Friday the 13th in December is the BEST excuse to do a Nightmare Before Christmas book tag! I honestly don’t even need an excuse, because The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite Halloween/Christmas movies (it’s both, okay??) – and I would just do it regardless!
Enough of that preamble – let’s get to the questions! I found this tag at Erica Robyn Reads.
Maybe because I’m currently reading it, or simply because it fits perfectly, I choose Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Lazlo Strange‘s dream is to see the Unseen City, but he knows it’s an impossible dream that he’ll never get to fulfill. But lo and behold, his dream actually becomes reality! Lesson: never stop believing in your dreams! Never settle for less than you are if you dream to be more!
Personally, I don’t like books that don’t have that happily ever after vibe. I mean, I’ll read them, but I like to feel warm and fuzzy at the end of a story, not sad and frustrated. So there’s a lot of good candidates for this question, BUT the one that came to my mind immediately was Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After! See? It’s even in the title, so it’s not spoilery either. 😜 It was a feel-good story about young love and the tenderness of relationships that I hope every single one of you gets to experience at one point in your lives!
My first thought was Silas from Sorcery of Thorns. Even though he’s Nathaniel’s demon servant and he tries to blanket all feeling, he still cares very deeply for his master. He’s really just a squishy cinnamon roll and I haven’t met a soul yet who didn’t root for this guy through the entire book.
Can we all just agree that Voldemort from the Harry Potter series is super wicked because he indirectly caused the death of some of my favorite characters in the series, and incidentally caused much grief and sorrow in my heart to have to read about their friends and family dealing with their said deaths? I’m still not over Fred and Dobby and poor, innocent Hedwig. 😥
Abandoned theme parks are totally creepy, so the award for this one goes to Inferno Park by J. L. Bryan. Really loved the idea of a story taking place in an abandoned rollercoaster park!
The last book I read that gave me the warm, fuzzy feeling in my belly was Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson. It was about a girl who fell in love with a boy on the autism spectrum, and I just loved it oh so much. They. Were. Perfect. I’ve been waiting for a sequel but I’m pretty convinced it’s never going to happen…
The biggest surprise of 2019 for me was House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig! I requested it on Metgalley on a whim (because the cover was pretty and it was a retelling) and even though I didn’t really know the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses too well, I was blown away by how much the story creeped me out and intrigued me at the same time! It was so well done, and I can’t wait to read more by this author in the future!