Welcome to another book tag! I love doing these – they’re a great way of doing mini reviews, and they’re always such fun. I stole this idea from Lauren over at Fictiontea – thanks lovely!
So, without further ado, here are my answers the Harry Potter Spells tag!
‘The Magician’s Nephew‘ by CS Lewis
This book has a really personal meaning to me. I remember sitting on the sofa with my dad and reading it out loud to him – it’s one of my earliest memories. I still have the original copies I was given as a child, and this particular book has a pen mark on the first page where we first stopped reading, as my dad didn’t have a bookmark handy!
EXPELLIARMUS | A book that took you by surprise?
‘Viper‘ by Bex Hogan
This book was a massive surprise for me! It was included in a FairyLoot box as a second book, and I honestly hadn’t heard too much about it before I received it. But oh my word, is it amazing! For a more detailed review, you can check out my post here – but let me say here that this book is absolutely brilliant and everyone needs to read it.
PRIOR INCANTATO | The last book you read?
‘The Evil Queen‘ by Gena Showalter
I had such high hopes for this book, but it didn’t really fill me with delight. It has a great premise and some parts are brilliant, but over all I just didn’t love it. For a more detailed review, check out my latest post.
ALOHAMORA | A book that introduced you to a genre you’d never considered before?
‘Fangirl‘ by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve always been a fantasy reader, be it high fantasy or YA fantasy, so when a friend recommended Fangirl to me I was a bit sceptical. But this book opened me up to the world of YA contemporaries, and I’m so glad it did. Fangirl has become such a special book to me, and it’s one that I reread at least once a year – Cath Isobel of my spirit animals.
RIDDIKULUS | A funny book you’ve read?
‘Sorcery of Thorns’ by Margaret Rogerson
You may think a fantasy story isn’t the best choice for this prompt, but this one is full of laughs. Nathaniel and Silas have some of the best banter I’ve ever read – they are genuinely hilarious! It’s a really great read, and managed to find the perfect balance between humour and seriousness. Definitely make sure you put it on your reading list! You can also check out my review!
SONORUS | A book you think everyone should know about?
‘We Hunt The Flame‘ by Hafsah Faizal
Have you read this yet? No? Then get on it. I absolutely adore We Hunt The Flame, and I’ve spent the last several months trying to convince everyone I know to read it because it’s just so good! Hafsah has created a rich and magical world, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes in the sequel, We Free The Stars! Need more reasons to read it – I’ve got them for you here.
OBLIVIATE | A book or spoiler you would like to forget you ever read?
‘The Coldest Girl In Coldtown‘ by Holly Black
Honestly, this just wasn’t my cup of tea. And it should have been, which is what disappoints me most. I love vampires stories, and stand alone books and this book has such an amazing premise – but I really didn’t enjoy it. I’ve since read a few more of Holly Black’s books and I think it’s just her writing style that I don’t enjoy… but perhaps The Wicked King will change my mind, when I finally get to it!
IMPERIO | A book you had to read for school?
‘Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
I honestly can’t remember disliking a book more than this one. I absolutely hated studying it at school, and was so grateful when the year was over and I could get rid of my copy forever.
CRUCIO | A book that was painful to read?
‘Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
This book ripped my heart out, tore it to shreds and then stitched it back together before forcing it back into my chest. There are very few books that can make me ugly cry, but this is one of them. I was absolutely heartbroken by the end of it, and I still haven’t plucked up the courage to read the sequels…
AVADA KEDAVRA | A book that could kill (interpret as you will)?
‘The Priory of the Orange Tree‘ by Samantha Shannon
I have to agree with Lauren on this one, and say Priory. It’s an 800+ page behemoth of a book, and it could do some serious damage if used as a weapon! Not that I’m condoning violence… but if you happen to find yourself up against a vampire or a zombie, and Priory is in your bag, wield it against your foes and let the dragon power of it protect you!
Also, go and read it because it’s AMAZING!! Here’s why!
I’m tagging the following lovelies to carry on the tag:
– Faye at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
– Becky at Uptown Oracle
– Emily at A Short Book Lover