Thursday, October 1, 2015

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

I'm so excited to do the Harry Potter Spells Book Tag (created by Kimberly Faye Reads and BookNerd Betsy)! Thank you to Teresa Mary Rose at Readers Live A Thousand Lives for tagging me!  ~Mckenzie

An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now 

I've loved every single book in the Adventures of Finn MacCullen series, and I can't wait to have the final installment. 

Favorite Series Starter 

This is the first of many times I'm breaking the rules of picking one book in this post. I just couldn't pick between these two; they were incredible and both made me want to pick up the next books as soon as possible.

"'When the time comes, you will choose to come with me. 
You will choose death, Scarlett Blake. You will choose me.'"
(Death Wish)

"She absorbed the terror and beauty of him and his world. Of every moment over the past days, all 
of it, filling her up like the first breath she'd ever taken. And never had she loved life more."
(Under the Never Sky)

A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies 

This was one of my first YA reads, and Azalea and Mr. Bradford will always have a special warm and fuzzy place in my heart. 

"Azalea blushed. It was all right for the girls to interrogate normal gentlemen, 
but this was the one she wanted to keep." 

A book that made you ugly cry 

If I have to pick a favorite book of all time, this is it. This book, this beautiful book, destroyed me like no book ever did before. But I love it when a book can evoke that kind of emotion; that's what makes an amazing book to me. 

“And it's hard to hate someone once you understand them.” 

Bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life 

My top three favorite heroines of all-time: Celaena Sardothien, Katniss Everdeen, and Tris Prior. If I had these three for bodyguards, I would be one safe chick.

"My name is Celaena Sardothien, and I will not be afraid." 
(The Assassin's Blade)

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” 

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. 
It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” 

A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself 

I knew *something* was going to happen, and wondering whether or not it was going to happen to my favorite character was driving me crazy.

“Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend, kill me.” 

A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much 

Oh, Odd. There's such a special place in my heart for you, and I need everyone to love you as much as I do. This is one of my and my mom's favorites <3 

“I see dead people. But, then by God, I do something about it.” 

“We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be.” 

A book or series you wish never ended 

This was another one of my first YA books, and it's always stuck with me and been one of my favorite fantasy reads. I wish it would go on forever. 

“Careful, human ... Do not lose your heart to a faery prince. It never ends well.” 

A book with an uplifting ending or message 

This book has a very important, very real message. But it also has a very happy ending and shows that beautiful things in life can come out of even the darkest times.

“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart...”

A book you wish you could forget you ever read 

This book had a lot of promise and it really had the potential to be a great platform for setting a good example on body image, but it fell flat and I was disappointed. 

An author whose books always get you out of a slump 

I know this may seem like an odd pick since whenever I read this, I cry my face off. But for some reason, revisiting even just a couple chapters of this book always kicks me into major reading mode.

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” 

A swoon-worthy hero or heroine 

I have way too many to pick just one, so once again I'm breaking the rules and using two. One hero and one heroine: Raffe and Penryn. This unlikely duo battled their way through a post-apocalyptic world, fighting each other at every step while fighting for each other against all odds -- the only thing they couldn't fight? Their feelings for each other. Wait for it. *swoon* 

"He looks at me with deep anguish in his eyes. Like there’s so much he wants to tell me but feels it’s too late now. I want to stroke his face and tell him that it will be okay. That everything will be all right. And I wish so badly that it would be."

A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it 

Allow me to describe my feelings over this book in the language of Winchester: 

That about sums it up. 

“‘Celaena.’ She looked back at him, her red gown sweeping around her. His eyes shone as he flashed her a crooked grin. ‘I missed you this summer.’ She met his stare unflinchingly, returning the smile as she said, ‘I hate to admit it, Sam Cortland, but I missed your sorry ass, too.’” 

“‘And from today onward, I want to never be separated from you. Wherever you go, I go. Even if that means going to hell itself, wherever you are, that’s where I want to be. Forever.’” 

A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you 

My first thought was to use Stolen; but since I've already chosen that one, I'll use another one of my favorite heart-breaking reads instead. 

This is another book that broke me and put me back together all on its own. I adored every beautiful page. 

"I know at that moment what he's given me. And it's not a chair. It's an invitation, a welcome, the knowledge that I am accepted here. He hasn't given me a place to sit. He's given me a place to belong." 

JOSH. BENNETT. *melts* 

A book that had you laughing out loud 

The banter between Jace and Simon and between Will and Jem completely makes these books for me. I could read them over and over. 

"'Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, 
you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?' asked Jace.
'It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath.'
'As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome,' said Simon.
'I knew we should have left you a rat.'" 
(City of Bones

"'Ah,' said a voice from the doorway, 'having your annual 
'everyone thinks Will is a lunatic' meeting, are you?' 
'It’s biannual,' said Jem. 'And no, this is not that meeting.'" 
(Clockwork Angel)

A book that made you want to send it (or your e-reader) flying 

I adore this series with all my heart, but the second installment gave me major book grouchies for several reasons. 

