Who here absolutely LOVES The Greatest Showman? Hands up!
I am definitely a massive fan of this film. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it, and I know all the words to all the songs and frequently sing them at the top of my voice. When Lauren at Fictiontea tagged me for this, I knew it was going to be a lot of fun.
So, here goes!
THE GREATEST SHOW | In which the intro is amazing?
I will forever be in love with the introduction to The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. It is honestly one of my favourite lines in literature, and promises a world of adventure and imagination. After all, how could you not want to know more after reading “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a start on the epic series that is The Lord of the Rings.
A MILLION DREAMS | In which things get a little too dragged?
This is an interesting one. For me, I’d have to go with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Everything in this book was a little too much for me, which I was quite surprised about. The story felt very slow and the characters didn’t develop all that well, so I was very disappointed – especially as I’d heard such great things about it!
COME ALIVE | In which there’s a good plot twist?
Oooh, who doesn’t love a good plot twist? I’m going with Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco for this one. I really enjoyed this book, and the characters were all fantastically well written. But the twist at the end was so unexpected, I think my jaw actually dropped when I read it! It was so wonderfully done, and now the series is a firm favourite.
THE OTHER SIDE | In which a Villain turns into a good guy or vice versa?
I’m choosing Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses for this one – for obvious reasons! When I first read this book, I will admit to falling a little bit in love with Tamlin. I mean, who doesn’t fall for a lovely, protective and handsome fae male, right? Then I read A Court of Mist and Fury, and you can bet I never switched allegiance so quickly as I did in that book! Tamlin went from being lovely and romantic to an overbearing brute in the space of a few chapters. Definitely good guy to evil sod!
NEVER ENOUGH | In which you hate the love triangle?
This one is a little difficult for me, because I absolutely adore the love triangle trope. But if I have to choose, then it’s going to be the Edward – Bella – Jacob triangle from the Twlight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. I have quite a few problems with these books, which I’m not going to go in to here, but this love triangle always felt a bit forced to me. Add in the weird Renesmee thing in Breaking Dawn, and I can definitely say I felt a little bit squeamish about this one!
THIS IS ME | In which representation is amazing?
I’m 100% going with The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken for this one. Not only is it a fantastic YA dystopian series, but the representation is fantastic! The characters are all really well rounded and have diverse and interesting back stories, and are just fantastically well written. I haven’t seen the film yet, so I don’t know if this came across there as well, but I really hope it did!
REWRITE THE STARS | In Which It’s ‘Us Against The World’ (Not Necessarily Romantic)
The Next Together by Lauren James is about a couple who are, quite literally, against EVERY world! This is an epic sci-fi time-travel romance adventure where our protagonists, Kate and Matthew, have to fight against time, history and the government to save their world. It’s such an amazing story, and the relationship between Kate and Matthew is goals!!
TIGHTROPE | In which the love triangle took a wrong turn?
I can only go with The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo for this one. It’s more of a love quadrangle, granted, but I really don’t think that Alina should have ended up with Mal. I’m sorry, but no. She could have had The Darkling or Nikolai and I’d have been perfectly happy. But Mal was such a bland character for most of the series, only really getting interesting at the end of book three… Alina could have chosen better.
FROM NOW ON | In which the protagonist only gets their stuff together in the end?
Is the answer to this not most books…? I mean, generally that’s how a good book progresses, right?! Ah well, for this one I’m going to choose Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It definitely took the lead character, Agnieszka a long time to get all her ducks in a row, as the saying goes. But the journey was amazing to read and I completely fell in love with this story as I was reading it.
That was so much fun to do, and I hope you enjoyed reading my answers. I’m going to tag Cat, Beth and Jenn for this one, as I’d love to see their answers! Now I’m off to bake a cake and sing This Is Me!
Until next time, Faeries!