Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Chocolate Book Tag

I'm truly, madly, deeply in love with books. And I love chocolate well enough to have mocha or cappuccino every morning, eat mostly chocolate cakes, and sneak in a mini chocolate bar or two or three (alright, alright. So, I really love chocolate). So hereby I present my take on combining two of the many things I love with all my heart. Many thanks to Sofia Li from Loving The Language of Literacy who has tagged me with this yummy tag -- and provided me with a great reason to procrastinate from both my fantasy WIP and my experimental Legend fic ;).

Disclaimer: all cover images taken from Goodreads (saved)

Dark Chocolate - A book which covers dark topic

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game is a tale of war and loss of innocence, of manipulation and painful realisation of one's strengths and weaknesses. Adults separating children from their families, breaking them over and over again, turning them into battle commanders in a war against another species. This book, and its child protagonist (he's not even yet a teenager) Ender Wiggin broke my heart into a lot of dark, bitter pieces.

White Chocolate - Your favourite light-hearted or humorous read

Various snippets from various books
There have been humorous, light-hearted chapters/scenes I absolutely loved and visited over and over just for good laugh, though -- I'm not a crazy, uptight, cranky old lady XD. But, yeah, I haven't read any fully 'light-hearted' book which I loved recently. I'll pass on this one.  

Milk Chocolate - A book with lots of hype that you're dying to read

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo
I kept seeing references of it popping on Twitter -- even some of my favourite authors are crazy about it! I looked up the synopsis yesterday, and the world/premise got me interested. The last book of the trilogy has just been released, so it could be a perfect timing for me to pick it up and start reading.

Chocolate With a Caramel Center - Name a book which made you all gooey inside while reading

Guardian by Alex London

So, alright, perhaps I should've spent more time worrying about Syd and the future of the world when I read this... but the bodyguard love interest, Liam, made it impossible for me not to feel all gooey! The combination of perpetually wet blue eyes, a metal hand, secret love and devotion to the person he's supposed to protect, and mad badass-ery made me swoon and sigh. Liam/Syd is probably one of my
favourite couples in the recent YA I read -- sweet, while still well-developed and realistic.

Wafer Free Kit Kat - Name a book that surprised you recently

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I must admit I always approach contemporary books with caution -- especially, when I hear the word 'romance' associated with them. I downloaded this upon my little recommendation circle's suggestion (looks at Commander LilaJune), and started reading as I waited for my turn at the optometrist's office. Against all odds, I was hooked. I finished this in less than two hours, and was impressed by the characters, the writing, and the gravity of the issues presented in this book. It wasn't pretentious, it wasn't cheesy -- just simply honest and refreshing.

Snickers - A book that you're going nuts about

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I've been keeping an eye out for any update on this since they announced it. And I'm even more giddy now that my amazing friend Tina has sent me a sample she grabbed at BookCon (I don't know how I'll ever repay you, Cousin. Really). Unlike almost all other YA fantasies I know of, The Young Elites is taking a daring approach and presenting main characters who are on the darker shade of grey. That, and the interesting world I've glimpsed through the sample pages, is getting me all nuts about it.

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows - What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

Champion by Marie Lu
Those of you who follow me on Twitter must've known by now that I worship June Iparis's sharp mind and strong heart. June's a lot of things I aspire to be; she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to let go of other things to get it, and she knows how to remain strong even when her heart's broken. Whenever I'm confused, or upset by any of my grown-up troubles, flipping through her chapters in Champion (she dual-narrates with her equal-footed counterpart Day) helps me putting things into perspective and gathering strength to devise my next strategy. If June can move on and be the amazing woman she is at the end of all of that, why can't I overcome my much lesser problems?  

Box of Chocolates - What series have you read that you feel has a little something for everyone?

Chasing The Valley by Skye Melki-Wegner

I must admit that I first picked it up because it is a MG/YA fantasy written by a female Australian author (a rarity in the YA section, even here in Australia) -- and because the main character, Danika, is the female version of the streetboy characters I have a soft spot for (she'll hold up just fine in a running/climbing/weapon-stealing match with Legend's Day Wing, The Ascendance Trilogy's Sage, and The Seven Realms' Han Allister). Once I actually started reading the first book, though, it became apparent to me that it was a crazy fusion of all kind of speculative fiction -- sci-fi, dystopia, high fantasy. Danika's world is a dystopia; a dictatorship led by a ruthless king who bombs his own cities and is super-keen to expand his dictatorship. Danika lost her family in a chemical bomb attack (an evil love child of sci-fi and high fantasy, essentially). In the story as told by the books, she's trying to run away to freedom at the valley, with a diverse crew featuring rich kids and street criminals (adventure). While I don't go through my days constantly thinking about the series (as I do some other books and series), I actually quite like it and appreciate the creativity behind the idea.

So, yeah, those are my chocolates... what are yours? ;)

1 comment:

  1. Wow-so many new books to add to my TBR! Chasing the Valley sounds right up my alley and Guardian sounds wicked interesting too (must order the book on Amazon) Definitely give Shadow and Bone a try--I just borrowed Ruined and Rising (3rd book) today and can't wait to read it :) Btw, have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? +Nathania Shuttleworth