Around the World in YA Tag

Is there anyone by now who doesn’t know that I love to travel? In case you didn’t then just as an FYI I have a major case of wanderlust. I want to be able to say I’ve stepped foot on every country at least once, I want to have visited every continent before I turn 30, I want to take a gap year and just spend continuous months travelling anywhere and everywhere. In short there is no country I don’t want to visit, nothing I don’t want to experience.

So really this was the perfect tag for me.

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I was tagged by Izzi at Ravenclaw Book Club. Thank you so much for the tag Izzi; everyone else should definitely check out her original post and while you’re there her blog as well.


London

Starting off in London because, even though it’s technically my home town, it’s still one of my favourite cities.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travellers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveller, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford—a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

Honestly I couldn’t pick between these two books because both are all-time favourites of mine, which if you’ve been following my blog for a while now you’ll be well aware of. A Darker Shade of Magic is set in an alternate London where magic is real; Red London. The Bone Season is, once again, set in an alternate version of London, this time a London where clairvoyants are real but feared and hunted down.


France

Living in England France was always the country we’d visit on school trips. I still have a lot of the country I need to see but I’d love to return to Paris one day.

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Scarlet by Marisssa Meyer

This is not the fairytale you remember.

But it’s one you won’t forget.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive—when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

As another of my all-time favourite series I needed to fit The Lunar Chronicles in this tag somewhere. Set mainly in France this book follows Scarlet and Wolf as they set of to the heart of Paris where Scarlet’s grandmother is being held. We also follow Cinder and Thorne as they escape from the prison in New Beijing to the French countryside and finally to Paris as well; following Scarlet’s journey as they too try to find Michele Benoit.


Germany

I’ve never set foot in Germany before, which is a shame because it’s slow close to me,  but I’d love to visit one day. There’s so much history there to experience.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.

I don’t normally read historical fiction – preferring fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi books over historical fiction ones – but The Book Thief fast became one of my favourites. It was on my to-read list for ages before I picked it up, and even then it was only because the movie was being released. The Book Thief follows Leisel’s life in Germany during World War II as she lives with her foster parents, and eventually harbour a Jew in their basement.


Prague

I was only in Prague for a few short days but it was honestly one enchanting places I’ve been. I’m already planning my next trip to Prague and have been since I got back from my first holiday there.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone  by Laini Taylor

“Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.”
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was actually the book that made me add Prague to my must-travel-to list in the first place. The way Laini Taylor wrote the world Karou lived in was just so full of wonder and magic I wanted to experience it for myself. In Daughter of Smoke and Bone Karou always had one foot in the real world in Prague and another through the doors where Brimstone lived in Elsewhere.


Greece

Despite my love of Greek mythology I’ve never actually been to Greece before. It’s now at the top of my must-travel-to list so hopefully I’ll get there one day soon.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper—despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. 

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

This book ripped out my heart, crushed it beneath its feet, and laughed at my pain. The Song of Achilles retells the story of the Trojan War from the Greek classic The Iliad, but this time through Patroclus’s eyes. We see him grow up with Achilles, train with him under Chiron tutelage, and finally fight in the battle of Troy to reclaim Helen.


India

As part of Asia going to India would not only cross a country off my must-travel-to list but a continent off my goal to have visited every continent before I turn 30.

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and after I finished The Star-Touched Queen it became a contender for my favourite book of the year; and a large part of that was because of the setting. It was a magical place, not just Akaran but even among her father’s kingdom. This book takes inspiration from the Hades and Persephone myth but adds Indian folklore influences to the story.


Russia

Russia is a place I’ve wanted to visit for a while now as well. There seems to be a lot of books set there and with every one I read my desire to visit the country they’re set just increases and increases.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor.

This may technically be cheating because the Grisha trilogy isn’t set in Russia so much as set in a world inspired by Russia. It easy to see the influences Leigh Bardugo took from the country, not only in the world of Ravka itself but in the people and the traditions they adopt.


My tags:

And if there’s anyone else out there who wants to take part, consider yourself tagged. Just send me a link to your post in the comments so I can see what your answers are.

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32 thoughts on “Around the World in YA Tag

  1. Haha, England is the first school trip destination for French pupils! I did not know Scarlet was set in France! I have already decided that my honeymoon should be in Greece. And if I don’t get married within the next 5 years, I’ll go for a wild girls-only trip there! 😀

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    1. Yeah I guess it works the other way around too, and our countries are quite close to each other as well aren’t they?
      Oh yeah it was great to see Marissa Meyer’s France in Scarlet, and wow honeymooning in Greece would be just amazing wouldn’t it?
      Either way as long as you get to go to Greece that’s the main thing right? 🙂

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  2. I really love books set in London – ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ was one of my favourite books last year, and I’ve just finished the sequel. The Rivers of London series is a lot of fun, too (police procedural/fantasy mash-up with Harry Potter jokes).

