So we’ve seen a few #Blogoween posts floating about on twitter, and have decided to do our best to take part! More info on Blogoween here.
To start off with, the lovely Lauren tagged us to have a go at the Halloween creatures tag, so here’s our take on it! This tag was created by Anthony at Keep Reading Forward.
It is finally October again and time for the Halloween Creatures book tag.
– Answer all prompts
– Answer honestly
– Tag 1-13 people
– Credit the creator
– Have fun!
and if you’re taking part as part of Blogoween, don’t forget to share your answers on Twitter with #Blogoween
A Magical Character or Book.
Becky: I’m on a bit of a Laini Taylor hype at the moment after just finishing Muse of Nightmares so I’m gonna have to go with Lauren on this one and pick Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I think the magic-lore in this trilogy is so unique and I love how it’s used both for dark means and in quirkier, fun ways!
Angharad: I’m going to have to go for Circe in (you guessed it, Circe) by Madeline Miller. Both in this book and in many books and art before it, Circe was known for turning some rapists or anybody that wronged her into animals. So, you know, Queen.
The Perfect Book to Read at Night
Becky: I’ve just read The Boneless Mercies so I’m going to pick that for this one. It’s a Beowulf retelling full of badass assassin ladies and the softest boy ever. It’s one of those books with world-building that makes you feel cold right to your bones and it’s perfect for reading on a long winter night.
Angharad: If you want to be thoroughly freaked out, I’d definitely recommend reading The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell at night, in the dark. You’ll thank me later.
A Book that Truly Shocked You.
Becky: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. I read an ARC of this over the summer and although I’d heard it was dark, it was much darker than I’d anticipated – I’d recommend it but definitely be aware if you do pick it up.
Angharad: For this I am going to pick a book that I just happened to finish. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood shocked me in how good it was and easy to read despite being quite an old book and a big one at that.
A Dark, Evil Character.
Becky: So I’ve been frantically looking through my books trying to find an evil character that I didn’t actually root for? Anyway, I’m going for the villain in Uprooted since I remember being actually scared by them and by the Wood in the book.
Angharad: One of my favourite genres is crime/psychological thrillers so I’ll definitely say all the murderers/rapists from these books definitely top the list on the evil scale.
A Character that Should Never Have Died.
Becky: Umm so I’m gonna have to go back to Laini Taylor books for this. The character who we find out is dead at the end (towards the end?) of DOSAB. That’s a fictional death I always sort of hoped wouldn’t be true.
Angharad: I feel like I’ve come a long way in life because my first thought wasn’t to write down a Harry Potter character. So I’m going to have to say Robb Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire. We don’t discuss it.
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.
Becky: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. If you read our blog often you’ll know I love this book, and it ignited my love of Russian mythology retellings. Plus, I’m still waiting for its companion novel which just seems to keep getting pushed back… I won’t give up hope though!
Angharad: I’d have to say The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho. Very underrated short story but I still think about it to this day and I’d be desperate for a full version of it.
A Character that You Would Protect at All Costs.
Becky: Marion, Val and Zoey in Sawkill Girls. Not that they really need much protection.
Angharad: I feel like all the characters I could pick for this question could protect themselves very well but I’m going to have to choose Jude from A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.
Becky: I think this’ll be a controversial answer but The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson definitely felt this way to me. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the right mindset to read high fantasy when I picked it up, but it did seem a bit soul-sucking.
Angharad: I’m going to follow in Becky’s footsteps by being controversial when I say Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. She is now one of my favourite authors but I read the first book in this trilogy and never wanted to read the rest. After hearing how it ends anyway, I’m glad I didn’t.
A Book that Still Haunts You.
Becky: This was a hard one and I think it’s meant to be haunted by how bad it was, but I’m going with one that haunts me because of how emotional it is (also, one I love) – The Book Thief.
Angharad: I agree with Becky. This book has definitely stayed with us both despite reading it so long ago, hence the blog name haha!
A Book that Really Scared You.
Becky: I wouldn’t say it full on terrified me, but Burial Rites by Hannah Kent certainly put me on edge and had me jumping at anything whilst I was reading it. Although it probably doesn’t help that it’s a murder mystery/thriller set in the middle of nowhere in Iceland and I read it, well, in the middle of nowhere in Iceland…
Angharad: Despite not loving this book, I recently read Everything About You by Heather Child. It definitely frightened me as this book takes place in a future that could well be ours in just a few years and technology can recreate people we’ve lost by using their saved data. Not necessarily a creepy book but it does still manage to scare you with its truths.
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.
Becky: This is apparently something I just won’t drop, but Mal from the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I’m literally just never going to get over how he treated Alina, how he abused their friendship and basically only wanted her if she was powerless.
Angharad: For this I’m going to say Girton from The Wounded Kingdom trilogy. I love this trilogy to death and I do love Girton most of the time but sometimes I just wanted to reach through the book and throttle him.
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.
Becky: My sprayed edge editions of Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares.
Angharad: Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Very ironic but it was the last book my grandmother bought me before she died. It’s all falling apart but I treasure it.
A Cover too Scary to Look At.
Becky: I don’t own any books with really scary covers! I’m actually gonna say the cover of Watership Down because in the film, the black rabbit of Inlé actually scared me so much when I was little that to this day I struggle to look at my copy of the book.
Angharad: I don’t own it but I saw the new Slender Man book in Waterstones the other day and the cover is veeery creepy.
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