Jo Talks Books: On Buying Books Just To Hate On Them/Their Authors

Hi all! I had hoped to have a second discussion post up in April for you, but since my exams only finished last Friday, I just didn’t had time to write something up before the month ended. I had initially been planning on talking about Bookshelf Organization, which is something I am still planning on talking about, but I’ve seen a lot of the topic that I’m talking about today happening on Twitter and it’s something that I really want to explore, so I’ll be talking about Bookshelf Organization at another date.

This is a phenomenon I’ve noticed most often when it comes to Sarah J Maas books, but I’m pretty sure it happens with other books as well. People who obviously don’t like a book/author/series, will buy said book/series and post threads making fun of it on Twitter. Now, you are perfectly within your rights to spend your money on whatever you want and if someone wants to buy a book just to make fun of it then that’s their decision, but personally it rubs me up the wrong way.

It’s one thing buying a book that you know nothing about, ending up disliking it and making a thread on Twitter about it. I get it, you buy a book expecting to like it and then you really hate it, you want to rant about it and share it with the world. But when you buy a book that you know you’re not going to like, just so that you can be mean about it on Twitter? Quite frankly, I think that’s cruel. You are essentially getting a book so that you can make fun of and be mean about an author’s writing, and whilst I whole heartedly believe in honest reviews, I don’t believe in buying books just so you can make fun of them and their authors. I saw a thread on Twitter recently of someone who bought the latest ACOTAR book and made a thread hating on it on THE DAY of release, posting spoilery excerpts. Not only is that mean to people who haven’t had a chance to read it yet, an author shouldn’t have to see that on the release day of their book (Sarah J Maas isn’t really on Twitter anymore and I would hazard a guess that stuff like this is probably why).

I also don’t really understand WHY you would do this. If you clearly don’t like a book or a series or an author, then why waste your time with them? Book bloggers have A LOT of books to read, more than we can realistically get through in a lifetime. So what is the point of picking up a book that you know you won’t enjoy, just so that you can make fun of it? I understand wanting to warn readers of potential triggers or harmful scenes, but that’s not what I’m talking about here, I’m not talking about getting books to check for problematic content and protect readers, I’m talking about buying books that you know you won’t like, just so you can poke fun at an author. It irritates me when I pick up a book and I don’t like it, because I feel like I’ve wasted time that I could have spent on a book that I enjoyed, so people who purposefully do this? Yup, don’t get it at all. It also makes very little sense to me because people will go out and actually buy these books that they want to make fun of, spending their own money on them and if you don’t like a book or a series or an author, why would you support them with your money? It just doesn’t make sense to me at all.

The internet, and Twitter in particular, have brought us closer than ever to the authors that we love and that’s great, it’s wonderful to get to actually interact with the people who write our favourite books, but I think we forget sometimes that there are people behind those accounts. And whilst you might think it’s funny to buy books that you know you won’t like and make threads about them, there’s no guarantee that the authors that you’re poking fun at won’t see them (and if you deliberately tag authors in them, well that’s just horrible) and feel really hurt that readers have been buying their books in order to make fun of them.

Doing this also makes fun of readers that like particular books. Fair enough that you don’t like a book, that’s fine, but getting a book just to mock it makes fun of the readers who really do like that book and want to share that love for it and perhaps instead of buying a book that you know you won’t like just to get fun of it, we should allow others who might like the series to discover it and move on to books that we actually like. It’s fair enough if you go into a book and end up not liking it, but if you get a book that you know you won’t like and read it anyway, just to make a mocking thread on Twitter? You’re ruining it for the people who are actually fans of that book/series/author.

And do I even need to say why posting spoilery threads to mock a book on release day is wrong? Not everyone has the chance to read a book on release day and not only ruining their excitement for a book but also spoiling the book for them whilst doing it? Really uncool guys, really uncool.