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    1. I’m actually the same, I love books set in London because it’s just amazing to see aspects of a city I’m in all the time in my favourite books.
      ADSOM is just my all-time favourite series, I can’t wait to get my hands on the last in the series.
      I haven’t actually read The Rivers of London series but someone else recommended it to my so I’m thinking I may have to add it to my to-read list! 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren. Yeah it was a fun tag and if you want to do it yourself then go for it! 😀
      Oh yes, I just had to include ADSOM somewhere in this tag! The Star-Touched Queen just had such an amazing world and it’s one of the reasons I loved this book as much as I did.
      Oh I would highly highly recommend both of those books/series, just be prepared for The Song of Achilles to rip out your heart and stomp all over it.

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  3. Great choices, Beth! The Song of Achilles is a book I’m planning to read sometime next month because of how much I’ve heard of it, and A Darker Shade of Magic is just so, so lovely. And now that I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I’m sadly not the hugest fan of the book, but I LOVE the vivid imagery Taylor has painted for us. It does feel like a very distinct world to what we’ve seen, and while I’ve never been to Prague before it’s definitely made me want to go there ASAP! 💕

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    1. Thanks so much Reg! Oh I can’t wait for you to start The Song of Achilles, I do hope you love it but yeah be prepared for it to rip your heart out and stomp all over it! Yeah I just had to include A Darker Shade of Magic in this post somewhere.
      Oh that’s a shame about Daughter of Smoke and Bone but it’s not for everyone. Either way yeah the world building was beyond amazing. After me and my friend both finished it we started planning our own trip to Prague, that’s a city I’d recommend visiting whenever you get a chance, it’s pretty magical in real life as well. ❤

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      1. Oh definitely wait until you’re in the right mood for this book, and when maybe you have some fluffy YA contemporaries to read after to heal from the book hangover it will give you.
        Yeah, I feel that way about Australia and any place further away than five hours by plane! We need a faster way to travel to other countries! 😀

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  4. I love this idea, and thank you so much for tagging me! I must admit that I’ve only read The Book Thief from this list, and the rest are on my infinitely long TBR pile. I’ve been to India several times since my parents were born there, and the beaches of Southern India are absolutely lovely, and the culture and food and rich and delicious. I’ve always wanted to visit Northern India, though, especially the Taj Mahal. I also hope to visit England, Greece, and France some day as well! 🙂

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    1. Yeah it’s a brilliant tag, and a great way to highlight books that aren’t set in US (like I see a load of YA books are). That’s all right, I can’t wait to see your answers for this one!
      The Book Thief is just wonderful isn’t it? And hopefully you’ll get around to the rest soon, they’re all amazing books.
      Wow that must have been amazing to have been there so many times, all the pictures I’ve seen of India look so beautiful and it just makes me want to hop on a plane right away. Honestly there’s so much of India I want to see, and it’s a massive country isn’t it?
      Both England and France are amazing so hopefully you’ll get an opportunity to visit, and if Greece is anything like I imagine it will be it’s bound to be brilliant as well! 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, yeah travelling is one of my favourite things to do (if only I had the money to travel more than I do!)
      Yeah I thought this was a brilliant tag as well, you should definitely take part if it interests you, and some of these are favourite books of mine so I’d really recommend picking them up! 😀

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  5. Oh wow I love this! I’ve never seen this tag before, but what a great idea! I love both your choices for England (although I’ve not got round to reading The Bone Season yet) and The Book Thief is such a wonderful book. I’ve also not come across many people who have read The Song of Achilles, so I always get excited when someone mentions it. It’s such a painfully beautiful book and yes, hearts were ripped out in the reading. 😛 I actually didn’t realise that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was set in Prague, and now I’m even more excited to read it. It’s sitting on my library book pile just waiting to be picked up next! Great post and thanks so much for the tag, can’t wait to do this one!

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    1. It’s a brilliant tag, and a great way of highlighting books that are set in different countries, I have more than a few on my shelves set in the US.
      Oh I’d definitely recommend The Bone Season, it’s an amazing series and it’s fast become one of my favourites. The Book Thief is another of my favourites, a beautifully written and moving book.
      I’ve been seeing a fair bit of The Song of Achilles around lately, so I’m kind of surprised more people aren’t talking about it you know? God even now I’m still not over that book. I want to read it again but I don’t know if my heart can take another re-read!
      Oh yes, the whole series is set in a place other than the US, and it doesn’t stay in Prague either for the whole trilogy. I’d highly recommend it, it starts off a little slow but once you get into it trust me you won’t regret it!
      Thanks so much Kate, and that’s all right, I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this one!

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