The Way You Feel Book Tag (Recommendations)

Hello my Literary Lovelies! I saw this tag done as a BookTube video last week and thought that the questions were incredibly interesting. The more I thought about them, the more I wanted to answer them…So I decided to do that through this blog and let you all join me! The originator of the tag is linked down below, I hope you will visit both Liz and Sam’s channels.

And now, without further ado, I present to you….*fanfare…drumroll**

THE WAY YOU (MAKE ME) FEEL BOOK TAG:

1)      You’ve just spent the last 3 months reading nothing but hyped books. Burn out has set in. Try this unique book to cool you down…

I love to read children’s books with my daughter to break up the burn out and if I’m choosing one of those for this answer, I have to go with Shannon Thompson’s the Princess in Black series. So cute, fun, and unique. Like Zorro with a unicorn and frills.

However, if I’m going with a MG and up book, I’d probably have to choose The Young Wizards Series By Diane Duane.

2)      Work was a complete drag and you need to get lost in another world. Check this out…A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I am currently reading this and it sucks me into a world of wars and intrigue every time I open the book.

 

3)      Are you seeking a book with epic twists & turns? If you want to be shocked, look no further than… Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Seriously! I almost used this on both of the previous questions but this book series is full of double crosses, surprise friendships, random twists, and epicness. These are dark MG books that, at times, read like an adult fantasy in the best way possible. Read them. Read them all. Read them now. Just read them!

 

4)      Summer will be over before you know it and you need a nice cozy read. I love to read the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien in the fall. I don’t know what it is about them, but I feel as though those books are amazingly cozy for adventure fantasy books. I also like to read the classics around fall/winter times so Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) and Little Women (and also anything else) by Louisa May Alcott

 

5)      Your Booktube friends are so far away. You really need a great friendship book right about now. Here you goAnne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery is one of my all-time favorite friendship books. I also love MG/YA friendship reads like the Babysitter’s Club Books and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my answers to this tag! The original tag was created by Liz over at the blog Let’s Book About It and I snagged it off of the BookTube channel Sam’s Nonsense. You should definitely go check them both out. I will be posting the new ‘fall’ tag from Liz sometime soon as well because…FALL IS AWESOME AND BOOKS ARE AMAZING AND PUMPKINS MAKE ME HAPPY. *ahem* sorry about that, I got a bit excited. ;P

 

If you would like to let us know your responses or chat about any of mine, please feel free to leave a comment! Have a wonderful week and enjoy some words.

10 Reasons I didn’t Recommend: Shadow Hunter Edition

I am currently posting a series of videos on my BookTube channel (Elizabeth Tyree (Soul Stained Ink) in which I recommend books across age levels. As I was making lists and starting to film, I realized that there was one series that gets a LOT of hype but that I just really didn’t want to recommend people read. When I started really thinking on the whyfors of that decision, I found a few reasons behind it so…let’s count them down (shall we, yes we shall).

 

Top 10 Reasons why:

I didn’t recommend The Shadow Hunter books for fantasy and/or YA readers.

 

10) The world is not something incredibly new or exciting. Yes, Cassandra Clare did some interesting things with it. However, the idea of Nephilim, protectors, supernatural wars, and the mist that keeps mere mortals from understanding it all is a well-worn path. While that is not a turn off (and I actually like the books well enough) there isn’t enough of a different spin here to make it worth my effort to suggest.

 

9) The characters often flip their own personalities. They seem, in a few places, to be people who don’t know their own temperaments. Things that should be handled one way by a character, are most decidedly not. That is confusing, especially for new or slow readers.

 

8) Rampant Bullying. Think about this…There is a constant feel of bullying coming from the Nephilim, the vampires, the Fey. They all bully each other and seem to really LOVE bullying Clary and Simon as they come into the new knowledge of the Shadow Hunter world.

 

7) Unhealthy Relationships. Clary and Jase. Clary and Simon. Clary and the Lightfoots. Jase and the Lightfoots. Clary and her parental units. The List could go on and on. The relationships in this series are not typically good and/or healthy. They’re abusive, in multiple ways, and they’re often treated as inconsequential (except for the homo-sexual…who is bullied by himself. That was the only true feeling relationship I spotted).

 

6) Speaking of unhealthy relationships….EVERYTHING having to do with Jase and Clary’s forbidden love trope. Neither of them handles it well and, quite frankly, it’s a bit pathetic.

 

5) The evil being depicted is a fallen Nephilim. Yet another trope being trampled to death here. While he has a few decent lines, the use of him and his little minion boy falls quite flat for me.

 

4) The parental units or lack thereof. Seriously, the way they treat their parents and guardians and get treated in return is just ridiculous. To be fair, 75% or more of the books don’t even include parental type units.

 

3) The way magic handlers are, well, handled. Let’s see…Magnus Bane is flamboyant and insane and affects this personality but basically just makes it seem ok to do whatever want, to whoever you want, for whatever reason you can come up with. Consequences are a very real thing, no matter who you are or want to be!

 

2) Confusion, difficulty, and dismay…The books, especially the first two, are very difficult to get in to for many people. The storyline is convoluted and difficult to follow in places and it has discouraged many a reader. Though, to be fair, some people have found the struggle to help them move into the joy of reading. The writing style is hard to handle, drags, and often doesn’t provide the promised size of pay off.

 

1)     OVERHYPED this series is severely overhyped. It is everywhere you look. New series are being spawned left and right, following The Shadow Hunters all over the world and through the ages. People talk about this series A LOT. I don’t know that it deserves the amount of hype it gets. However, the fact remains that most people will have heard about Cassandra Clare and her Shadow Hunters. I wanted to recommend something people probably wouldn’t have already heard all about.