June is finally here, which means summer has started! That means no classes, endless sweat, and the feeling that the Sun is trying to fry you alive. (Can you tell that I don’t really like the summer heat?)
I thought it would be a fun idea to do this tag as a way of celebrating the start of summer. However, to make this tag a little more challenging, I’m only going to use the books that I’ve read so far in 2020 to answer the prompts.
- Link back to the original creator in your post.
- Feel free to use any of the tag graphics in your post, or create your own!
- Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.
All of the graphics in this post are made by Tiffany.
Let’s jump right in!
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
This one is kind of stretch, but there are several scenes where Bryce and Hunter are near the water to talk to Tharion, a merman and the Captain of Intelligence for the River Queen. I couldn’t find any books that I’ve read so far this year that was permanently set near water, so the House of Earth and Blood is going to have to be a close second. I hope we get to see more of Tharion in the upcoming books because he certainly was a fun character!
Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This is the third and final book in A Wicked Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m not going to go super into it because I will probably accidentally spoil something, but all you need to know is that this is a new adult fantasy/romance series. The romance in here is definitely spicier than in YA. I wasn’t planning on reading this book anytime soon, but seeing that this series is being turned into a show/movie, I thought I’d go ahead and finally finish the trilogy.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Honestly, this prompt could go with any YA fantasy novel, but I think We Hunt the Flame fits pretty well. Zafira, the Hunter, has to travel to find a lost magical artifact that may save her people from the impending shadows of the Arz. Nasir, the Prince of Death, is also tasked in finding the artifact plus killing the mysterious Hunter. The journey that both characters goes on leads to both a self-discovery and wisdom.
Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu
I really enjoyed the first book of Check, Please!, but for some reason, I loved the second book disproportionately more. The first book was great. Amazing, even! But the second one was even more amazing! I didn’t think it could get any better than the first book and then it DID. I think that’s why I think I was super starstruck by the end of this book. Not only is it a super great read with positive messages, it is so wholesome that you will feel like you were given a great, big bear hug by the end of it.
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
For those of you who have read any of Sabaa Tahir’s works, you know how hard it is to put down. Her An Ember in the Ashes series is super intense. I feel like half the time I’m about to have a heart attack with how fast my heart is beating. One moment the characters are okay and the next they’re in some deep doo doo. There is no good moment to put down the book because once you think the characters are okay, Tahir hits you with a twist that you didn’t see coming. It hurts to not be sure if your favorite character is going to make it, but man, is reading the series worth it!
Snug: A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd
If you follow catanacomics on Instagram, then you probably recognize this book! Catana is a comic artist who makes super cute relationship comics on social media. Occasionally, she’ll come out with a compilation of her most recent comics (in addition to some exclusive ones) in the form of a book. Whenever I need some wholesome vibes in my life, I always pick up one of her books or go to her Instagram page. This one is her latest release!
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
It’s not a secret that I don’t read a lot of contemporary books. However, I’ve never read a book where the main character is transgender, so I thought I’d give this one a shot. I’m so glad that I read this book because it was so refreshing to read a book about someone who is not sure how to label their identity. I don’t think I talked about it in my review, but I’m going through a similar struggle of trying to figure out how to label an aspect of myself. It was nice to see that reflected in a main character.
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
I thought Nova had to do a lot in Renegades, but she has even more obstacles to go through in this sequel. There were many times where so many hurdles were thrown at her that it seemed impossible that she would achieve anything. At any moment, she’s at the risk of being exposed. When she overcomes a seemingly large hurdle, three more take its place. Marissa Meyer was not kind to her in this book, but it makes for good entertainment.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
First of all, can we stop and appreciate how amazing this cover is? Okay, thank you. There are a handful of books that go into detail about the food in the world, but I think Elizabeth Acevedo did it the best in With the Fire on High. The main character Emoni knows her way around cooking, and some of the dishes that she cooks had my mouth watering. Seriously, if the food I cooked didn’t combust every time I stepped into the kitchen, I would try and cook some of these recipes myself. All of them sounded so delicious!
I tag anyone and everyone who needs or wants some bookish fun in their life!
Until next time….