Friday, October 16, 2015

TAG: The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag

I'm a sucker for fairy tales, especially when it's a reimagination. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series to do this. Brittany from The Book Addict's Guide created this tag to celebrate the series, whose final volume Winter is coming out at the end of this year.

Gorgeous, isn't it? In honor of its publication, due 12 November 2015 (the week after my birthday), I decided to take on the questions in the tag.

Cinder - The Cyborg
A book that's often misunderstood or unappreciated

Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

This book about a food service crew on the last night that their restaurant really hit home for me. My first job was in food service and I commend people that work at a restaurant for any length of time. It is hard, not because of the tasks you have to complete alone, but because of the people that you have to deal with. It seems like a larger than average number of ignorant and stupid people antagonize the workers of such establishments because they think the workers are unintelligent, overpaid, etc. Wow, what a far reach from the truth!

O'Nan gets it right when he describes the feeling that the staff might have considering the situation they're in. They're all losing their jobs at the end of the shift. That they manage to care at all, much less during a snow storm!, is a miracle.

Apparently this book got a lot of praise on NPR, but I never hear it talked about. I think more people should read it so that it can get at least some praise from ordinary people instead of an organization for a change.

Kai - The Prince
A book about royals/royalty

Ellie and the Elven King by Helen A. Rosburg

I'm not usually a big fan of hyper romance novels, which this book does kind of trend towards. What I liked about this book, though, was its combination of illustrations and photographs that had a fantastical beauty to them that complemented the story. It's a nice, short illustrated story that takes you away for a little while.

Adri - The Evil Stepmother
A book with a horrible/cringe-worthy parent

Josephine Hurst from Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

The controlling grip that this woman has on her family, both before and during the course of this story, is insane. You don't even realize how crazy she is until the end of the story. The sort of dominance displayed by her is emotionally abusive, particularly toward her son. I think one of the scariest things about this sort of person, let alone parent, is the artificial face they put on that makes everyone else think that things are perfect.

Iko - The spunky sidekick
A book with your favorite happy-go-lucky character

Bob the Skull from The Dresden Files (first appears in Storm Front)

Bob is a spirit of intellect bound to serve the owner of his skull. He is addicted to romance novels and is at least as sarcastic as Harry is. His smart ass remarks and his help through many difficult situations makes me love him as Harry's sidekick, though I'm not sure he'd approve of the word sidekick.

Scarlet - The Rescuer
A book with a character on a mission

Kate Thompson from Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. I haven't finished it yet, but I did start it while I was in Barnes & Noble the other day. I was drawn in from the first chapter and I think that the journey that Kate is on for revenge and justice is something that has the great possibility to be epic.

Wolf - The Fighter
A book with a brutal fight (with words or fists)

The Lords of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Admittedly I'm only partly finished with this series, but there are several battles that take place within this series. Sometimes I can view them more from a strategist's position, but when you let yourself open your eyes, there are some rather brutal and tragic moments in combat.

Levana - The Villain
A book with the absolute worst villain

Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

What I find most evil about Umbridge is she is in a position where she is supposed to be supportive of her students. She is meant to help them and at first this is the face that she prevents. However, even as she continues to project the loving teacher, her evil seeps out and infects everyone she comes into contact with. She abuses her students, subtly and not so subtly threatens them. 

The scariest villains are the ones that don't look or act it when you first encounter them.

Throne - The Rascal
A book with the biggest schmoozer

Rhy from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Unlike a lot of characters that schmooze and try to impress everyone, Rhy is actually a likeable character. He's close to the main character, Kell, and he is open to "loving" anyone, though whether he has met The One yet is up for debate. I think he's having a good time and enjoying himself; can't fault him too much for that.

Cress - The Hacker
A book about technology, or sci-fi

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

This book changed the way people thought about robots. It established the 3 Laws of Robotics. It's a frightening thought that this is what our world could come to someday: a world dependent on robots and all they can do for us.

Erland - The Doctor
A book with an illness or revolving around medical issues

Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The blood fever that swept her world is what shaped the course of Adelina's future. This book is amazing in that our heroine becomes something of an anti-heroine because of what has been done to her by those that should have loved her, and the mysterious powers that the blood fever left her with.

Winter - The Unsound Mind
A book with the craziest character you've ever read

Sebastian/Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

This guy pushes all the wrong buttons. He kills children, corrupts Shadowhunters, and is eerily close to his sister. He is one big ball of bat crap craziness.

Jacin - The Solider
A book with a military theme

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabba Tahir

The writing sucks you in and the story makes you never want to leave. Elias is a solider about to commit treason. Laia wants to save her people and avenge her family. Excuse me while I go weep in the corner, waiting for the sequel.

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