Friday, February 12, 2016

HAMILTON booktag

Umm, so basically, like just about everyone else in the world right now, I'm obsessed with Hamilton. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard about it, it is a hip-hop Broadway musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. It's one of the most amazing things to ever exist in the world, and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is one of my favorite people ever, and the creator of another popular show, In The Heights. When I saw that Krystianna did this tag over on her wonderful blog, Downright Dystopian, I knew that I had to do this one as well! So thank you Krystianna for the tag and also for the images of the song titles, which I am borrowing here! Here is the link to the OP of this tag.  Here we go!

I would love to be a Shadowhunter. Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series were some of the first books that I read that really got me into the online book community. They remain some of my favorites, and I love the idea that, in this world, the fantastic is just right under everyone's noses. I would want to be a Shadowhunter for sure, but just seeing vampires and werewolves and seelies and warlocks would be incredible for me. Or, taking it even further, going back to Victorian London and being a Shadowhunter there would be just as amazing.

Louis Lane from Gwenda Bond's incredible series! I read the first book over the summer, and the second one is supposed to be coming out later this year. I don't hear nearly enough praise for this book, because I think that it is wonderful, and Lois is an incredible character. She's a precocious loudmouth who can't keep her nose where it belongs, which is useful, because it gets her into all kinds of scrapes that are both exciting and rather funny. I love the idea that Lois Lane has always been incredible, and she doesn't need Clark Kent to make her so. Love this book, can't wait for the next one.

Of course, I'm going with Delilah Bard from The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. The second novel is out next week (!!!!) so there's still time to hop on this incredible bangwagon. Lila a swashbuckling fiend who dreams of getting out of the gray doldrums of London, where she is trapped in a man's world. When she runs across Kell, a magical traveler, she sees it as her opportunity to become something more than the hand she's been dealt, and follows him into the unknown, hoping for adventure and, just maybe, a ship to fuel her escape into the unknown.

What else can I choose but the relationship in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth??? No spoilers here, if you haven't already had your heart ripped mercilessly out of your chest, but this is one of the saddest endings to a book or series that I have ever run across. I think I cried just as much the first time I read TFIOS as I did when I finished Allegiant, and that is saying something, for sure. I swear, this was the most unnecessary plot twist in the entire world, and I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that it actually happened.

Besides King George himself, who I would pick if I could, I am going to go with basically everyone from Vicious by V.E. Schwab (her second appearance on this list, woohoo) There is a lot of gray area over who is evil and who is not, and I'm not sure there is ever even a clear answer about who we are supposed to root for, but the one thing that I do know is that everyone in this book has their sassy moments, for sure.

I thought that I saw the plot twist coming in the end of Crown of Midnight, the second book in Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series, but it turns out I was MISTAKEN. It took me totally by surprised, the direction that Mass took the character of Celaena, and she continued with that amazing arc through the third and fourth books. Queen of Shadows had about 15 plot twists that I totally didn't see coming, and I loved every single second of it. From the reveal moment in the second book, these books have not taken their foot off the gas.

When the fourth book came out last summer, I marathoned all of The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer. I think that these lend themselves really well to marathoning. They are middle grade, which makes them super quick and fun reads, and the world is so fun to slip into, you won't realize that you've read through two books before you reach for the third one. I would definitely recommend this series to fairy tale and MG fantasy lovers. The characters and the plot events are just wildly entertaining.

I am a huge fan of multiple POVs. I absolutely love reading from many different character's perspectives, especially if it is done right. The most recent book that I loved with multiple POVs was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. There are six main characters in this novel, and all of them have such a distinct voice. Bardugo manages to juggle them expertly, giving them all screen time without detracting from the depth of their characters. Love love love this novel, so sad that it is only going to be a duet.

Um, duh. 

(This is spoilery, obviously)

Basically, the end of The Book Thief destroyed me, and I wish that I could go in there and make the bomb not fall, saving everyone close to Liesel, but especially Rudy. I swear to God, when Rudy died, I wanted to rip out my own hair and just cry forever, which I basically did. This book is so beautiful and heartbreaking, especially in the end, and I love it for that and also in spite of it.

If you love Hamilton and want to do this tag, please do and comment a link to your post!! I would love to see what you guys come up with! 



  1. I'm so glad to see you did this tag too! I'm so obsessed with Hamilton. I'm still constantly listening to the music. Matter of fact, I'm listening to it now while visiting some of the blogs that I follow! :D

    I'm glad to see you loved Six of Crows. I want to check out so badly and I really enjoy books with multiple POVs when it's done rather nicely! Sometimes, too many POVs can lead me to having no clue who I'm following around in the book every chapter.

    I was totally blown away with that twist in Crown of Midnight too! I just read it a few weeks ago and loved it so much. I'm currently reading Heir of Fire and it's pretty good so far. I'm only about 3 chapters in, but I can't help but love it because I love Caelena.

    I read Divergent and Insurgent, but I never read Allegiant because I got spoiled right after the book came out. I'm hoping to read it soon for part one of the movie anyway. It was definitely a huge heartbreak! Downright Dystopian

    1. Ahh thank you for introducing it to me, Krystianna!! I wasn't aware it existed before seeing your post :) You should definitely check out Six of Crows, I think it does one of the best jobs of juggling multiple POVs that I've seen. The start of Heir of Fire is a little slow, but the end and Queen of Shadows are just all action. Definitely hope you love the end of that series. UGH I would've hated to have been spoiled for Allegiant, but at the same time, at least now you know what to expect!
      thanks, as always, for stopping by :)

  2. I'd also love to be part of the Shadowhunter world, although maybe not as a Shadowhunter. I feel as though I might be a Warlock or another type of downworlder that doesn't have to fight to much because I'd be useless at it!

    I really want to read A Darker Shade of Magic and Six of Crows and I'm glad you like them! They sound like they're just up my street and everyone seems to be giving them a lot of praise.

    This is my Hamilton Book Tag xx

    1. I think being a warlock would be really cool, but I don't think I'd like the immortality aspect of it! You should definitely read ADSOM and Six of Crows, they are both action-packed fantasy worlds that I love living in :) thanks for your comment, definitely heading over to your tag now!


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