Hi, hello, hola. Today I stumbled on the Halsey Book Tag, and in my post-concert nostalgia, I thought—what the hell. I did spend a lot of the concert thinking about how her lyrics seem to fit perfectly with my favorite bookish characters, after all. Now let’s get on with the bookish discussions—monologues—, shall we?
Castle : Your favorite queen
You say that word, queen, and I think—Rose Calloway from Calloway Sisters by K. and B. Ritchie. She is smart, independent, caring, reliable, and although I did not love her to this extent in Kiss the Sky, Fuel The Fire had me cheering openly for Rose Calloway. I cannot spend this entire post praising Rose, so I’ll be short—she deserves all the love, and all the respect.
Hold me Down : A series you just can’t seem to quit, no matter how hard you try
See, that doesn’t happen to me anymore. I’m an impulsive reader, which means I read whatever I’m in the mood for, and if that means I have 40 books I’m currently reading, and that I most likely won’t finish them all out of boredom, then it’s fine. However, back when I had too much time to kill—how I miss that—, I did continue reading series I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about. The example that comes to mind is the Lux series by J. L. Armentrout. Frankly, I thought it predictable, if not a little dull, and yet… Yet, I finished the series, oddly amused by the main couple. Really, the series was fun, at the end. I just wouldn’t waste time reading it now.
New Americana : The fictional friend group you’d want to be your fight-the-apocalypse squad
The Foxes from All for the Game by N. Sakavic. Not sure if I would want to spend time with Andrew’s lot, because, let’s face it, they’re too extremely dysfunctional to not be extremely scary too, but these guys know danger, and they would be the last ones left standing (if Neil doesn’t run). Fyi, I just finished the series, and although it has all kinds of trigger-warnings, I loved it. I would love to have Dan on my side, even Andrew, and Matt. And Nicky, because what the hell. At least I wouldn’t get bored. Ever.
Drive : A couple that needs to communicate better
Kestrel and Arin from The Winner’s Trilogy by M. Rutkoski. As I write this, I internally wail, because the final book is coming out in about 2 weeks and oh, how I dread it. The second book was amazingly painful, and I can’t wait for my heart to be torn apart again. And for Kestrel and Arin to communicate.
Hurricane : Favorite standalone
Ooh, that’s a tricky one. I’ll settle for Cam Girl by Leah Raeder because it tackles important issues, shifted my world a little and because I would die before I could write like him, but know that I am hesitating with so many others, because how the hell do you expect me to answer such a question.
Roman Holiday : Cutest contemporary couple
Loren and Lily in the Addicted series by K. and B. Ritchie. Lily is adorable enough for both of them, and childhood-friends-to-lovers is the best trope.
Ghost : Most tragic break up
Caroline and West in the Caroline & West duology by R. York. It felt too real, it was too reasonable, why do these two have to be so stubborn, my heart bled a little during book 2.
Colors : One of your faves who hurt you a lot because they make terrible decisions
My son, Adam Parrish. From The Raven Cycle, by M. Stiefvater. And yes, I have adopted him. Sometimes, son, I just don’t agree with your decisions. But I understand, and I love you.
Strange Love : Characters a lot of people don’t get but you absolutely love
I don’t know a lot of people, you know.
Let’s go with Laurent from Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. It’s cheating, because nobody gets Laurent during book 1. Not a lot of people like him in book 1, either. But then…
In book 2, I fell in love with his character, and trust me, I don’t get him either.
Coming Down : Best sexy time scene
Looking down at the never-ending list of answers I could choose. Leah Raeder knows how to write sex scenes, so I’ll go with Cam Girl, although Black Iris‘s is probably just as good. I’d also like to say—The Prince’s Gambit, chapter 19. Fair warning for adult content, kids.
Haunting : A book or character you’re still thinking about
Lochan Whitely from Forbidden by T. Suzuma still makes me hurt after all this time.
Gasoline : Favorite (self-)destructive character
William Herondale from The Infernal Devices by C. Clare? Andrew Minyard from the All for the Game trilogy? Loren Hale from the Addicted series? I just don’t know.
Control : Best villain
Nnggh. Do you mean worst villain, or the villain I can’t help but love? I’ll go with the former, and that is, Jonathan Randall from Outlander by D. Gabaldon. If you’ve read the book, you know what he’s done, and why he deserves a slow and painful death. (I’m not usually this violent. I think.)
Young God : Characters that secretly worship each other
Ha, ha. That’s easy. Richard Gansey III and Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle. You know it, I know it. They’re obsessed with each other, they’re jealous of each other, they worship each other. They don’t know it, though.
I Walk the Line : Best retelling/reworking
I’ll have to go with The Song of Achilles by M. Miller. It’s a retelling of The Iliad, in which Patroclus and Achilles are lovers. It is painful, and beautiful, and beautiful.
Is There Somewhere : OTP with obstacles
Ryke Meadows and Daisy Calloway from Calloway Sisters. From the important age gap, to their personal issues, these two have had to work through a lot. God, I feel like a proud mom.
Empty Gold : An OTP that became a NOTP
Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy by T. Mafi. Yes, I’ll admit it. I used to worship them. Now, though, meh. Their relationship is crazy unhealthy, and that doesn’t bother me in books that seem to acknowledge it, but in this series, it seems to be glamorizing it.
Trouble : Toxic relationship you ship even though you know better
I don’t know what you mean.
… Neil Josten and Andrew Minyard from All for the Game? Are they toxic for each other? I can’t figure it out.
Ha! Helena and Demetrius from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Does that count?