The Christmas Song Book Tag

I was nominated by Kira for the Christmas Song Book Tag.

Questions:

“Your’e a Mine One Mr. Grinch” (Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love)– It is hard for me to even think of one. It is hard to love any villain unless they redeem themselves.

“All I Want for Christmas is you” (what book you most hope to see under your Christmas tree)– Can books count? I really want to see the Harry Potter series under my tree- that is 7 books.

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learn to believe in themselves”)– I am thinking maybe Harry Potter

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

a) Which character do you think would on the top of the naughty list– So many characters could be on the top of this list- as in any of the villains.

b) Which character do you think should be on the top of the nice list? Boy, there are lots of characters that can be on the top of the nice list.

“Frosty the Snowman” (which book just melts your heart): What came to mind first belongs to the books of my childhood. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG were the first two books.

“Feliz Navidad” (choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own)– luckily I live in the US. Most of the books I read don’t take place there. So many locations, but what came to mind first was Ancient Greece- I did read the entire Iliad and Odyssey

“It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year” (which holiday themed book do you spread the Christmas joy)– A Christmas Carol, and that is my favorite Christmas book. The first book found in A Christmas Treasury is A Christmas Carol.

“Sleigh Ride” (which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest) – This is difficult. Actually, I believe I would love to spend Christmas with the Fairy Frogs. These are characters that I created- they are naturally gifted in the arts, compassionate and clever.

“Baby it’s Cold Outside (which book that you didn’t like that would you sacrifice to warm yourself up in the cold?)– I don’t think I even want to burn up a book. If I didn’t like it, I would rather give it away.

“Do you Hear what I Hear” (which book do you think everyone should read)– This can be a difficult question due to people’s interests. Some prefer fantasy, classics, nonfiction, etc…. So, I will list a book in more than one genre.

For standalone fantasy- I think either Uprooted or Spinning Silver

For a fantasy series- maybe Shades of Magic

Nonfiction- well, if you love coffee, Starbucks, or wanting to open up a business, I will choose Pour Your Heart Into It (that is all about how Starbucks got founded and eventually became successful.

Classic Lovers- Bleak House by Charles Dickens

A Darker Shade of Magic Review

Welcome to Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, with one mad king-George III. Then there is Red London, where life and magic are revered, and White London, a city slowly being drained through magical war, down to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…..but no one speaks of that now

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler-one of the last magicians who can travel between the worlds- acting as the ambassador and messenger between the Londons, in service of the Maresh empire. Unofficially, he’s a smuggler, which is a dangerous hobby for him to have- as proved when Kell stumbles into a setup with a forbidden token from Black London.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every corner. To save all the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

V.E. Schwab

My Review:

I was recommended this book by Park Road Books. A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book in a series. It is a fantasy novel. I loved this book a lot more than Anna Karenina. A Darker Shade of Magic is incredible. I started to love this book from the beginning. From the well-written characters to clothing to what characters look like to the differences between the Londons to the suspenseful and twisted plot.

You get to know the characters before the plot even begins. That means that the book is character-driven, which in my opinion is better than plot-driven books. Kell is a incredible protagonist as well as Lila (Delilah). Lila has a lot of layers. These two do make an incredible team. Kell has this incredible and beautiful coat. There are only two Antari that remains- Antaris have the power to travel between worlds The magic found in the book is crazy- it is shown completely different in each of the Londons these two visit. There is suspense found at every turn filled with plot twist that I never visited. In some ways, the forbidden stone reminds me of the horcruxes in Harry Potter and the ring in Lord of the Rings.

Kell and Lila are who you follow the most in this book. Then there is Holland (who also can travel between worlds), Rhy (Kell’s brother), and the much more darker characters: The Dane Twins for example. It is crazy how there are parallel Londons- that is part of the fun and part of why it is such an impressive book.

This is a quick read- especially if you are enjoying it.

I now want to own the rest of the books. I am curious what will happen to Kell and Lila.