I don't do a lot of book tags (even though they are fun!) but obviously, I couldn't pass up doing the Throne of Glass one created by my friends Alexa & Hannah. The categories were cleverly picked out and I'm very happy with my answers!
Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved
Whoever decided to change the cover for Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - I applaud you! The original one with the model wearing a white flowy dress wasn't at all indicative of what the whole series was about. I was so happy when the decided to change it. Although, I'm still hoping they'll release a hardcover version.
Abraxos | A book that's better on the inside than it looks on the outside
I'm not a fan of book covers with people on them because I prefer to use my imagination. And that is exactly the case with Rule by Jay Crownover (and the rest of the Marked Men series for that matter). The series may not be much to look at but I love these books and Rule is my favorite!
Erilea | A series with great world-building
Leigh Bardugo is an expert at world-building. She created a detailed, fantastical world with The Grisha Trilogy (my personal fave) and then expanded it to include Six of Crows, which is both familiar plus fresh and exciting. I am in constant awe of her.
Rifthold | A book that combines genres
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is a hard book to pin down genre-wise. It's a mix of dystopian and sci-fi and with a hint of fantasy all in one. She absolutely makes it work though and I was immersed in her story from start to finish.
Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend
I finally read Juliet Marillier books this past year and they didn't disappoint. I loved how the author incorporated the fairytale The Six Swans into her book Daughter of the Forest while adding her own twist to it.
Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist
If you're a fan of the Legend series by Marie Lu like I am, then you'll understand why I yelled "Nooooo!" at the end of Prodigy. I had no idea how it would all play out and Champion's ending threw me for a loop.
Assassin’s Keep | A book with an unreliable narrator
Sam McAllister from Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone is a teenage girl with purely-obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts. It makes her unreliable because almost everything she witnesses is clouded by her own worries and perceptions.
Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got SQUAD GOALS
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken because let's be honest, who wouldn't want to be a part of the Black Betty crew? (This makes me want to re-read the series. I miss Ruby, Liam, Zu and Chubs!)
Terrasen | A book that feels like home
Given that I own 18 copies of this book, it should be no surprise that my answer is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Re-reading all the books this past year made me fall in love with Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe and all their friends all over again.
Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you
Something about How to Love by Katie Cotugno just crushes me. Everything from the friendship to the romance and the main character's journey into accelerated adulthood. It's beautiful and heartbreaking.
Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you
I read a Haruki Murakami book for the first time this year, which was Norweigan Wood, and I was definitely intimidated. It's hard not to when he's considered one of the "world's greatest living novelists". I really wanted to enjoy his work and I'm happy I did.
Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon
Daemon Black is always brings the swoon factor but it was at an all-time high in Origin, the fourth book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently
In Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, everything about the characters past and present lives is so different from anything I've ever experienced. Reading their story means keeping an open mind and being willing to see things through their eyes.
Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift
Alexa gave me Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and I loved it! I quickly finished the series soon after and I've been a fan of Jodi Meadows ever since.
Eye of Elena | A book you found right when you needed it
Everything about Just One Day by Gayle Forman spoke to me and it was exactly what I needed to read at the time, even if I didn't know it. It's hard not be swept in and inspired by Allyson's story. It's a book that stayed with me long after reading it.