I’m about to reveal something that will not shock you in the slightest: Fantasy is my favourite genre. And…that was the sound of no-one’s jaw’s dropping. When I came across this tag on Holly’s blog, Nut Free Nerd, I knew I just had to do it because not only am I a fantasy fan, I’ll admit that I’m also kind of susceptible to a lot of common fantasy tropes. I know that it’s wrong, okay! It just feels so right! Special thanks to One’s Particular for creating this awesome tag.
The Lost Princess
A Book/Series you Lost Interest in Halfway Through
Air Awakens by Elise Kova – I read the first three books in this series and it started so promisingly! I really, really enjoyed book one but all you have to do is look at my Goodreads ratings to watch them drop from a 4 to 3 and then finally 2 before I just stopped reading the series.
The Knight in Shining Armour
A Hyped Book/Series you were Swept up by
The Red Rising Series. It had to be. I’d wanted to read RR for about a year before finally starting it the other week. I had a bit of a rocky start with book one now I’m just captivated. I finished book two earlier this week and believe me, I’ll be buying book three as soon as I’m next at the bookshop. The action, politics, romance, twists, characters, ah! It just has everything and more.
The Wise Old Wizard
An Author who Amazes you with his/her Writing
I’m not sure whether this means I-love-this-author’s-books or whether it’s about amazement at the actual writing style. So here’s both.
Option 1: Victoria Schwab – because I love everything I’ve read of hers. Her world building, characters, dialogue and plots are wonderfully done every single time.
Andre Aciman: I just finished Call Me by Your Name and it’s not even close to my usual book type but there are just some points I reached in the story where I couldn’t help but pause and go, wow, now that line is truly beautiful and gut wrenchingly real. It’s like poetry.
Laini Taylor: The writing in Strange the Dreamer, guys. It’s so magical and lovely – definitely befitting a title with the word ‘dreamer’ in it.
The Maiden in Distress
An Undervalued Character you Wished had a Bigger Story Line
Marauders. As simple as that. We all know how it ends but I would love to read about the journey – schooling, creating the map, learning to become animagi, the war. I’d be so down for that.
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The Magic Sword
A Magical Item/Ability you Wish Authors Used Less
Okay, I’m going to call this magic because it always seems to turn out correct – tarot card readings. I’ve noticed them cropping up in so many books now. The hero/heroine gets a reading from a mystic who somehow predicts the suffering, betrayal and romance to come. I wouldn’t say I’m sick of it, it’s just something I’ve started to notice authors using a lot.
The Mindless Villain
A Phrase you Cannot Help but Roll your Eyes at
A) “You’re special/different,” – Aren’t they always? Damn, chosen ones.
B) “I never should have trusted you.” Well, duh.
The Untamed Dragon
A Magical Creature you Wish you had as a Pet
I would love to have a dragon but I feel like they’re so majestic and intelligent that calling it a pet would be pretty awful, more like a companion. So instead…Would someone just get me a niffler already? I mean, sure it’ll steal all my valuables but they’re so bloody cute, it’s worth it. They’re basically magical platypuses.
The Chosen One
A Book/Series you Will Always Root for
I’m always using Harry Potter so I should probably spread the praise round a little. I’m going to go with Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead for this one. I fell in love with the series during high school and I’ve read it so many times since – still just as amazing as the first time. They’re full of action, magic, romance, humour, friendship, and are just generally great reads. *Waves pom poms and cheers*
If you love fantasy, TAG! You’re it.