I get that in society we seem to think that’s it’s cool and fun to tear down things that are super popular, especially if those things are liked by teenage girls, but I don’t think that we should be perpetuating that, particular in a community that is meant to be teen-focused. We’re not bound to love everything we ever read, and if we don’t like something then of course we should talk about it, but we shouldn’t be going out there, looking for these books that are super popular, just so we can make fun of them. Stuff like this doesn’t give people outside of the community a very good view us, we’re not going to look like the warm, welcoming community that we are or be very endearing to teens who might be considering starting book blogging, if what they see from us are a bunch of ranty threads about their favourite books which we bought just to tear them down. Life is too short and there are too many good books out there to read for so much pettiness.

I get that we’re obviously not going to be spreading the love all the time, but I don’t think that we should go out of our way to spread hate. If you don’t like a book, an author or a series, no one is forcing you to read them. But don’t ruin the experience for the people that do like them, it’s not fair to you, who has to buy and read a book that you’re not going to enjoy in order to do this, it’s not fair to the people who actually like the book or author that you’re making fun of and it’s not fair to the author and all of the other people who worked insanely hard on the book that you’re tearing down. So let’s not shall we? We all got into this because of the love of books, and whilst it’s not possible to love every book we ever read, it is perfectly possible to avoid the ones that we know we’re not going to like and allow the others who do to share the love.

What do you think? Have you noticed people on Book Twitter getting books just to hate on them? Let me know in the comments!

I will hopefully have another discussion post for you guys very soon, since I am now done with Uni for the summer, I will probably be talking about Bookshelf Organization, unless I have another idea before I write it. I am also hoping to do a Writing Q&A for my writing corner, I have a google form which I will link to below, but you can also ask me anything you want to about my writing in the comments. I just finished Almost Love today, so I will have a review of that up for you guys very soon-I apologise in advance for the likely bombardment of reviews you will get from me this summer!

The google form for my Writing Q&A:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeB6x9FIDByp8_ppv1ejrj8KdHNx3IGGl4GHAcPKgUYUbZlEg/viewform

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Top Ten Tuesday #158

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all been having a good week and that you made the most of the sun whilst it lasted, I had a good couple of days of reading outside, but we seem to be back to business as usual weather-wise now!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we’re talking Books With Your Favourite Colour on the Cover, so naturally I’m going to be showing off books with purple covers. I wouldn’t say purple is as common a colour for covers as some others, but I did manage to find a few nice one:

  1. 22819449 Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo

The actual design of this cover isn’t my favourite in the world, I definitely prefer the covers for her Six of Crows duology, but I do think that the purple is really striking.

2. 35214860Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody

It’s quite a simplistic cover, the combination of the purple background and the different colours of the text and illustrations making it really striking for me. I also love the little hat!

3. 31574408Traitor To The Throne-Alwyn Hamilton

This series has some gorgeous covers! This one is definitely my favourite though, I love the contrasting shades of pink and purple combined with the yellow and white text.

4. Image result for the song rising collector's editionThe Song Rising-Samantha Shannon

I wish I had discovered this series earlier so I could have got The Song Rising with this cover-alas, by the time I got around to reading it, they were no longer selling these special editions. I much prefer the original design for this series than the redesigns and the dark purple along with the simplistic design makes for a really striking cover.

5. Image result for books with purple coversWicked Like A Wildfire-Lana Popovic

I don’t even know what this book is about, but I think that cover is completely gorgeous!

6. 36426163Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft-Edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

Honestly this book really couldn’t do more to entice me to read it, first it’s a collection of stories about witches and then it has this amazing cover? Jo is sold!

7. 131121The Carnivorous Carnival (ASOUE #9) by Lemony Snicket:

It’s not purple all over, but I think there’s enough on there that it counts (besides as far as I can remember, the back cover was also purple). This was one of my favourites of the series and I was really happy with the episodes that covered it in the most recent season of ASOUE on Netflix.

8. Mirage (Mirage, #1)Mirage by Somaiya Daud:

I have to admit, I’m not even really sure what this one is about, but have you seen that cover? WOW!

9. 34842208Stain by AG Howard:

I’m not usually keen on covers with people’s faces on them, it’s just not the kind of design I like, but even I have to admit, this cover is really beautiful.

10. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

This isn’t the cover of the copy that I have, my sister and I have the original hardback copies of the later books in the series, but it is purple. I don’t know how I feel about the new designs of the covers, but maybe that’s just because I grew up with the old ones!

So there we go, 10 beautiful purple books for you to feast your eyes on! What colour did you pick this week? What’s your favourite cover from these? Let me know in the comments.

Next week’s topic is Books I Disliked/Hated But Am Really Glad I Read, but I really can’t think of any books that I didn’t like that I am glad I read, I generally don’t feel glad about experiences I didn’t enjoy! So I’m going to twist it slightly and go with Books That Were Hard For Me To Read But I’m Glad I Read. That way, I can kind of stick to the topic, but talk about books I liked instead of books I didn’t!

In the meantime, I will hopefully be getting up some discussion posts/writing posts in the near future, so keep a look out for those!

#RockMyTBR April Update (2018)

Hi all! I AM FREE! FINALLY. All my exams are over, the weather is so beautiful today that I’ve been able to read outside, which is my favourite part of summer and I can now just spend my time reading and writing and blogging and not feeling guilty about it because I’m meant to be doing other things, so yay for that! I generally don’t know how May got here, April seemed to go by in a blur of assignments and revision and exams, but it’s all finally over and I am determined to enjoy my last super long summer before I have to start worrying about the real world.

Anyway, enough of my blathering on, as it is May, it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR challenge update, which for anyone who is new to the blog, is a challenge started by Sarah K at The Book Traveller, which I have kind of co-opted for myself this year, to knock books off your TBR. April was a bit sad for me in terms of reading, I only managed two books because I was super busy with assignments and revision, but hopefully now that my summer holidays have started, I will be able to read more! Anyway, here is what I read in April:

35406534Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton:

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, as it is the final book of the Rebel of The Sands trilogy, but sadly I was disappointed in it. It was poorly paced and not as exciting as I had been hoping for. I read it from 24th March-20th April (yup it took me a long time, it’s like 500 pages!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/hero-at-the-fall-rebel-of-the-sands-3-review/

34076952The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for April, I read it from 21st April-1st May, just over a week, short story collections really are perfect for exam season! I really enjoyed this one, I liked the darker take on fairytales, all with their own little Grisha touch and it was nice to be able to read something in the Grishaverse that you didn’t really need to have read the other books to understand. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/the-language-of-thorns-review/

So that’s my recap of what I read in April, here is everything I have coming up for May (and yes, it will be a lot, I am planning on making the most of my newfound reading time!):

Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This is my #RockMyTBR book for May (yes I know I said in my last post that it was for April but I swapped it and The Language of Thorns around as TLOT was shorter). I loved Code Name Verity, and although I’m not loving Rose quite as much as I did Julie, I’m sure I will still end up being punched in the feels.

Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody-I got this one from YALC last year and since one of my 2018 resolutions was to read more of my YALC books, I figured why not read it now. I’m really excited for this one, I’ve had pretty good luck with circus/carnival themed YA recently, so hopefully this one will continue the streak.

The Burning Maze-Rick Riordan-The newest Trials of Apollo book! I am super excited to have another Riordan to binge in like a week again, it isn’t May if I don’t have a Rick Riordan book to binge!

Almost Love-Louise O’Neill-One of my current Netgalley reads. I have to admit, I definitely preferred Asking For It to this one, as much as I disliked Emma, she’s a teenager, you can kind of forgive her for acting like a spoilt brat. Sarah is a grown woman and still acts like she is 16. I understand why, but that doesn’t make her easy to read.

Not If I Save You First-Ally Carter-The other one of my current Netgalley reads. This reads as more MG than YA to me, Carter’s protagonist is supposed to be sixteen but she definitely reads younger. I’m not enjoying this quite as much as I did the Heist Society books, but I reckon I might have if I’d read it at 13 rather than 21!

Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody-After months of waiting and doing promo as part of the Shadow Gang, I finally have access to Ace of Shades after being approved on Netgalley! I’m super excited to finally get to visit the City of Sin.

