Today I am doing the Grishaverse Book Tag, which was originally created by Rebecca McPeake. You can find hers here.
1. Kaz Brekker: A book that you shouldn’t judge by the cover.
I can think of a lot of great books that don’t have good covers, but I guess I’ll go with The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I have the Penguin Classics version, and it has a very boring image for the front. The story, however, is very interesting, and The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books.
2. Nina Zenik: A book that made you feel empowered.
I’m not sure a book has ever made me feel empowered. I guess The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson did to some extent because the protagonist is a young female who is very strong and manages to do things that the traditional patriarchy would never allow a woman to do.
3. Inej Ghafa: A book with a good balance of character and plot.
I’m going to say Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson for this one. I know I’ve read other well-balanced books, but Sanderson is really good at crafting a strong plot and filling his story with compelling characters.
4. Alina Starkov: A unique book, one that is unlike anything you’ve ever read.
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino is the strangest book I’ve ever read. I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s like part poetry, part story, and part dream. I love it, but I don’t really understand how it works or what exactly the point of it is. It’s just a very interesting take on storytelling.
5. Mal Oretzev: A book that always sticks with you.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you can probably guess what I’m going to say: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. There’s a reason I’ve read this book seven times. As a result, it’s not one I’m going to forget anytime soon. I even have a shrine for the series and sequel series in my living room.
6. The Darkling: A book with a dark plot/storyline.
The Shadow of the Wind or really anything by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is dark. There’s some very messed up stuff in that book, but I love it anyway.
7. Jesper Fahey: A book that people always seem to leave out.
This one is tough. I guess I’ll go with The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It’s the first book in a famous fantasy series that even got a Netflix adaptation, and yet I never hear anyone talk about it. I don’t even talk about it that much.
8. Wylan Van Eck: A book that wasn’t what it seemed at first.
For this one, I’m going to say To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. It’s supposed to be a time travel story, but it reads more like a historical romance novel. I think it was trying to be both genres, but the time travel element kind of got lost. I can say the same thing about Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
9. Matthias Helvar: A book that was bad at first but turned out good.
Two of the longest books I’ve ever read started out very slow, but ended up being two of my favorite books and those are The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
10. Nikolai Lantsov: A witty book.
I feel like I don’t read funny or witty books. I know one of my favorite characters in Fablehaven makes me laugh a lot with his witty comments. Otherwise, I think of Nina Zenik’s witty quips to Matthias in Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and the Shadow and Bone Netflix series.
Those are my responses to the Grishaverse Book Tag. If you do this tag yourself, please share if you want. I’d love to see what books you pick. Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? Let me know in the comments down below.