(That being said, there were still a lot of scenes that I loved, especially this one:) 

"'They called you the Glue.' 
'The Glue?' 
'Yeah. Probably because you're kind of the glue that holds us all together.'"

Bookish world you wish you could visit 

Of course I have to include Harry Potter in this post; and although I could've used an HP book for every single one of these, this seemed like a perfect category considering I've dreamed of being accepted to Hogwarts since I picked up the first book at age 10. 

"'It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.'" 
(Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

A book with a shocking twist or ending 

Well, I can't really talk about the actual twist, but I can say I never saw it coming. Love this series, love Blue, love those raven boys.

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. 
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. 
Her raven boys.”

A character death that destroyed you 

I know I already used this one, but I think any book that made me hold it and cry for over three hours straight deserves more than one mention. 

"'So let's say our bloody goodbyes, and then you can promise to remember me from my good old days.'"

Best series conclusion 

It's rare that I can honestly say I was happy with one of my favorite series ending, but the way the Soul Screamers series came to a close was nearly exactly what I had in mind and I was at peace when I turned the last page -- well, mostly. If you don't count the heartbreak of saying goodbye to some of my favorite characters of all time.

"With everything I have and everything I am. With all my soul." 


"'I want you for all of you, each individual part, and the sum of them all. I want you for everything you are and everything you will ever be. I will never have enough of you, because there's no such thing.'" 

Okaaay, so clearly I had some trouble picking just one book for each category. But honestly? 

Thank you again to Teresa for tagging me! I had so much fun doing this. I tag my best friend/fellow book nerd (and Potterhead) Lidia, Christie at Author Christie Cote, and anyone who wants to do this :-) 

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  1. I'm just sitting here cracking up over that cat gif! With All My Soul was a wonderful book and it did wrap up Soul Screamers so well! And I would just die to go to HP world. It would be amazing :) And the Sea of Tranquility broke me as well!

    Loved all the books you picked! *huggles* Heart you big!

    1. Thank you, Ms. Magen! I just love that gif! Lol. That whole series was so incredible; I miss it. And yes, I want to go to Hogwarts! *huggles back* Heart YOU <3

  2. Okay so. There is a lot I want to comment on but I have to start with this.... YOU PICKED CELAENA. You have no idea how happy that makes me. I adore Celaena and she is probably my favorite heroine ever and I cannot wait for you to read more from this series. And The Assassins Blade is definitely addictive and you just can't put it down. I also totally agree with Easy. I want everyone to read that book because of its message. And Hogwarts of course. There is no other magical world that would be better. Gah. Okay I'll stop now. Love your picks!

    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Teresa! YES, I ADORE CELAENA, TOO! Lol. She's incredible! And The Assassin's Blade broke me, but it was so addictive and amazing. Easy is such an important book to me; it really does have an excellent message. And yes! I definitely wanna go to Hogwarts :( haha

      Thank you again for tagging me in this <3

  3. I loved Easy, Angelfall (but not the third...ugh, so disappointing!) and Soul Screamers! What a great tag!

    1. Easy and the Soul Screamers series are so amazing -- and I can't wait to finish the Penryn & the End of Days series, but I hate to hear the last book was a disappointment for you. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! ^-^

  4. Oh, Mckenzie, what an entertaining and funny post! Just AWESOME!!! I'm not familiar with some of the books you picked, but others I do have on my Goodreads TBR shelves.

    This is a GREAT book tag!! I don't do tags anymore, because I don't have the time, but this one is truly fabulous!! And you sure did a TERRIFIC job with it!! : )

    1. Aww, thank you SO much, Ms. Maria!! I'm so glad you liked it, and I definitely recommend the ones up there you haven't read yet ^-^ *big big hugs* <3

  5. Anonymous10/14/2015

    Your post has made my evening (and made me want to get lost in a good book tonight). Odd Thomas - love him. Cassandra Clare wit - gets me every time. Soul Screamers - I came across this series in a second-hand bookstore and read it non-stop for a week; I miss that week! Thanks for sharing, Mckenzie, and being such a prolific and inspirational reader. I hope my daughter grows up to be like you and I can read with her (right now, her favourite book is Tip Tip Dig Dig, which isn't really exciting me, but then she is only one, so she has time to change her tastes!). xxx

    1. Ms. Megan, you have made MY evening. Thank you so much for this lovely and super sweet comment! I'm thrilled to find we have so many books in common! I love that you read the SS series in a week; I pretty much did the same haha! Thank you so much for your encouraging words, and the fact that you hope your daughter grows up to be like me just made me tear up; I know she will grow into an avid reader and you two will be reading many more books together :-) Thank you again for stopping by *hugs* <3


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