A few weeks ago, I saw some of my favourite Twitter people chattering away about the Taylor Swift book tag. Naturally, I had to look it up and participate! I’ve based my answers on the questions found over @ Books and Cleverness, and am tagging the ladies over at The Bevy Bibliotheque, Aimee @ Penmanship Smitten, Meghan @ Coffee and Wizards, Tara O and Anna @ Nerdy Alerty.
Warning: Spoilers are present in this post!
1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
(pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with)
Delirium was one of my favourite novels of 2011, and Pandemonium was so compelling that I stayed up super late to finish it the day I got an ARC. But Requiem was a strange and ultimately unsatisfying conclusion to the series, enough so that part of me wishes Delirium had been a stand-alone novel.
Her new summer job comes with baggage…
Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings – Spencer, Lola, and Marlene.
When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson. (Goodreads)
This was the first Maureen Johnson book I ever read, on Aimee’s recommendation, and I loved it. Scarlett was a fun and flawed heroine, the kind of character I could easily see myself in, and understand beyond the page.
Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.
Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined. (Goodreads)
2007!Angel was obsessed with the Wicked Lovely series, and 2009 brought the third installment, which ended up being my favourite of the five books. I adored Seth and Aislinn’s developing relationship, and this book will always remind me of both my university days, and that time I was so passionate about my love for this book on Twitter that Melissa Marr herself gifted me a signed copy.
4. Love Story (pick a book with forbidden love)
Akiva and Karou’s forbidden love spans lifetimes and battlefields. Laini Taylor’s melodic writing style gives their story weight as it’s set against the bigger conflict between angels and chimaera.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life. (Goodreads)
The story goes like this: I was totally an Adam girl. Always have gone for the “good” guy, and couldn’t understand how Warner could be anything more than the villain. Then Unravel Me happened, and Warner grew into his own as a character, and I finally felt like the real story had begun.
6. Innocent (pick a book that someone ruined the ending for)
HA no one has ruined an ending for me because I choose when I want to get spoiled!
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do. (Goodreads)
Elisa’s growth over the three Fire and Thorns books was simply glorious. Her fears and lack of confidence were realistic, especially faced with the very real danger of death, but it was incredible seeing her become an assured and benevolent ruler.
Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.
But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor, Severin will never return. (Goodreads)
Catherynne Valente’s Deathless is one of my favourite books of all-time (I’m talking top five), and when I learned that she had a new novel coming out in 2015, I could have broken the space-time continuum with how fast I added it to my Goodreads TBR.
9. Forever and Always (pick your favorite book couple)
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? (Goodreads)
The first time I saw this book in early 2011, I thought it was just another romance. Then the reviews started pouring in, friends began to rave about it, and I decided that it would be the first thing I’d read after finals. Four years later, Anna and the French Kiss has become one of my favourite contemporary YA romances, and a book I genuinely feel happy to see on my shelf.