I got this awesome, Harry Potter-themed book tag from The Magic Violinist! Enjoy.
Fixes damaged objects
A book that needs some serious fixing: Ally Condie’s Matched needed a more complex protagonist. And better prose. It was basically a Hunger Games rip-off and it didn’t try to disguise that fact or even be a decent rip-off.
Creates a narrow beam of light
A book that deserves more attention: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie needs more attention, at least from YA readers. It’s just as terrifying and complex now as it likely was when originally published in nineteen thirty-nine, but it seems like very few kids my age have even heard of it.
Counters the effects of Lumos
An overhyped book: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan was a poor start to his spin-off series. The later books are better, but I was so disappointed by the first.
Summons an object from a significant distance
A book you’re anticipating: Winter by Marissa Meyer, the as-yet-untitled third book of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. In all cases these books are either the finales or very close to the end of their series so I’m anxious to see where the characters eventually end up.
Opens unlocked doors, unless bewitched
A book you want to be more open about: I loved Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins but it seems like the rest of the world hates it.
Conjures an incarnation of positive feelings
A book that made you cry, or at least want to: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – the third book in the Percy Jackson series – because Zoe died. Dude, you shouldn’t kill off such an awesome character after only one book.
Conjures the Dark Mark
A book you wish to mark as one of your favorites: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is my current favorite, and will likely remain there until it’s knocked down by the following books in the series.
A book you wish to keep forever: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Every time I borrow it from the library so I can reread it, I just want to keep it forever and forever. It’s hilarious and deep at the same time.
Used against a boggart
A book with a deceiving synopsis: I thought Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys was a paranormal romance – and it is, a little bit. But most of the book isn’t about Blue and Gansey. It’s about searching for lost kings, being friends, growing up rich and growing up poor, and fortune-telling. So far the series actually has one of the most slow-burning romances I’ve ever seen, so don’t avoid it because you think it’s all lovey-dovey.
A book you wish to burn out of your mind completely: Son by Lois Lowry, because it was a terrible finale to an otherwise wonderful YA dystopian series. It tried to be fantasy and science fiction at the same time, something the earlier books either never were or pulled off more successfully.
A book you wish to reread: I need to reread The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien’s entire trilogy, really – because the first time I just plowed through it, impatient for the story to become more interesting. I could go back now and further appreciate it.
Causes instant death
Worst book EVER: I’m probably going to be yelled at for saying The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, but it’s true. I hate it. Usually when my bloggy friends recommend books to me, they pick awesome ones – so I was excited to finally read it. And then I went, “…wow, this is trash.” It’s pretentious, with purple prose, poorly written characters (why was Hazel only healthy when it was convenient for the plot? why aren’t any of the parent-characters more fleshed-out?), and just general suckiness. Unfortunately, the movie comes out this summer. (Ah, that felt good. I got out all my John Green-induced ranting.)
Puts victim in an unconscious state
A book with a chapter you couldn’t seem to get over: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins – that chapter when the bat was eaten by mites? It horrified ten-year-old me.
Causes befuddlement or forgetfulness
A book that generally confused you: Baby’s in Black, by Arne Bellstorf, is historical fiction told in graphic novel format. It’s about the “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe, only I’d never heard of him before so maybe he was the sixth Beatle? Anyway, the novel was translated from German, but that wasn’t what confused me. I just couldn’t tell the characters apart! The four Beatles, plus two or three other guys, looked so alike that I was never really sure who was talking to whom. About three-quarters through, I finally figured out which one was Paul. But I still don’t know about the rest. (P.S. Apparently the book’s title comes from a Beatles song? I learned a thing today!)
Inflicts unbearable pain
A book that was a pain to read: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan had an intriguing plot – the entire story takes place in one night – but the stream-of-consciousness writing style wasn’t my thing.
Heals relatively minor injuries
A feel good book that you enjoyed: I suppose the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling? They always comfort me because I’ve read them so often.
Impedes target’s progress
A book that kept you up all night reading: When I read Ash by Malinda Lo I kept telling myself, “Just one chapter more!” and that turned into reading nearly the entire thing in one sitting. Which is clearly the only way to read a book that fantastic.
A book that left you speechless after you read it: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. For such a short book, it really made me think. I sat in the car silently turning pages instead of talking a mile a minute like I usually do.
Allows you to delve into someone’s mind
A book with well-developed characters: Cinder by Marissa Meyer has possibly the best-developed main character ever, and the supporting characters are great too.
A spell that turns you upside down
A book that changed your mind about a character from its prequel: Cress by Marissa Meyer, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, changed my mind about Carswell Thorne. In the previous book, Scarlet, Thorne was vain and selfish and shallow. In Cress, however, even though he said he wasn’t a hero, he totally was.
Used to hide memories
A book with a story you can’t remember: The fourth Percy Jackson book – Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. Actually, the same applies to its sequel, The Last Olympian. This tends to make reading the spin-off series, Heroes of Olympus, a bit difficult because the characters keep mentioning that time they fought Kronos and I’m just like, “…um, sure. Apparently that was a thing that happened. I don’t even recall that, but OK.”
A boring book that had absolutely no effect on you: Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani, unfortunately. I say “unfortunately” because the previous book, Viola in Reel Life was really good – the protagonist was quirky. In the sequel, however, I felt like she’d had all the life drained out of her.
Breaks through solid objects
A book that convinced you to reconsider a certain genre: Until I read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, I thought I liked only urban fantasy – not high fantasy as well.
A book that made you laugh: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart made me giggle because Ruby, the main character, is ridiculous and also basically me (if you substituted”girl-crazy” with “boy-crazy”).
Offensive spell that violently wounds the target
A book that may have scarred you for life: Stephen King’s Misery terrified me and I didn’t want to turn out the lights after reading it.
Makes you dance uncontrollably
A series finale that made you feel giddy: A long time ago, before even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I was anxious for the final Underland Chronicles book – Gregor and the Code of Claw. And then Suzanne Collins ripped my heart out and made me cry because she killed so many characters.
Causes an explosion that breaks through obstacles
A book that made you explode with the feels: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien because the ending is so beautiful and sad.
Nullifies other spells
A book you thought you’d dislike, but ended up loving: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, because I hadn’t enjoyed The Lost Hero. But the characters were much better in the sequel.
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