Cinderella is not my favorite fairytale, but I always admire the message in this story. Some people think she is weak and spineless, but I think she has bravery in her own way. You have to be strong to hold on to kindness if people always try to put you down. And I don’t think it’s hard to understand why she suffered through her treatment; she just wanted to be loved.
Enough rambling, on to the tag!
A book with characters you hate.
This question can go both ways: I hate the main characters and the book or I just hate some characters. I could think of Harry Potter and then point out Umbridge, but in this case I go with Katherine Ewell – Dear Killer. I hated her clients (‘please kill off my husband, I love him, but I need the money’) and the unrealistic Killer who tries to act like she is a freaking Angel.
A book with a gentleman.
I thought long and hard about this question and I’m going with Dane from Stitching Snow by R.C Lewis. He has fallen in love with Essie, but she is not yet on the same level and he takes a step back to give her time. If that isn’t the perfect gentleman move (at the same time also something normal you would expect, but we have our fair share of assholes in stories), I don’t know what is.
A character that is graceful, kind and defiant.
I’m going with Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. She had the right amount of sass. She is clumsy, always messy and she always manage to get on the Dragon’s nerve. So she might not be graceful, but definitely kind and defiant.
A character that always has someone looking out for them.
I think Lucy from Not a drop to drink is a good example. Mindy McGinnis wrote a perfect Dystopian duology about a world where people fight for water. Lucy comes into the protection of Lynn and these two have such a strong bond at the end of the book.
Something that makes you happy when you’re sad.
I could go a different way and surprise you with something unexpected, but I think it’s save to say that Disney and fairytale retellings always manage to cheer me up. There is something magical about both of them and no matter how bad I feel, a Disney movie can brighten my day.
A book you didn’t care for.
I have a few books I read this year that I didn’t care for, but the first one I could think of is Emancipated by M.G Reyes. Instead of the promised mystery I got stuck with clichéd characters and too many switching POV’s with the same voice.
A character with a transformation.
Gia from The fill-in boyfriend showed a lot of development. She started out as a pretty shallow girl; desperate for likes on social media and attention from her friends. She was terrible to people who were ‘different’, so overall a bit of a mean girl. This all changes and suddenly she is aware of her horrible behaviour. I thought it was great how she slowly changes and becomes someone she can be proud of.
A book with an ending you didn’t see coming.
Elizabeth May – The falconer. One word: CRUEL. SO CRUEL.
Something that inspires you to be courageous.
I’m not going with something, but with someone and that is Amy from Say what you will. Cammie McGovern wrote such an inspiring story about a girl who has to deal with cerebral palsy. It opened my eyes.
A book with a perfect ending.
This book not only had the perfect ending for the story, but also for one of my all time favorite series. Robin LaFevers is a genius and Mortal Heart rocked. All the stories, from Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, finally came together in a mind-blowing conclusion and it was all I could have ever asked for.
Christina from Christina reads YA.
Debby from Snuggly Oranges.
If you are interested.