So there we go, that’s my super ambitious May TBR. I don’t know if I will finish all of them, but I’m optimistic, because I usually do get a lot of reading done in May as I have very little else to do. I’m three books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so I’m hoping to put it up by the end of the month! How is your reading going this year? Let me know in the comments!

The Language of Thorns Review

34076952Book: The Language of Thorns

Author: Leigh Bardugo

I had originally intended to make this my May #RockMyTBR read, but it took me a lot longer than I thought to finish Hero At The Fall and I had exams, so I decided to switch my April and May books and read Language of Thorns first because it was shorter. I really enjoyed this collection of fairytales, they were clearly based off well known stories, but all of them were a lot darker and more feminist than the original and had a Grisha-verse twist to them. I’m not usually one for short stories, but I definitely enjoyed this collection. Here’s a short synopsis of the book:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

It’s kind of hard to work out exactly how to review a short story collection, but I’m going to talk about each of the stories one at a time and then give an overall rating for the collection:

Ayama and The Thorn Wood

This was the first story of the collection and I think it was a good establishing story. I liked that the protagonist wasn’t a pretty girl, because it showed that you don’t always have to be the pretty princess type to be the hero of your story. I also loved that it was clearly partially inspired by Beauty and The Beast because that is one of my favourite fairytales and that Ayama’s love didn’t change the Beast into a beautiful prince, it really subverted all the usually fairytale tropes. I also loved the way that Ayama’s stories were incorporated into the main narrative. It was a little lengthy, but I love “outcasts coming together” stories, so this was definitely one I enjoyed.

My Rating: 4/5

The Too Clever Fox

The Too Clever Fox was one of my two favourite stories of the collection. It felt like one of the most fairytale like of the six stories, and I have a soft spot for animal stories. Koja was an endearing protagonist, and I liked that his confidence in his intelligence ended up being his downfall. It felt unique among the stories, whilst the theme of loneliness and outcasts runs through all of them, this one felt slightly different. Also that twist? MIND BLOWN.

My Rating: 5/5

The Witch of Duva

This was a Hansel and Gretel inspired story and I really enjoyed it. I liked that it subverted the wicked stepmother trope, and that the “evil witch” in this story wasn’t really evil. Nadya was definitely a heroine that I could root for. However there were aspects of the story that I found kind of gross, which kept me from enjoying it as much as I would have done.

My Rating: 3.5/5

The Little Knife

This story was kind of repetitive, but since they’re fairytales, all the stories were to some extent. Yeva seemed to have very little agency, which annoyed me at the start, but I should have known to trust Leigh Bardugo because that turned out to be the whole point, everyone was so focused on winning Yeva, that no one bothered to listen to what she wanted and I loved that she ended up reclaiming her own agency. I didn’t love Senyon or the Prince, but I think that was the point. Yeva’s father really irritated me, the way he treated his daughter.

My Rating: 3/5

The Soldier Prince

This was the most creepy and eerie of all the stories, which was probably why I liked it so much. It was a Nutcracker inspired story, which I thought was really cool. Droessen was a really convincing villain and the Nutcracker’s revenge against him was really dark, but also kind of perfect. It was a little overly long and confusing in parts, but the general feel of the story was really great and I loved the theme of embracing what you want.

My Rating: 4.5/5

When The Water Sang Fire

This one really confused me. I knew it was an Ursula origin story, but I found it really hard to follow. It was way too long and I wasn’t really sure what was happening most of the time. I thought at first it was going to be a love story between Signy and Ulla and it ended up being something completely different to what I was expecting. It was definitely my least favourite of all the stories.

My Rating: 2.5/5

Overall, this was a really great twist on your classic book of fairytales and I enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s darker and more feminist take on them.

OVERALL RATING: 4/5

BECHDEL TEST: PASS-Nadya and Magda have exchanges during The Witch of Duva that do not revolve around men.

My next review will either be of my May #RockMyTBR book, Rose Under Fire or one of my Netgalley e-ARCs, Almost Love or Not If I Save You First, it depends what I finish first!

