really steamy make out sessions, truly touching tender moments and a massive side of danger too. What could make for a more fiery romance than that? I’m specifically picking Blood Promise because oh boy do things get intense for them in that book!
Initially I thought I’d struggle to answer this question but I have no idea why because the more that I thought about it, the more that I realized how many books involve journeys of some kind. There are actually books that I could pick over a vast range of genres but this time I’m going to go for a YA contemporary novel from a series that I fell in love with when I was younger. It’s been years so I’d love to re-read this sometime but anyway… I’m picking Sealed With A Kiss because it just screams road trip to me. It’s the third book in the series and they all involve trips of some kind (the first to Paris, the second to a festival) but in this novel Edie and Dylan take a summer road trip to America and that just seemed like such a fitting choice for this prompt. There are ups and downs, tension, trouble, family reunions (from what I remember) and so much more.
On a slightly related note do you ever get memories of scenes from books that you can’t quite place? I have ‘journey’ memories (which is why I’m mentioning it here) that I think could be from Eve but I’m in no way certain.
Definitely Daughter Of Smoke And Bone. Everything about that book, and the series in general, was utterly addictive and dazzling. The story, the characters and magic are all so creative and enough to leave you starstruck on their own. I remember falling in love with the descriptions of places whilst reading this book too. The aspect of this series that left me totally awestruck though was the writing; Laini Taylor’s words weave together so wonderfully and her books are utterly gorgeous. They’re definitely the type to leave a reader speechless. Which also means I definitely need to hurry up and get on with Strange The Dreamer sometime.
I know this isn’t going to be a popular choice but I have to say Twilight for this one because when I first read it I quite literally could not put the books down. I was on holiday whilst reading them and despite being in a fairly loud environment I was so utterly intoxicated by the books that I spent every spare second that I could with my head buried in those pages. I actually really want to re-read the series sometime tbh. I understand some of the issues that people have with them but I really do hope that I still love them regardless.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but this is actually the hardest question of the lot for me to answer which is probably a bad thing. Why don’t I know many stories with sweet romances in them? Am I just being forgetful or what? So I’m going to pick Along For The Ride (the other book that I was tempted to pick for the first question) and hope that I’m remembering it clearly as it’s been several years and I’m in dire need of a re-read of this to remind me of the plot more clearly. I think this was a story that had an overall feeling of ‘cute’ to the romance though? I know I loved it and… well I’ll re-read it sometime to find out if I’m right about the couple being a sweet one. I do really want to read Stay Sweet and feel like that would probably make a good answer to this question (it even has ice cream on the cover!) but as I haven’t got around to it yet I can’t actually say whether it has a sweet romance or not with any true level of certainty :L
Do you know any cute romances? Future reading suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Okay I spoke too soon. This is the hardest question for me to answer although, again, I’m guessing that means I need to start picking up more upbeat, refreshing books! So, again, suggestions would be greatly appreciated for books to read in the future that are refreshing, upbeat, happy and bright. I really want to pick a contemporary YA novel for this but, although there are plenty that I’ve read and loved, I’d feel a bit odd about describing any of them as a breath of fresh air. Guitar Girl, for example, ripped my heart out and Cat Clarke’s books are generally quite crushing too.
So I’m going to have to say The Dark Days Club for this, even though it’s not really what I’d have initially expected to answer this prompt with. I love the book in the series that I’ve read so far though and really need to get on with the rest. I’d like to think of them as a breath of fresh air because they felt different to a lot of the fantasy books that I’ve read before. They merge Regency era London with demons and those whose job is it to slay them. With it’s mixture of demons and high society I loved this book and I did find the setting and concept refreshing… so that counts right?
For this I feel like I have to pick Jude from The Cruel Prince because she’s had to overcome so many obstacles and just continually seems to come up against more. Getting ripped violently from her home and having to adjust to life with the fae was an obstacle right from the very start. There’s one chapter in the first book, where she explains how she’s constantly in fear with a couple of descriptions of past fae based traumas, that I just find absolutely haunting. Then she comes up against constant betrayals and battles and just… ahhh… I have no idea how the hell she stays so strong.
Firstly I just want to say that I’m totally in awe of Emma’s answer to this question! Go and check it out because it’s so perfectly spot on and yet I don’t think I’d ever have managed to think of it.
I’m cheating and putting two answers to this question but only because I want to mention the second, but I’m trying very hard not to mention it every five minutes because honestly? I could :L
Firstly I picked Sweetly because it’s the answer that immediately sprang to mind for me when I saw this question. It’s a Hansel and Gretel retelling where the central characters are invited to stay with a beautiful candy maker. From what I remember this book has some really mouth watering descriptions of confectionery which is why it immediately sprang to mind. So yes, this definitely featured some delicious food!
Whilst thinking on the question more though I realized that another perfect answer when it comes to this prompt is surely Harry Potter? Food isn’t a major plot point or anything but there are so many examples of where it’s mentioned. The massive feasts, for one, where the plates refill themselves and everything looks, smells and tastes divine. It even adds in some different dishes when schools from other countries come to visit. The sweets and treats that have been thought up from Honeydukes are another, along with the contents of the food trolley that Harry immediately takes full advantage of. There are drinks that have been made up just for this world too. Plus there are Mrs. Weasley’s impossibly big meals. So yes, I’d say that the Harry Potter series also contains it’s fair share of delicious food.
Sorry for the overly long last answer.
Thanks so, so much once again to the lovely Emma for tagging me in this! I had a great time filling in these answers and it was just a really fun tag to do 😀 It also made me realize that I need to start picking up more light hearted and sweet novels too!
I’m not going to tag anyone this time as it’s now Fall and so many people have done this tag already that I wouldn’t know who to tag. If you’d still like to do this tag then consider yourself tagged though.