I was tagged in the Court of Prythian Book Tag when A Court of War and Ruin was released, and it’s taken me so long to get around to it that in the meantime Sarah J. Maas has written and released A Court of Frost and Starlight. Given I will be posting my review of the latter tomorrow I figured now was the perfect time to take part in this tag.
I was tagged by Chelle at Chelle’s Book Ramblings. Thanks for the tag Chelle, I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.
Spring Court – High Lord Tamlin
Beautiful everlasting spring but with a bit of a dark side, much like its high lord, who you might have loved when the series started and rooted for him and Feyre but now you feel completely different.
Name a book or series that you started loving and ended up hating.
The Chronicles of Ixia by Maria V. Snyder
Hate is probably too strong a word, but I used to love this series and I’m not sure what happened because now I’m just not interested in it. The first three books are probably always going to be favourites of mine, but I wasn’t a fan of Opal so it was hard to follow her trilogy and currently Dawn Study is still on my TBR list where it will likely stay for a while.
Summer Court – High Lord Tarquin
A court that wants equality for all fae and it’s working on achieving that. A place that receives everyone.
Name a book or series with the most diverse characters that you’ve read.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Yes, this is the same answer Chelle chose for this question, but honestly when it comes to creating a diverse crew I think Leigh Bardugo really set the bar with Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan. There’s so much representation in those six characters and it was just incredible to read.
Autumn Court – High Lord Beron
Filled with conflict and power struggles under the rule of ruthless High Lord. Most likely where we will be going on the next books in the series.
Name a book or series that you could not put down because you had to know what happened next.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I’m addicted to this series, they always end in a way that leaves me desperate for the next book and currently the wait for book four is killing me.
When I finished reading The Bone Season I was at work, so even though I had a copy of The Mime Order waiting for me at home I brought a version for my Kindle there and then so I could get started on book two right away.
Winter Court – High Lord Kallias
A beautiful and cold landscape and very hard to read people.
Name a book or series that you picked up because of its cover but it ended up being hard to read.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
This was a book I picked up ages ago now, but I’m still not over how disappointing it was. The cover is gorgeous and while that was the main thing that drew me to Reign of Shadows the blurb sounded amazing and it’s a fairytale retelling, all point in its favour. Unfortunately Reign of Shadows ended up being a terrible read in every way possible.
Dawn Court – High Lord Thesan
Healing and inventions are the core of this court.
Name a book that completely lighten your mood right after you read it.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has everything. Incredible characters you can’t help but love, a ship-worthy romance between Monty and Percy, high stakes and tension offset with humour which will have you laughing out loud, and enough travel to give you wanderlust just reading. This is one of the books I reach for when I’m feeling down, because it never fails to make me smile.
Day Court – High Lord Helion
The Court of light and knowledge.
Name a book that you found to be the most inspiring.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Izzy goes through so much in this book, and it shows in her character development which was incredibly written. Throughout The Exact Opposite of Okay Izzy faces a lot of judgment and scorn for something that she isn’t to blame for, and I loved the strength Laura Steven gave to her.
Night Court – High Lord Rhysand, High Lady Feyre
It’s two sub Courts, a perfect example of the dual nature of everything.
Court of Nightmares
Just as the names states a court filled with monsters and evil intent.
Name a book, series, or character that you hate with a passion.
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
I feel like this could actually count for all three; I hated the story, hated Emily Barr’s debut release (though it’s not technically ‘a series’), and hated Ella Black’s character.
Normally with books I don’t like I try to find a few things that I can say were good, but the only thing I can think of for this one is that the setting was well written. That’s literally it.
Court of Dreams
The Utopic Court, where we all would want to live.
Name your favourite read of the year, that book that blended everything you were looking for.
Currently there are two books in the running for my favourite read of the year (I can’t choose between them, please don’t ask me to).
As the last book in The Illuminae Files trilogy there was a lot riding on Obsidio, but of course it was amazing. Fast paced and action packed with amazing characters and plenty from my favourite AI; AIDAN. Circe is largely character based, but it was incredibly developed and so beautifully written that I fell in love from the first page.
Tell me what series you started out loving but ended up hating, and what book is it you reach for when your mood needs lightening up? Let me know what your current favourite read of this year is, has anyone else read and loved either Obsidio or Circe yet? And if there’s anyone out there who wants to take part consider yourself tagged.