Hero At The Fall (Rebel of The Sands #3) Review

35406534Book: Hero At The Fall (Rebel of The Sands #3)

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018, I’ve been following this series since it started in 2016 and I was really excited to see how everything wrapped up. I’m sad to say I was really disappointed. I was expecting a really high stakes, high action finale and I’m not sure that I really got that. There was A LOT of buildup and the actual fight for the throne? Yup super short and not all that satisfying. This book could easily have been 200 pages shorter than it was and it showed. Here is a short synopsis of the book:

Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir.

The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself.

Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero…

In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan’s armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?

I liked that we started off with a character roundup, there are a lot of them, and it was good to have a reminder of who our major players were, who was alive, who was dead etc. It was also great to finally have a map of Miraji, even if I wish it had been a slightly more detailed one!

The pace was incredibly slow! For most of the book, it felt like absolutely nothing was happening. There were a few action scenes, but they were few and far between and didn’t land as well for me as I would have liked them too. But seriously, this book is 47 chapters long and for at least 40 of those, I felt like not much was really happening. If they had retrieved Ahmed and Shazad and co earlier then I feel like it might have worked a bit better, but they didn’t even come back into the story until 25 chapters in. I felt my eyes glazing over so many times and that is never a good sign! A lot of the chapters were overly long for me as well, which didn’t help matters.

I felt like I couldn’t really connect to the characters as well this time around. I loved Sam, he was the saving grace of this story for me, his sass gave it some much needed levity! Amani seriously annoyed me in this book. I mean I get that she’s not a leader and she’s been thrown into this position that she really has no business being in but the girl can’t make a decision to save her life (sometimes literally) and I feel like this book undid a lot of the character development that she went through in Traitor of The Throne. I felt like a lot of their strategies just didn’t make sense and they were putting themselves into danger for danger’s sake. I also felt, even though Amani and Jin were together more in this book, their romance wasn’t anywhere near as convincing as it was in the first book. I really missed Shazad as well, she was one of my favourite characters in the series and I loved her friendship with Amani, but she was hardly there in this book.

At first I wasn’t so keen on how the “myths” in this book were actually just the stories of the characters but it became clear by the end why Hamilton had chosen to do this and I think it just about paid off.

It felt like the plot relied on a lot of conveniences, there was some very annoying Deus-Ex-Machina and a lot of things seemed to work out just because the author needed them to, rather than that they were natural developments of the plot.

There were quite a few deaths, it’s war, it’s bound to happen, but I didn’t feel like many of them had any real impact. It was just like “Oh yeah, someone has died again, move onto the next thing” and I don’t know if that was because of how the character reactions were written or if I just didn’t feel connected enough to the characters, but they felt flat to me.

The characters I felt were the most interesting, Shazad, Leyla, Zaahir (a new Djinn introduced in this book), were the most underutilized in this book which I thought was a shame. The last book spent so much time building up the dynamic between Amani and the Sultan and I actually liked that, and enjoyed the Sultan as a villain so it felt like a shame that this book kind of discarded all of that.

We had characters returning from previous books, like Noorsham (who I’ll be honest, I thought was dead) and Amani’s aunt, but they kind of just popped up and then left again, didn’t have any real impact.

There was a sex scene between Jin and Amani and I have to say, I kept rolling my eyes the entire time. Look, I cannot claim to be anything of an expert on the subject, in fact I am as inexperienced as Amani, but I’m pretty sure that sex is not like explosions and magic? Isn’t it pretty messy? I don’t know, just doesn’t feel very realistic to me. The only thing that felt realistic was the clumsy way Amani hit her head on the lantern, because that is totally something I don’t know. Just for once I would like to read a sex scene in a book that isn’t like the BEST SEX EVER, especially when one of the partners is a virgin, because I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to sex! I’d say it was weird that they had sex after basically avoiding each other for the entire book just because they thought they were going to die, but thinking about it, that seems like a pretty natural reaction.

