I spotted the Pumpkin Spice Latte Book Tag over on Aoife @ Pretty Purple Polka Dots‘ blog and couldn’t resist giving it a go–it’s the perfect autumnal tag! (Although I have to admit I’m not actually the biggest fan of lattes, pumpkin or not…)
This tag was originally created by The Book Pusher:
Pumpkin Spice Latte
A book everyone likes to shit on but is delicious
I think I’m going to go with Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince, which probably seems ridiculous because this is hardly an underrated book, but I struggle with the negative reviews I see for this book that accuse it of being toxic or of encouraging romantic relationships that no person should aspire to have, because I feel like those readers have missed the point that it’s supposed to be toxic. The fae are traditionally unkind – the idea of faeries being cute and child-friendly is still a very new idea – and I love how dramatic and juicy this series is.
Plus, unlike other books out there that romanticise abusive behaviour, I do think Black is very clear that the relationship between Jude and Cardan is not one any of us should be aiming for.
Fall Autumn is my favourite season
A cliché you can’t get enough of
I am weak for the trope when one half of a couple is injured, wakes up in a hospital bed (or high fantasy/historical equivalent) and discovers their significant other sleeping in a chair beside their bed, or sleeping with their head resting on the bed. Bonus points if a third character arrives and mentions that the significant other hasn’t left the bedside the whole time.
I don’t care what genre it’s in and I don’t care how many times I see it, I live for it.
Sweater weather in the morning and t-shirt weather by the end of the day
A book you thought was one thing but was completely different by the end
I went into Chosen Ones hoping for a fairly quiet fantasy novel about the aftermath of being a chosen one, and the kind of trauma a chosen one has to experience in the public eye, and instead it turned into a much more action-packed story that didn’t really work for me.
Do you have a spooky book on your TBR?
I have quite a few! One that my dad recommended to me, and that I’ve been meaning to read for years, is The Magic Cottage by James Herbert. Unfortunately Herbert passed away several years ago, and he wasn’t very old, but he’s considered the UK equivalent of Stephen King by many horror fans.
A five star prediction
I’ve heard SO MANY good things about Jade City that if I don’t love it I’ll be very surprised and very disappointed. One of these days I really need to cross it off my TBR…
Sephora Sage + Crystal set
A book that means well but missed the mark by a landslide
Unfortunately I didn’t get along with Adult Virgins Anonymous and I think it’s actually a pretty depressing novel for a book that’s being marketed as a cute rom-com.