I have another Festive tag for you today! Again this one is inspired by Christmas music. This one was originally created by Hailey in Bookland. Unlike my years working in retail where I would be sick of all these songs long before now I have yet to hear any this year. I am sure I will in the next week.
1. “YOU’RE A MEAN ONE MR. GRINCH” NAME A VILLAINUS CHARACTER YOU COULDN’T HELP BUT LOVE.
All of us Villains
Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
The Title kind of gives it away but all of them are villains. There isn’t a good honest one among them but I have to say I really liked a lot of them as characters. The are thrown into completely shit situations out of their control and you can’t help but feel sympathetic for them, and feel that they are justified in some of their actions. I am really interested in how the story continues.
2. “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU” WHICH BOOK TO YOU MOST HOPE TO SEE UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE?
The Toast of Time
Chronicles of St Mary’s
Like most book bloggers I have a wish list a mile long that I would be ecstatic to find a book or two from that list under my tree. One I know will definitely be making its way to me on Christmas as I have it on preorder, it is a kindle book and it is released on the 25th of December. I love the Chronicles of St Mary’s series and the Christmas adventure short stories are always so much fun. I can’t wait to read it ( I am planning on downloading it and reading it before I get out of bed to open presents, as a little happy Christmas from me to me).
3. “RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER” NAME A CHARACTER THAT OVERCOMES MAJOR OBSTACLES AND LEARNS TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES.
Under the Whispering door
T J Klune
Wallace Price is a total dick and the journey he goes on in this book is amazing. His obstacle is himself, his own personality, entitlement, stubbornness and the way he breaks down those walls and deals with some (I am glad its not all) of his issues is such an interesting read and you do find yourself routing for him despite him still being a bit of a dick.
4. “SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN”
A) WHICH CHARACTER DO YOU THINK WOULD BE ON THE TOP OF THE NAUGHTY LIST?
Alex De Campi
Misha would be on the Naughty list but for all the right reasons! Misha is your standard RomCom hunk, dark and brooding, devil with a heart of gold and despite fulfilling all these tropes he is so much fun. It was one of those books that you just devour, the paranormal elements worked so well with the girl in the big city rom-com aspects to make one hell of a fun and steamy read.
B) WHICH CHARACTER DO YOU THINK WOULD BE AT THE TOP OF THE NICE LIST?
Mosscap and Dax
A Psalm for the Wild Built
Mosscap the Robot is my favourite type of character, inquisitive and sweet, caring and quick to share knowledge. It makes them the perfect foil for Dax as they try to find out what it is they want in life. This companionship also allows us to explore some absolutely gorgeous world building. From the cities to the wilderness there is so much detail in this world. The religions and histories all playing a part as the story moves forward. It really felt like a true escape.
5. “FROSTY THE SNOWMAN” WHICH BOOK JUST MELTS YOUR HEART.
Instruction for Dancing
Anyone that knows me I am not a YA contemporary or even a contemporary romance reader but this came up as the The Write Reads Book Tour and it won me over. I loved that it covered all aspects of love both the whirlwind and joy of falling in love but also the ways people can fall out of love.
6. “FELIZ NAVIDAD” CHOOSE A BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE IN A COUNTRY OTHER THAN YOUR OWN.
The Colours of Death
This is an alternative future police procedural, with hints of sci-fi elements set in Lisbon, Portugal. It is a really nice mix of police investigation and small sci-fi elements to give it a unique and complex storyline. Isabel, the main character has a noir detective style feel, exchanging the stereotypical alcohol crutch with the problems with her gift and its control.
7. “IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR” WHICH HOLIDAY THEMED BOOK DO YOU USE TO SPREAD THE CHRISTMAS JOY?
A very Scalzi Christmas
I adore this short story collection. Scalzi’s short stories are funny and interesting and really make you think outside the box on things. I particularly love the stories Christmas in July and The interviews with Santa’s Lawyer and Santa’s Raindeer wrangler. There are also a couple of sweet stories ( which Scalzi admits he wrote to make his mother in law cry) and some seasonal silliness. It’s just a great little collection to make you a little more festive.
8. “SLEIGH RIDE” WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH (DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A LOVE INTEREST!)
Charon’s Tea House
Under the Whispering door
T J Klune
I think the tea house would be so wonderfully peaceful and joyful during the festive season> As a setting it just seems so homey and calm and I feel like the Christmas flavoured tea selection would be amazing. I can imagine it being filled with delicious baking and good conversation and just a generally relaxed Christmas all round.
9. “BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE” WHICH BOOK THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO A FIRE TO WARM YOURSELF UP IN THE COLD?
Secrets of the Starcrossed
The Once and Future Queen
This is the lowest rated book of the whole year. It had so much promise but to me it just didn’t deliver. The worldbuilding was lazy at best and the romance was beyond toxic. I actually found myself quite angry at how the female characters were repressed not for the plot of the book but that it seems that women’s feelings and desires are supressed and then pretend to paint them as positive when magic allows her to express them. I want NA that has healthy sexual partnerships, expression of female sexuality and desire with out it turning into a she is overcoming the system by having sex.
10. “DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR” WHICH BOOK DO YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ?
You’ll be the Death of Me
Karen M. McManus
This book Has my highest escape score of the year so far, with a whopping 57 points making it a very solid 5 stars. I just couldn’t put it down. There is something so addictive to McManus’s storytelling that just makes her mysteries such compelling reads.
I tag anyone that fancies giving this one a go. It is great fun and has some really unusual questions, which made it a lot of fun coming up with the answers. Let me know if you do this tag i would love to know your answers!