The battle was kind of anticlimactic? It felt like the entire book and series had been building up to this moment and it just passed by in one chapter? Plus I’m still not entirely sure what happened? I was expecting the whole thing to go out with a bang and it was more of a fizzle. The last chapter acted as an epilogue of sorts and I’m not entirely sure how I felt about it. On the one hand, it was nice to see how all the characters ended up, but on the other, I felt it was a little long and I didn’t necessarily need to see where everyone was 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years from then. I could have pictured that for myself.

Overall, this was a lacklustre finale, to a series that had a ton of potential, but didn’t necessarily reach all of it. Still, this is Alwyn Hamilton’s first series and I’m sure that as she writes more, the potential that was shown in this series will be fully reached. I’m just disappointed that I didn’t love this final book as much as I had wanted to.

My Rating: 3/5

BECHDEL TEST: FAIL-It truly pains me to say this, but any conversation between the named female characters in this book (and there are more than two) always comes back to a man, whether it’s Jin, or Ahmed or the Sultan.

My next review will be of Language of Thorns, which I will have for you very soon as these are April reviews I’m catching up on that I didn’t have time to write in April because of my exams.

 

Top Ten Tuesday #157

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a good week, I am in my last week of exam torture, on Friday, it will all be over and it cannot come soon enough. I am so looking forward to being able to just relax and read!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I am taking a break from exam hell, and joining up with Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, for another Top Ten Tuesday. This week, we’re talking Books We Would Slay A Lion To Get Early. Now I don’t think I’d really be up to lion slaying, but if the book gods were to look kindly upon me and deliver these releases early, I’d be mighty appreciative. I’m doing this in release date order, not order of excitement!:

  1. Legendary-Stephanie Garber-Out 29th May

I know it’s only a few weeks away, but I really wish that I could get this book early! I have preordered the signed copy from Waterstones, but I also requested it from Netgalley, so hopefully I might get my wish and get to read it before the release date. Caraval was one of my favourite reads of last year (and I can’t actually believe that it was last year, it feels like so much longer ago), so I look forward to reading the sequel either when it is released, or beforehand if my Netgalley request is granted.

2. Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody- Out 17th May

I was part of the street team for this book’s US release, and so was doing promo for it all through March, but I have actually yet to read it because it hasn’t been released in the UK yet! I have it on preorder, but have also requested it on Netgalley, so either way, I will be reading it very soon.

3. Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant #11)-Derek Landy-Out 31st May

AHHHHH! MORE SKULDUGGERY! I have been addicted to this series since I was 12 years old (THAT WAS ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO, HOW?), so naturally I am very impatiently awaiting the release of the new instalment in this latest phase of the series. I was a little underwhelmed by the first book, but I am sure that it is building up to something amazing.

4. Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft-Anthology edited by Tess Sharpe-Out 25th August

I absolutely love witches, so this anthology of tales of witches is definitely right up my alley! I haven’t actually read anything by any of the authors who are contributing to this anthology, but I’m hoping that my love of the subject matter will overcome the fact that I am a newbie to all of them and hopefully help me discover some new faves!

5. City of Ghosts-Victoria Schwab-Out 31st August

I’ve never read anything by Victoria Schwab that was middle grade, because I think her middle grade books had gone out of print in the UK by the time I discovered her books, but I am super excited for this one. For one thing, it’s set in Scotland, which is where I currently live, Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities and I think that ghost stories and Edinburgh are definitely a recipe for success. Plus this is Victoria Schwab, I’m sure she won’t disappoint!

6. Not Even Bones-Rebecca Schaeffer-Out 4th September

A girl who takes apart supernatural beings and sells their body parts on the Internet? Who then ends up being the next victim for her mother’s “business”? Yup this book sounds just dark and creepy enough to be incredibly enjoyable and I need it RIGHT NOW.

7. For A Muse of Fire-Heidi Heilig-Out 25th September

This sound AH-MAZING. Souls of the dead bound to shadow puppets? A main character with bipolar disorder? A mix of Asian and Colonial French cultures? Everything about this book makes me want to read it, I can’t wait for September!

