When I stumbled across the Four London Book Tag, created by the lovely Arkon and Annie, I had to stop everything and check out the awesomeness. I haven’t come across a book tag inspired by the work of V.E. Schwab yet — if you know of a book tag, please let me know! — and so I’m super excited to share my answers to this one. Let’s do this!
A book that you keep going back to, despite trying to quit it.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. And no, that’s not a bad thing! I just think that I’d be able to get through so much of my TBR if I didn’t spend all of my time rereading this glorious series? When I get into one of my Harry Potter moods, it’s all-consuming. I spend weeks on end neglecting all my other work and just rereading the books or watching the movies over and over or listening to the audiobooks with Stephen Fry’s dulcet tones. I just love the magical world of Hogwarts to stay away from it for too long, no matter how hard I try!
A book / series that you’ve left behind forever.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I know that Sarah J. Maas has a lot of fans, but sadly, I’m just not one of them! I’ve tried to get into her series and I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I just can’t do it. I’m so sorry. I don’t ever think I’ll get back to reading that series — or trying to — I’m afraid!
A majorly bad book / series with just one beautiful spark.
Switched by Amanda Hocking. I cringe when I think of that series! I really wanted to love it though. I tried to read it at the time when everyone else seemed to be reading it and loving it, and I love the ‘chosen one’ trope, but I just couldn’t do it! I mean, a magical world that a girl didn’t know about and she’s the princess of? It sounded kind of like Harry Potter, so I jumped on that train as soon as it came along! Unfortunately, I couldn’t stand the protagonist and I hated how everyone knew about this magical troll land except for her, and it seemed like things never really got cleared up in the first book. Or, at least, until I gave up on it. I just couldn’t do it. Trolls!
A book / series that you feel blessed to have read. Aven.
Well, the answer for this one has got to be A Darker Shade of Magic, though, to be fair, everything I’ve read by V.E. Schwab feels like a blessing. Her writing is just so phenomenal and powerful, and it leaves an indelible mark on all who reads it. This series was no different. The magic, travelling through different Londons, thieving pirates… all of it was an absolute treat and I’ll be rereading this series for years to come. I wish I could live in those books… though preferably not in Black London. Or White London.
A book that changes every time you read it.
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I’ve reread that book so many times that I’ve lost count, and each time I do, I read it in a slightly different way. I relate to August’s struggles in particular, and each time I’m thrown back into his world, I see things a little differently and see myself in him in other ways. It’s just so phenomenal.
A fictional world that makes you feel love and fear. Antari.
I’m going to have to say Harry Potter again. The wizarding world is a place I grew up in. Before I was old enough to read, I was watching the movies and experiencing the magic of seeing Hogwarts on screen and watching Harry fight evil. I want nothing more than to live at Hogwarts and go to Hogsmeade to drink butterbeer and to have a wand choose me at Ollivander’s. The world of Harry Potter makes me feel love and fear, but more than anything, I want to be where the magic is.
Book / series that started off meh, but ended up being great!
My favourite types of books are the ones that seem pretty average, but then reveal a massive twist that changes everything. So for me, a book that started off meh but ended up being great was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It seems to be the type of book that people either love or hate, but I undoubtably loved this one. I’m notorious for never picking up on the twists until it’s right under my nose, and I loved that my obliviousness allowed me to be completely shocked by the ending of We Were Liars. I’m still not over it.
A book / series that you would kill for.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. I absolutely loved More Happy Than Not and History is All You Left Me, and so I’m pretty much ready to give away my soul to get my hands on a copy of an ARC of his latest release. His previous two books ruined me in the best way possible, and I know this one will do the same. I’m ready. What do you want me to do, almighty bookish gods? Sacrifice some limbs? Give up my first born child? I’ll do it.
The world is dying. Save one book.
The book I’d save would have to be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s such a powerful and inspiring book, and even if all of the world were burning, I’d save this book. It’s a novel that’s so important in today’s society, and we can’t lose that, even if the world is dying. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give prompts readers to stand up for what’s right and realise that their voices matter. I’d risk my life to save the last copy of this book.
Name a book / series that has utterly consumed you.
Definitely The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. It was the beginning of the Shadowhunter world, and from City of Bones, we got The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, and even a movie and a TV show! The Shadowhunter world has taken over my life, and I have approximately 15 books by Cassandra Clare on my shelves. So it isn’t just a series that’s consumed me, it’s the whole Shadowhunter universe! And I couldn’t be more happy about than.
A book / series that you refuse to open.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. But I mean that in the best way possible! I know how amazing this series is going to be when I finally read it, but I’ve also been warned about how heart-wrenching it is. I just feel like I’m not ready for that kind of emotional torture, you know? I’m still not over the ending of A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab and I’m not sure I can have my heart ripped out by another series just yet.
An author who controls your purse strings a la Osaron.
Um, V.E. Schwab. Duh! I mean, not only do I own multiple copies of most of her books, but I’m also going to be lashing out and buying the new collector’s edition of A Darker Shade of Magic. It’s expensive and costs more than I’d usually spend on a single book, but I obviously have to add it to my collection! If Queen V were auctioning off her to-do list, I’d bid for it.
What character/s from the Shades of Magic trilogy would you like to see have a spinoff?
I would love to read something that would be almost like a prequel, but focussed on the lives of Alucard and Rhy. I want to read a series about a simpler time in this magical universe, before all the chaos and death and destruction… a time where nothing mattered except Alucard’s adventures and Rhy’s flirting. Tell me that wouldn’t be the best thing ever.
If you could rule one of the four Londons, which one would you rule?
Red London! I mean, it’s undoubtably the best London out of all of them, and I desperately want to be surrounded by magic. And if I ruled Red London, I could command Kell and Lila and Rhy to be my friends. It’s pretty much my life goal to rule the world, let’s be honest.
That’s it! If you enjoyed this tag and are a fan of the A Darker Shade of Magic series yourself, I tag you to do this! It was a really fun post, and I want to thank Arkon and Annie again for creating the questions and the gorgeous graphics to match! Go and give them some love.
Have you read A Darker Shade of Magic yet? Did you love it? Will you be doing this tag? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices for each category? I’d love to know!