What is up book nerds, I’m back, and I’ve actually finished and submitted my dissertation! Can you believe?! So, that means I have some actual free time that I can use for thinking about things other that special educational needs and funding models and actually write something about books!
Today, I’m going with a tag that I’ve seen hovering around on some friends’ blogs and, since its themed around one of my favourite series (and one that has induced more stress and anxiety than any other), I think it’s time I did the Viper Book Tag! (Also, probably a review of Viper and Venom. Keep an eye out for one coming soon!) So, lets get on with it!
Marianne – A fierce female character
Since most of the books I read have strong female leads, this one is tricky, but I think I have to go with Essun from The Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemisin. She spends the whole trilogy fighting to survive in a postapocalyptic world, find her daughter, and not be killed for being an orogene. Pretty badass if you ask me.
Twelve Isles – A memorable setting
I loved The Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn when I read them as a teenager in secondary school, and the backdrop of feudal Japan is one thats stuck with me ever since. It’s one of the series that sparked my interest in Japan and made it a place I’d love to visit some day.
Pirates – A book set on the high seas
This one took me a while to decide on, because apparently I don’t read many things set on boats (except Viper and Venom). I think I’ve got to go with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. There’s a bit bit spent sailing around the Mediterranean and even some on gondolas in Venice, so I’m counting that as the high seas.
Grace – A kickass and supportive female character
Another one with plenty of options for me. I think I have to go with Violet Palmer from Malamander and Gargantis. She appears in a storm asking for help, befriends a mechanical mermonkey, and is generally just a really cool, feisty character that is exactly what she needs to be.
Torin – A reluctant royal
Here’s a pretty recent pick for me, Celestine from Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering. She could have been queen but doesn’t really want to be, but will do her duty if she needs to. Thats kind of the definition of reluctant to me and I sort of love her for it.
Bronn – A misunderstood character
(Quick note, I don’t really get misunderstood as a descriptor for characters. Yeah there are characters I like that are bad guys, but I don’t like them because I think they’re secretly good and just confused, I like them because they’re dicks. A murderer is still a murderer, even if they are a soft squishy marshmallow that likes romcoms and hot chocolate…)
I’m going very literal for this one and picking Zola from the new Adventures on Trains book, Kidnap on the California Comet. She’s picked out as being a ruthless person that could be involved in the kidnapping, but its all a misunderstanding because she’s actually a good guy. I won’t say anything more cause of actual spoilers, but I love her and I wish I was even 30% as cool as she is.
Romance – Star-crossed lovers
Nick & Charlie from Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper are my forever OTP. I will never not love them and think of them as the perfect couple, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. Seriously. I. Will. FIGHT. You.
And there we go, that’s my attempt at the Viper Book Tag. What do you think? What would you pick for each of these prompts? Let me in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll see you in the next post!