I saw this tag at The Book Cover Girls and thought it would be perfect to do today with Halloween just around the corner. The tag was created by Never Not Reading and is obvious based on the Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus!
The Sanderson Sisters
A great trilogy.
There can be no other answer for me than the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I fell in love with A Darker Shade of Magic when I first read it and the other two books in the trilogy were wonderful themselves. You can’t ask for a better fantasy trilogy.
A book with a truly evil female villain.
Ooooo. This one was fun to ponder. I love a good female villain and there aren’t nearly enough of them. I’m going to go with Nashira Sargas from Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series. That villain is trying to topple humanity and will murder any innocents in her way. If that isn’t a villain I’m not sure what is.
A book that uncannily attracts children.
Bit of odd phrasing but I see what you’re saying there. The automatic answer would be Harry Potter but I don’t think that truly captures that uncanny aspect. I truly can’t come up with any other book that would attract the younger crowd quite as well, though. Maybe Percy Jackson. Hm.
A book that is just plain silly.
The first one that comes to mind is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1) by Douglas Adams. Sure, there is some underlying social commentary buried in there but it is mostly just ridiculousness.
A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.
This is going to rub a few people the wrong way but I’m going to say pretty much anything by Cassandra Clare. She and her ridiculous love triangles and werewolves and vampires are trying so damn hard to be cool that it is laughable.
A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. I love this historical fiction view into the early reign of Queen Victoria. She was completely unafraid to say and be exactly who she was. She had thoughts in her head and was non hesitant in expressing them. She just told it like it was and how she thought it should be.
A book series that just won’t die.
This is quickly developing into a list of my unpopular opinions. Yikes. But that won’t stop me from naming the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Book 1 was boring. Book 2 was slightly less boring. I tried to read the third one and it put me to sleep multiple times until I gave up. There is no story in these books, I just don’t understand how they keep going!
A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.
Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I swear she doesn’t have a single logical brain cell in her pretty little head. I’m not going to get into another rant about her but just know that she is dumb as a box of rocks.
The Black Flame Candle
A book or series you wish you could resurrect.
None. Zip. Zilch. Zero. So many series keep going and going long after they should have been put to rest.
Headless Billy Butcherson
A book that’s not so bad as people make it out to be.
Bloody hell, I don’t know. I’m usually the one ragging horribly on popular books. Queen of the Unpopular Opinions here. I guess I would say that Gregory Maguire’s books get a bad rap. Sure, there are some rotten eggs in his lot but for the most part they are actually pretty good.
Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book
A book with a mind of its own.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. If you haven’t read it this one won’t make sense to you I don’t think, but, I don’t think there is any more of a perfect answer. Sorina creates these creatures and characters with her mind to perform in her, for lack of a better term, circus show. They are the product of her mind but they develop their owns minds outside of what she provided them with. They are imaginary friends with a physical form that morph into something more. It is really interesting if you think about it too hard which I have obviously done.
A book with a cameo.
The overwhelming answer I have seen for this question has been Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom. Guess what? I haven’t read it. I can’t think of anything I have personally read that fits this, though. Hm.
I tag anyone who loves Halloween, Hocus Pocus, or is just looking for a good tag for the upcoming holiday!