8.  A Spark of Light-Jodi Picoult-Out 2nd October

I’m super excited for the latest Jodi Picoult book, because it’s tackling abortion, which is something that I’ve wanted to see her do for a long time. It feels like a very timely novel with everything that’s been going on in the world recently, and I’m sure Jodi Picoult will handle the topic with all the care and grace that she usually does.

9. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)-Sarah J Maas-Out 23rd October

I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE LIKE RIGHT NOW. BUT I’M NOT READY. BUT I HAVE TO KNOW HOW EVERYTHING ENDS. BUT IT’S GOING TO KILL ME. UGH I HAVE TOO MANY EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS, I JUST CAN’T.

The above level of incoherence? Yup, that’s going to be me after finishing the last instalment in Aelin’s journey.

10. Firestarter (Timekeeper #3)-Tara Sim-Out January 2019

Okay so this doesn’t come out till 2019 but I would definitely slay a lion to attempt to get this one early. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT CLIFFHANGER. Tara Sim is an evil genuis and I will read anything she writes, no matter how painful (I LIE PLEASE DON’T HURT ME AGAIN TARA. I CAN’T TAKE IT).

So there we go, the upcoming releases that I would love the book gods to grant me, if they are feeling kind, since I really don’t want to be doing any lion slaying! What books would you love to get early? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments.

Next week’s topic is Books With My Favourite Colour In The Cover (or title). I don’t really know many books that have purple either in the cover or the title, but I’ll give it a go! I will be playing catch-up with reviews and stuff over the next few weeks, so please bear with me as I transfer into summer mode!

 

Top Ten Tuesday #156

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Hi all! I hope you’ve all been having a good week, I am taking a break from the hell of exam revision to write this post, but at least by the end of next week, it will all be over!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday now, and that means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we’re talking Frequently Used Words In Titles (a topic I suggested!). A while back I did a post on unique YA Fantasy Titles, and today, I’m going to explore the opposite side of the coin, and talk about the Most Commonly Used Words In YA Fantasy Titles. It was difficult to narrow these down, because there are SO MANY commonly used words, but I picked what I think are the most overused ones. So here we go:

  1. Shadow

For some reason, YA Fantasies really love the word Shadow! I don’t know, I guess shadows conjure kind of dark and eerie images and that’s a vibe a lot of fantasies want to go for?

Examples (not an exhaustive list): Shadow and Bone, Queen of Shadows, A Shadow Bright and Burning, Lord of Shadows, Reign of Shadows, Sea of Shadows, Empire of Shadows, Shadow Scale, Shadow Study, Prince of Shadows, Dance of Shadows, Shadows On The Moon, Shadow Kiss, Library of Light and Shadows, Shadow Crown, Mask of Shadows, Cloaked In Shadow, The Shadow Throne, A Skinful of Shadows, Shadowsong, Seven Deadly Shadows, Shadows on The Moon, The Shadow Hour, Shadowcaster

2. Bone

Bones also appear very frequently in YA fantasy titles, again, I guess because a lot of fantasy these days eers towards the dark and what is dark and creepier than bones?

Examples: Children of Blood and Bone, Shadow and Bone, Ink and Bone, Ivory and Bone, City of Bones, The Bone Queen, The Bone Witch, Daughter of Smoke and Bone

3. Blood

Since there is a trend towards a lot of death and violence in quite a number of YA fantasies, it makes sense that Blood is a commonly used word in YA fantasy titles, as an indicator of what is to come within the pages!

Examples: Children of Blood and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Frostblood, Fireblood, Nightblood, Blood Rose Rebellion, The Blood of Stars, A River of Royal Blood, Blood of A Thousand Stars, Silver In The Blood, Blood Promise, Blood Passage, Sisters of Blood and Spirit, Blood and Sand, Blood of The Prophet, Isle of Blood and Stone, Blood Magic, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, Half-Blood, RoseBlood, Song of Blood and Stone. The Blood of Olympus

4. King/Queen/Prince/Princess

Royalty is a key aspect of a lot of YA Fantasy, so it’s unsurprising that royal titles comprise a large portion of YA Fantasy titles.

