Hey, everyone! Soooooo, I haven’t been posting on here as much as when I first started this blog. A huge reason for that is because I’ve been primarily writing reviews and those take time. Time I don’t have as much of because I started a new, writing-intensive job that’s taken away from both reading and writing time.
To compensate for that and add more variety here, I’ve decided to start doing some book tags, and the first one I want to tackle is the ABC Book Challenge because it looks incredibly fun. I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I’ve seen Sofii @A Book. A Thought. doing this, and I love her style of it.
Here’s the challenge: Every week, I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)
This week is, you guessed it, the letter A! (Cue Sesame Street)
Favorite Titles That Start with “A”
And I Darken by Kiersten White took me by complete surprise, and I’m so happy that it did. I never thought I’d like the idea of Vlad the Impaler re-imagined as a young girl trying to fight the destiny of her gender and obtain power, but here I am! A zealous fan! White’s prose is cutting, unique, and powerful without being overblown, and she takes her time telling this story and delving into her characters, who they are, and why they believe what they believe and do the things they do. Definitely put this one on your radar if you haven’t already! (I say, still needing to read the sequels lol.) [Review]
Angelfall by Susan Ee is still one of my all-time favorites to ever favorite, and to this day, I’m still in awe of it. A smart, scrappy heroine determined to save her sister, forced to work with the enemy, an angel named Raffe who just had his wings ripped off by other angels? Where has this scenario been all my life, and why didn’t I think of it? (That’s because you’ve been focusing too hard on demons, Mel.) Hm. Right. Anyway, if you love biblical mythology (including the apocalypse), angel politics, snappy dialogue, forbidden romance, horror, and fascinating characters, I can’t recommend this one enough.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman was a complete trip, and I mean that in a very caring way. It’s not a novel I’d normally like, but somehow this one has stuck with me because it was just weird enough, and delightfully so, despite how dense it was. The commentary about old beliefs fading as new beliefs surge to the forefront, the interweaving of stories, the hope yet hopelessness of the characters, plus the homage Gaiman pays to it all, and that’s barely scratching the surface. Plus, there’s the whole “cat goddess’ vagina eating the main character” scene, and who doesn’t love that?
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh is maybe on here by pure accident. It’s Angelfall’s fault, really, getting me on an angel kick. But as far as romance books go, Angels’ Blood turned out to be fun, engaging, well-written, and deliciously problematic all in one. We’re talking the right amount of urban fantasy, the right amount of dangerous angel love interest, the right amount of the heroine being able to do her thing, and the right amount of sexy times. Besides, mortal/immortal relationships are a weakness for me, I admit. It’s part of why I haven’t moved on with this series because that’s where the intrigue is for me; an immortal loving something that can die is the height of #drama, and I don’t appreciate it being taken from me. But if you’re trying to find the decent stuff in adult paranormal romance, Angels’ Blood is a good start.
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy was just as heartfelt and magical (and hilarious) as I knew it would be. If you haven’t experienced the McElroy brand of humor–and some good, good DnD adventuring–then The Adventure Zone is a fantastic place to start. I’d actually recommend their whole podcast before jumping into the comic, which was spawned from said podcast. But if you do decide to pick it up, I’m sure you’ll be charmed with the illustrations by Carey Pietsch and our lovable dorks Magnus Burnsides, Merle Highchurch, and Taako (y’know, from TV?) all the same.
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener was actually a book that my roommate was interested in first. I bought it for her as a gift, she loved it, and then I decided to give it a go. What an unexpected, unmitigated joy! This book has everything: an alien romance, a practical protagonist, the body guard trope, the mistaken identity trope, an evil alien prince, and best of all: uncomfortable, inconvenient feelings. Yes, you get all the drama and very little of the typical teenage angst, because again, the main character, Delaney, is just so down to earth. I love her, and this book is such an under-appreciated gem in YA right now. [Review]
Books on My TBR List That Start with “A”
Sigh… In case you can’t tell, my TBR list is tragically, obnoxiously long–and growing more by the day. Will I ever make a dent in it?
I’m not going to talk about these because oh my God, even my eyes would glaze over. But these have long piqued my interest, and I’m hoping to get to them someday.
Which of my favorites have you read that you loved? Are there any on my TBR list you’d recommend become a priority for me, stat? Let me know!
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