Helloooo internet. It’s very rare that I actually do a tag post – whenever I am tagged in one, I always forget to finish writing the post. But… Holly @ Lost in a Library tagged me in this ‘Narnian’ themed one, and I thought this would be a really cool one to write. 🙂 So, here we go! This is pretty much all based on books I’ve read so far in 2015.
1) King Peter the Magnificent – A book which stands out in its genre.
Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler was an outstanding YA debut. I’m so glad Liz Kessler has joined the growing world of LGBT* YA, and her book just blew me away. It dealt with so many topics in a great way and feels very different to anything out there.
2) Queen Susan the Gentle – A book which is underrated.
The second I’m asked about any underrated books, I instantly go to STRAY by Monica Hesse. It’s one of the best and most realistic dystopian books I have ever read. Hesse is a fantastic writer and her characters and extraordinary. I wish more people read it! I’m surprised there’s no big fandom for the book. There should be.
3) King Edmund the Just – A book that took a while to hook you in.
I couldn’t really think of a book to put here that completely fits… The Death House by Sarah Pinborough, whilst a very chilling read, didn’t always hook me in, and I can’t place a finger on why, because so many have loved it.
4) Queen Lucy the Valiant – An on-going series you’re loyal to.
ZOM-B by Darren Shan, of course! I’m a raving fan of Darren Shan’s latest, brilliantly gory series of books. Waiting on book eleven of twelve now… I can’t believe we’re nearing the end!
5) Aslan, the Great Lion – A powerful book that stuck with you.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an important and powerful book. I read it over an unusually long period, not because it was a large book, but because I wanted to savour every word. It was a taut, emotional story, and Cameron was an incredibly relatable character.
6) Jadis, the White Witch – A book with a synopsis that deceived you.
I really struggled to find a title for this one! I’m swaying towards Lorali by Laura Dockrill. The synopsis on the finished copy is very vague but has a very romance-y feel to it, whereas the book was a lot gritter than I’d expected.
7) Mr and Mrs Beaver – Your comfort reads.
Unless they’re revision / school-related ones, I don’t keep books on my desk. Except for one – The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan. I don’t know how to describe that book. It’s so therapeutic. Every now and then, as a revision break, or just at random, I’ll pick it up, flip to a random page, and read a little bit. (It’s all in prose, and follows the lives of lots of students at one school. It’s difficult to pitch, but it’s amazing!)
8) Mr Tumnus – A book with a surprising twist.
So, I very recently was lucky enough to read Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall and I loved it so, so much. Claire McFall never disappoints and this was the most shocking of any of her books! I was in a bit of a daze after the final chapters. Review soon, btw. 🙂
9) Cair Paravel – A book with a beautiful message.
Without a doubt – Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton. A beautifully written, young YA book centred around a group of girls. It is so different other books on the market for young teenage girls, I think – this first book in the series focuses mainly on Kitty, as she realises she is gay. I loved the message of it, how Keris fantastically encourages her readers to be themselves, and speaking of which… I need to go find the second book!
10) The Land of Narnia – Your favourite fantasy world.
There are a lot to pick from, but from my 2015 shelf of goodreads – it has to be the world of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. It was really well crafted; it feels like a very classic fantasy world but at the same time stands out from the market.