Examples: Queen of Shadows, The Shadow Queen, Daughter of The Pirate King, Daughter of The Siren Queen, The Raven King, The Caged Queen, Red Queen, The Star Touched Queen, Princess of Thorns, Winter Queen, King’s Cage, The Iron King, Prince Caspian, The Traitor Prince, The Half Blood Prince, The Cruel Prince, Traitor Prince, Prince of Shadows, Ash Princess, The Orphan Queen, The Imposter Queen, The Sleeping Prince, Queens of Innis Lear, The Queen’s Rising, The Rogue Queen, The Fire Queen, The King’s Traitor, The Young Queens, The Demon King, Clockwork Princess, Clockwork Prince, Queen of The Tearling, The Queen of Air and Darkness. The Iron Queen, The Wicked King

5. Daughter

Titular daughters are incredibly common in YA, although often these titular daughters are daughter of “things” rather than daughters of people-you know since parents are usually absent in YA Fantasy!

Exmaples: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Daughter of The Pirate King, Daughter of The Siren Queen, Daughters of The Storm, The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Daughter of The Burning City, The Watchmaker’s Daughter

5. Crown

Given the obsession with royalty in fantasy, it’s unsurprising that crowns make more than a few appearances in YA Fantasy titles!

Examples: The Crown’s Game, Three Dark Crowns, Crown of Midnight, The Crown’s Fate, The Crown and The Arrow, Cruel Crown, Hollow Crown, Shadow Crown, The Crown of Embers, Crown of Ice, The Crimson Crown, Crown of Thunder

6. Fire

Fire seems to be a quite common magical power in YA fantasies (including in my own WIPs), so naturally, it appears quite often in their titles!

Examples: For A Muse of Fire, Heir of Fire, Firestarter, Ice Like Fire, Paper and Fire, Of Fire and Stars, Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Fire Thief, The Secret Fire, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Playing With Fire, Spindle Fire, Fireblood, The Fire Queen, Trial By Fire, Fire, Fire Lines, Girls of Paper and Fire, Wicked Like A Wildfire, Bright Smoke Cold Fire, City of Heavenly Fire

7. Throne

Because where there are royals, there are thrones!

Examples: Traitor To The Throne, One Dark Throne, Throne of Glass, Throne of Fire, The Shadow Throne, The Gray Wolf Throne, Throne of The Crescent Moon, The Vanishing Throne

8. City

Honestly I’m not entirely sure why City is so popular in Fantasy books? I guess maybe it’s a way to indicate Urban Fantasy?

Examples: City of  Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire (yup that’s just The Mortal Instruments books!), Tarnished City, City of Bastards, Hollow City, City of Brass, Black City, The Secret City

9. Night

I mean YA fantasy loves a bit of darkness, so it fits that Night is a common title word choice!

Examples: Torch Against The Night, Frost Like Night, The Night Circus, Night of Cake and Puppets, Beasts of Night, Night Study, Nevernight, The Night Realm, Evernight, Nightshade, Nightblood, Midnight, Crown of Midnight, Girl at Midnight, Muse of Nightmares, Vassa In The Night, Wink Poppy Midnight, A Thousand Nights, Lady Midnight

10. Stars

Because in a genre obsessed with nighttime and darkness, stars are just the next step right?

Examples: The Star Touched Queen, Ruin of Stars, Obsidian and Stars, Of Fire and Stars, A Court of Frost and Starlight, Days of Blood and Starlight, Blood of A Thousand Stars, The Midnight Star, Girl of Ink and Stars, Even The Darkest Stars, The Stars Never Rise,

So there you go, some of the most commonly used words in YA Fantasy titles! I’m sure there’s many that I’ve missed, so leave your suggestions in the comments. I’m going to be kind of MIA over the next couple of weeks because of exams, I will try to get my review of Hero At The Fall up but I don’t really have time to sit down and write it at the minute because of my exams, so it might be a bit late! But I will be back with my newest Top Ten Tuesday post next week, talking about Books I’d Slay A Lion To Get Early, so stay tuned for that!