Hello everyone! Today I’m here to do another book tag that is based on one of my favorite series – the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. This tag was created by Arkon and Annie and I was tagged by the lovely Krutula. Thanks for tagging me, Krutula! Side note: all the wonderful graphics in this post were created by Arkon and Annie. Now let’s get started!
“Like Lila with the Stone’s Throw in her regular old grey London, she just can’t seem to get away from the place. No matter how many times she runs away to seek adventure and get herself a ship. So, we wondered what book/series is essentially the Stone’s Throw for us in literary form?” –Arkon and Annie
For this one I went with a series instead of one book and that is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Now, I’m not actively trying to quit rereading this series (let’s be honest, I’ll probably still be reading it when I’m 100 years old), but every time I reread a Harry Potter book, I’m neglecting a book on my TBR. And while I feel bad for doing that, I will never be able to quit rereading one of my favorite series of all time! In fact, I think I’m due for another reread soon…
“Lila said goodbye to Grey London with a wave and a grin and never looked back. She was done. She was over it. She wanted bigger and better things.” –Arkon and Annie
There are several books and series I’ve abandoned throughout the years but one that first came to mind was one I decided to quit earlier this year – the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and gave it 4 stars. I wasn’t too impressed with the second book but I still wanted to give the series a chance in case it improved. However, it only got worse from there. The third book was so bad! I was bored out of my mind for a majority of the book and then the ending was absolutely horrible and it made the decision of whether or not to continue with the series a really easy one!
“Grey London is the only London that’s basically devoid of magic. It’s dead or it’s dying and very few people can access that scraps of power that are left. But ignore all that.” –Arkon and Annie
I’m going to go with The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver for this one. I really didn’t like this book for the most part. My biggest problems with it was that it was SO unrealistic and the main character really got on my nerves. However, the one character, Josh, really saved the book for me. I definitely would have given the book a 1 star rating if it wasn’t for him. I’m going to quote 2015 me when I say: “In a book where everything was so unrealistic, [Josh] was a breath of fresh air.”
“There are many forms of Aven (blessed) in the Shades of Magic books. There are the priests and the Antari. Both have a different form of magic. The Antari can control all forms expertly and equally. The priests are similar in that the have access to all forms, but they’re not particularly talented at any of them.” –Arkon and Annie
My answer for this questions just has to be the series that this tag was based on, the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab! This series is full of amazing characters, wonderful worlds, a fantastic plot, and fantastic writing! Other books/series I just had to include in my answer are: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, and any Rick Riordan book.
“Kell’s coat is the most fantastic piece of clothing that we’ve ever read about and we so want it. You can change it up whenever you like and there just might be an infinite amount of forms for it to take.” –Arkon and Annie
Without a doubt, any Harry Potter book. Every time I reread the books I notice a minor (or sometimes major) detail I didn’t pick up before. I think it’s fantastic that I’m able to experience this!
“Holland and Kell to a greater extent are loved and feared simultaneously. People look at them and marvel at their power, but they also fear them because tiny, tiny mortals don’t like sentient beings to be able to do more than them. Be more than them.” –Arkon and Annie
Definitely the world in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! I love it because of all the cool technology they have but I also fear it because of the scary disease that is being spread and the evil queen who resides on the moon.
“At the beginning of the series White London was even worse than Grey London is some respects. To take the throne, you had to kill. The hygiene of the general populace was terrible and Astrid or Athos Dane could bind you or bury you at whatever moment they saw fit.” –Arkon and Annie
I wasn’t wild about the first book in the Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman, The Dark Days Club, but I decided to continue on with the series anyway and I’m so glad I did! I enjoyed the sequel, The Dark Days Pact, A LOT more than the first book. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series!
A book/series that you would kill for
I’m not sure I would actually kill over a book, but I would most definitely shout my love for the following books/series until my last breath: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, the Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, the Heroes of Olympus series & the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan, the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo… honestly I could go on for hours!
“White London was dying. Holland saved it. May the potentially ungratefully denizens of the palest of London’s mourn his soul.” –Arkon and Annie
Oh. My. God. How is it possible to pick just one book?!? Uhhh… ummmm… yeah I’m just going to skip right over this one and move onto the next question.
“Osaron and his massive ego consumed the people in Black London and tried to consume all of the population of Red London (White London and Grey London just weren’t good enough. Rude) but he failed and only consumed a few. They died horrible deaths. It was exciting.” –Arkon and Annie
Again, I can’t pick just one to answer so all of the following books are ones that I didn’t want to put down while reading: More Than This by Patrick Ness, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham, My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows, Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, and Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
“Every good person in all the Londons that matter aka Red and White know that Black London is to be treated as if it is the plague. *cough* someone tell Kell *cough* and there are some books which we absolutely stay away from.” –Arkon and Annie
The first book I thought of was Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I have absolutely no interest in reading any kind of erotica book, but I definitely don’t want to read one that centers on an unhealthy relationship.
“Magic man Osaron is a puppet master. He says buy me a rake, you do it. He says shove that rake in your eye, you do it. He says call me you crazy magic lover boy, you do- wait, what?” –Arkon and Annie
I feel like this name keeps coming up in my answers but… Mr. Rick Riordan has complete control over my purse strings (aka my wallet). I can’t not buy every book Rick puts out and he keeps on writing them! (I’m not complaining, but my wallet definitely is.)
What character/s from the Shades of Magic trilogy would you like to see have a spinoff?
It’s no secret that I love all the characters in the Shades of Magic series so… can I say all of them?? There’s just so many possibilities within the world(s) of this series and I want to read all of them!
If you could rule one of the four Londons, which one would you rule?
I’m probably not cut out to be an actual queen (though I often joke to my family that I am a queen), but if I had to choose, I would most definitely like to rule my favorite of the four Londons, Red London.