Winter Tags

The 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

I found this tag on Lori’s Bookshelf Reads! The creator is Ashley from Falling Down The Book Hole. Please check out both their blogs, their writing is wonderful. This tag was such a cute and brilliant idea; perfect for the holiday season so I’m gonna give it a go today!


On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

Synopsis:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

New love? Shifting loyalties? Betrayal? This shit is my crack, I can’t ever get enough, GIVE ME MORE! Standalone fantasies tend to be hit or miss for me, but this book was absolutely amazing.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

“You were born on the longest night of the year.” His fingers again stroked down my back. Lower. “You were meant to be at my side from the very beginning”

Rhysand in A Court of Frost and Starlight

When I think of a power couple, I think of Feyre and Rhysand. Two of the strongest fae in Prythian, they are both incredibly powerful and independent on their own—but together they can “cleave the world in two.”

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: three french hens

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

Ah, we all saw this coming. I’ve read this series over and over, time and time again failing to get sick of it every-time I do. It’s got everything I need to live and breathe: fae, steam, and bloodshed.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds

Since series usually consist of four or more books: what is your favourite series?

Harry Potter has been with me my whole life. I loved reading the series and watching the characters grow up as I was too. The wizarding world is one I will never forget, and one I will always wish to be apart of.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings

One ring to rule them all! Who is your favourite villain/antagonist?

Synopsis:

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard’s assignment–find them and then…”retire” them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn’t want to be found!

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like… tears in rain. Time to die.”

Roy Batty’s final monologue in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick will always my favorite Sci-Fi text. Especially the main antagonist: Roy Batty, an android in post apocalyptic San Francisco rebelling against the extermination of his kind. I love him dearly, his final monologue before he dies (or “retires”) has me weeping myself to sleep every-time I read or hear it. He’s a machine, yet he is able to feel things, “somewhere in his digital head he has poetry, and knows what it is. He feels it!”(Rutger Hauer). Both in the movie and the book, I adored his character and let my emotions take over while indulging in either of the two. One can easily sympathize with Roy and the the reason behind his actions, making him one of my favorite “villains” of all time.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

Synopsis:

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Now, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick is actually my favorite world—I love cyberpunk—but because I just discussed that book, I will write about another world I love! Elfame is a classic fantasy world; incorporating fae, magic, and odd wildlife. I love it—on my bookstagram I’ve stated how if I were to live in any fae world, Elfame would be it. It’s crazy and untamed, the amount of fun one could have while living there is limitless!

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

Synopsis:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

I admit, I have a weakness for big cats; they’re kinda the best. A lionaire? Say no more, I love it, let me cuddle.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

Synopsis:

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free. 

Who doesn’t get hungry while reading this book? Every-time I open the cover of this book I have a snack with me wishing it was from Emoni’s delicious recipes. Alas, I am a horrible cook and could never accomplish something such as that, but I sure can imagine.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Synopsis:

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Aelin—or Celaena—is so badass. So badass. I love reading about her and her limitless confidence, wit, and snarky humor. Not to mention she can slice everyone into a million pieces and burn them to an ash in less than five minutes.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping

How about your favourite leading lad?

Synopsis:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

He’s actually pretty intelligent, but he acts so dumb sometimes. I wonder if he does it just to annoy me. The guy has a lot going for him. He’s courageous. He’s got a sense of humor.

Annabeth in The Demigod Files Interview

Percy Jackson is snarky, a natural leader, and has a wonderful sense of humor. For someone with a target on his back, he’s found to be incredibly laid-back and carefree. However, he’s not perfect. He’s short tempered, reckless, and never seems to keep his mouth shut. Even so, we love him.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence?

Synopsis:

After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.

Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street.

When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out…

Now, this book’s musical influence isn’t as “musical”as I’d like it to be. Even though one of the characters is a infamous pop-star, I never see enough of her music by itself. It’s definitely more focused on the romance, nonetheless music is involved and I quiet enjoyed the book!

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming

Drum roll please…What is your favourite read of this year?

I’m going to interpret this as my favorite read from books released in 2019. I have a couple favorites from this year, but a finale is always amazing. The end of the Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black was long awaited for, and it came to a very satisfying close. The end of the previous book The Wicked King, had everyone smashing walls and flipping tables; as for me, I just wanted to see Jude and Cardan clarify where they stand with eachother. I was rolling on the ground yelling “GOD JUST SAY ‘I LOVE YOU’ I’M ABOUT TO CRAWL OUT OF MY SKIN. I THOUGHT HE LOVED HER.” And oh my gosh, what happened in this book was so unexpected and ridiculous I was sitting there staring at the pages reading the same lines over and over. It was such a joy to read, and I highly recommend it!


So that’s it! I hope the tag was found enjoyable and to anyone who would like to take part in it, don’t forget to mention the creator and me! As always, I would love to read everyone’s thoughts and opinions!

Happy reading!

xoxo Byunzie

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