Hello everyone! I’m back again with yet another book tag! I mean, how could I resist the Pokémon Go book tag?! I’m seriously addicted to the game, therefore I needed to participate in this wonderful tag created by the lovely Aentee @ Read AT Midnight! I was tagged by the wonderful, Jesse from Books At Dawn! Go check their blogs!
This craze that has swept the world by storm! Everyone is playing Pokémon GO now. Everywhere you look you will find Pokémon Trainers with their eyes glued to their phones trying to catch their next best Pokémon or battling gyms for the prestige! It’s the best addiction, next to books that you could have! Come and join in.
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Of course my answer would have to be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It definitely wasn’t the first book that I ever read, but it did play a huge role in my childhood and sparked my love for reading.
Synopsis: Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.
A Clockwork Orange is one of my favourite books of all time. It is also one of my favourite films of all time. There’s just something about it, despite its graphic content, that stands out to me.
Synopsis: A vicious fifteen-year-old “droog” is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick’s magnificent film of the same title. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to “redeem” him—the novel asks, “At what cost?”
I was completely 100% obsessed with Twilight when I was a young teen. I loved it. Although the books went downhill for me as they continued to be released, I still loved them. Then the films started coming out and Twilight was everywhere. around the time that the films were being released, I was also growing up and unfortunately, I ended up losing interest in the series as a whole.
Synopsis: In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
All The Missing Girls is a psychological thriller that I recently finished reading. Although basically every single psychological thriller that I have read contains a late 20s/early 30s white female trying to run away from her past, All The Missing Girls managed to be creative with that stereotypical trope. I really enjoyed All The Missing Girls and it’s a great read for those who are looking for a new twist on psychological thrillers.
Synopsis: It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing. Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
I really really really badly want to read A Little Life. I have wanted to for so long now and it has patiently been waiting for me on my shelf. I think the number one reason why I haven’t picked it up yet is because of its size. I mean, the book is a tank. That and it also deals with some pretty heavy material.
Synopsis: When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
This book is creepy and weird as all hell and it definitely kept me up at night. One: because I really wanted to keep reading the story. Two: because it was creepy and weird as all hell.
Synopsis: Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth — musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies — the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
It makes me sad just thinking of this OTP. The final book in this series was such a let down for me, but I will always love my OTP, Nathan and Gabriel. Their romance didn’t really pick up until the second novel in the series, but it was worth the wait.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
I read We Are The Ants incredibly fast considering my average reading pace isn’t all that fast compared to other readers. I had an incredibly difficult time putting this book down. I read it basically a day and half…that day being Christmas eve. I don’t want to say I neglected my family at Christmas time, but oh man, my nose was in this book all day.
Snyopsis: There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t. Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year. What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind. The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.
Okay. So I’m almost done the first novel in the Falling Kingdoms series. Yes, that means that I have only read the first book in this series, but I can already tell that I’m going to read the other three that have already been released ASAP. I’ll probably end up pre-ordering the fifth and I’ll most likely check out the spin-off. I don’t really invest myself into long series very often, but I can tell this is going to be an exception.
Synopsis: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface. As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love. The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when ddall they know has collapsed? It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started reading Bruiser. I did no research and all I really knew about it was that those who had read it really loved it. It took an unexpected turn and became something completely different from what I thought it was going to be in the best way possible.
Synopsis: When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.
I mean, everyone and their dog talks about this series. I also kept hearing about it after the final novel was recently released. I should really get on it right?
Synopsis: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Deadly Class is my favourite comic series of all time. I already own the first three volumes and I have already pre-ordered the fourth, but I really want this pretty hardcover edition too!
Synopsis: It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.
I’ve had Jerkbait waiting to be read on my e-reader for a little while and I just haven’t had the time to get to it yet. It seems like a promising debut novel and I have heard nothing but amazing things!
Synopsis: Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other’s lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can’t escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie’s future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer. As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as “Jimmy2416.” Between keeping Robbie’s secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?
I already mentioned Shaun David Hutchinson’s other book, We Are The Ants, in an earlier category. After reading that novel, I automatically went out and picked up The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley as well as Violent Ends. He also has a new novel coming out early next year and you better believe I’ll be picking that up as well.
Synopsis: Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived. Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him. Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts. But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all. But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.
Ari & Dante is one of my favourite books, and while I’m still patiently waiting for the sequel, I’ll take any other book Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes in the meantime.
Synopsis: Multi-award winning author and poet Benjamin Alire Saenz’s gorgeous teen novel, set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn’t mean about who he is.
There you have it! The Pokémon Go tag is complete! I hope you all enjoyed my choices!