Hello fellow bookworms 💖 I haven’t done a Book Tag in a while but I was feeling in the mood for one! I saw the Trope Book Tag on Maria’s blog a while ago and thought that it sounded like lots of fun! 🥰 I love the questions and in addition to my answers I also included if I like the trope or not with a star rating (from 1 to 5) ⭐ The Tag was originally created by Ash @ inkandash!
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (this trope reigns superior for me)
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab ➽ For me the opposite usually happens: I love a book but it doesn’t withstand the test of time and later I end up disliking it 😅 And if I hate a book I don’t really change my opinion. But in the end, I went with a book that didn’t wow me but that I liked more with time! It’s the Cassidy Blake series! I rated the first two books three stars as they were nice, but not really that strong plot-wise or special. But I really liked the third and final book when I read it, it was so much better and made me love the world and characters! Now I think I’ll do a reread of the series and I can see myself liking the first two books so much more 😊
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (I love the idea of second chances!!)
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ➽ I don’t DNF books but I sometimes put them on hold when I’m not feeling them and hope to return later. ACOWAR was such a book as I waited too long to finish this series. My initial excitement and obsession had faded a bit, so my attempts to pick up the series finale (twice!) failed 🙈 This June, I finally committed to reading A Court of Wings and Ruin via audiobook and it was a great idea! I finally finished this series and loved it much more than I anticipated, given that I had waited such a long time between books 2 and 3!
Trope Rating: ⭐ (still haven’t forgiven YA for putting love triangles in every single book back in the day)
The Feverwake Duology by Victoria Lee ➽ Reading this prompt, I immediately forgot any duology I had ever read 😂 Jokes aside, I LOVED The Fever King and The Electric Heir ❣️ Both books are set in a futuristic world where some people can survive a virus that gives them powers. There is lots of intrigue and betrayal (& some very dark tropes such as abuse and sexual assault so check out trigger warnings!). The Duology is so well-written and the second book definitely holds up to the first and even surpasses it in some regard. Definitely one of my favorite sci-fi Duologies!
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐⭐[⭐] (depends on how this trope is played! I’m not a big fan of childhood friends to lovers when it includes lots of miscommunication and angst tbh)
What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka ➽ This was recommended to me by Marie, who honestly has the best recommendations, so many books that I have discovered through her have been 5-star reads 💖 What’s Not to Love is a book I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but I’m glad that I read it! It cements my love for academic rivals to lovers ❣️ I was immediately hooked by the story and this was just a top-tier contemporary!!
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐ (don’t hate this as much as I used to, but mostly it annoys me when characters immediately fall in love. It’s just so unrealistic, I need some development first!)
How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat ➽ I’m usually pretty good at finding books that I’m sure I’ll love. There is always a risk, but I have gotten better at knowing what my tastes are and what books could appeal to me. How to Disappear is a YA contemporary that flew under the radar until I saw Marie mention it! Immediately I had a feeling that I would love it: a book about a socially anxious girl whose friend just moved away AND discussions about your social media presence? Sign me up! Not to preen, but I was right and ended up giving this book 5 stars 🥰
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐⭐[⭐] (this trope can be fun and gets a lot of bad rep. Depends on how it’s done, but I find special powers SO cool!)
The Shadow Game Trilogy by Amanda Foody ➽ Time to harp about this series again, as I finally finished it this year!! It has got one of my favorite fantasy worlds that consumed me when I was reading it and the plot is full of twists as well. There is a diverse cast of characters, many of them morally grey and supportive female friendships! For me, The Shadow Game books are how a Fantasy series should be written. THIS is how you do it! No sequel syndrome, no copout finale, I was hooked from start to finish!
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (YES!! This is how I like my angst!)
The Curseworker Trilogy by Holly Black ➽ I don’t really talk about these books but in my opinion, these are Black’s best books! I liked them a lot more than The Cruel Prince and though they are older, they still hold up years later. I love the concept of curse work, the snarky main character, and the fast-paced plot. This world really drew me in and I’m hoping to do a reread sometime as I got the newly released edition! (I thought it would be a box set but it’s a gigantic bindup of all three books 😂)
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐ (don’t hate this trope, but I really don’t care at all)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ➽ Due to my big reading slump in high school I read most books way after they became popular. I read The Fault in Our Stars right as it came out though, as a friend recommended it to me!! I loved it and immediately read John Green’s other books that were out at the time. I even did a book report in class on TFIOS, that’s how much I loved it 😄
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (!!! I’ll always love people finding each other and coming together to form their own little family and support system 🥺)
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig ➽ I have so many cherished books I have no idea how to choose 😭 I decided to take into account my book collection for this and choose The Comfort Book because I own the beautiful limited winter edition!
Trope Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (so much potential! characters who are wary of each other being forced to work together is such a good example!!)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare ➽ I still have a bone to pick with our required reading in high school because the teacher’s choices were so bad 😭 We always had to read (Adult) Thrillers or Classics and none of those are within my reading tastes at all. The one book I genuinely enjoyed was actually Shakespeare! We read Macbeth and though it wasn’t the easiest to get through, it was tragic and adventurous.
What book did you give a second chance? What is your favorite Duology? What books do you cherish most? 💖