The Summer Reader Book Tag

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In order to celebrate the summer that has just passed I want to make a seasonal book tag. I think that this is perfect for this time of year to do as the colder months are aproaching and I for one like to sometimes bring back the summery, beach feeling through books. So let’s get started!

Original Tag Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amerE…

–The Questions–

Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better.

For this prompt I am going to choose An Uneasy Alliance by Kyra Radcliff. At the very beginning of this book, I was very intrigued. After the first chapter, I started to feel very disappointed, the start was bitter, but oh my God the ending! The ending made the book so worth reading! The story picked up in the middle of the book, and the finale of the book was just sweet. Overall it was a good, solid read, even though the beginning wasn’t the best.

Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.

I do not have enough words to express how much this book meant to me and how much it made me smile. Love, Autumn by Nikki Bloom is one of my favourite books I read this year. I couldn’t stop smiling for most of the book. It is a wonderfully written second chance romance. For more information on what I liked about this book and the synopsis, check out my review.

Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country.

Most books I read are set in a foreign country, so I could pick almost any book I have read, but I am going to go with Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. The book takes place in Teheran, and it follows the autobiography from the perspective of a child. The author has a great sense of humour, and even though the plot is not presented in your classic format, being a graphic novel. It was full of depth and passion, and it opened my eyes to a culture and lifestyle I was oblivious to.

Tree Shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced.

In my opinion, Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa is full of mysterious and shady characters. A very mysterious character and lovable character is the Bargainer or Dez. The whole story is full of mystery, and as it is a fantasy, the book has a very magical atmosphere to it. The insane lion man, whose name I forgot, was shady and made the plot slightly confusing. It was a fascinating book, especially if you are looking for a book that has the full pack: romance, action, mystery and magic.

Beach Sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.

For this prompt, I have decided to go with the novella Wanted by the Alpha by Laxmi Hariharan and Scarlette Brooke. It was by far the least plot developed book. I was disappointed, however, considering it is dystopian, I would like to give a try to the first book in the series. I personally don’t think this novella was long enough to develop any plot or relationship. It introduced some of the main characters and their backstories. Overall it could be a decent, slow introduction to a bigger story, but on its own, it wasn’t enough.

Green Grass: pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.

A character full of life is, in my opinion, Greylin from Rekindled Prophecy by KC Freeman and, from the same book, one that is making me smile is Kael. I am cheating a bit by choosing this book as I am currently reading it, and I can only say I am enjoying the story, and I will post a review of this book soon. You will be able to find more information about the book and my opinion of it in that post.

Watermelon: pick a book that had some juicy secrets.

Who keeps secrets better than the mafia? The plot of this mafia romance is constructed on secrets. A secret child, keeping the secret of not killing someone are just some examples of juicy secrets one could find more of by reading this book. This book didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but it wasn’t by any means a bad book.

Sun Hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.

The Ice Planet Barbarians Series by Ruby Dixon has a big, vast universe. The story follows the romance stories of a group of girls that were abducted by aliens. Due to some malfunctions, they were abandoned on an ice planet. The diversity of personalities in this book is impressive, and this series became one of my dirty, guilty pleasures. They are addicting!

BBQ: pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk.

I was surprised by this book. The main character Halvor is depicted as a hunk, a dominant, attractive man. Halvor is a Norseman, a Viking who abducted Duna in one of his trips. I am not one to judge how accurate was the historical part of this book, but I highly enjoyed it. I found Halvor to be a complex character I fell in love with by the end of the story.

Summer Fun: pass the tag on.

Even though summer is gone, this is still a fun tag one could use to reflect on their summer reading. I have included books I have read during the year, not only during summer. If you would like to make this tag, consider yourself tagged. I do hope you enjoyed this post!

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