Welcome to the Four London Book Tag, a tag created by Arkon and Annie and inspired by VE Schwab’s amazing Shades of Magic Trilogy. I came across this on Twitter and once I read it, I knew this was one tag I just had to do.
I’m also finally picking up A Conjuring of Light today so this tag will be the most perfect accompaniment to that!
In terms of the tag itself, there are questions relating to the four Londons – grey, red, white and black. Also, if you find yourselves tagged in this at the end, the graphics are available for use but reference Arkon and Annie please! These graphics are amazing and it wouldn’t be fair if they were not acknowledged for their talent!
I’m really excited to do this one, so I’m going to start!
You know that the further you try to run away from somewhere, the more you return and fall into its trap. I’m trying to escape the clutches of YA Contemporary Romance yet whenever I want an easy read, I find myself wanting to pick up Anna and the French Kiss, or Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I blame the Paris setting because it reminds me of the things I loved and miss about living in France.
After reading The Hobbit and really disliking it for its dullness and writing that was all over the place, I decided against ever attempting The Lord of the Rings. It is a trilogy that I was hoping to read at some point but from my personal experiences with the Hobbit and on the advice of my best friend, I’m not even going to consider changing my mind.
I’ve other series on my shelves and in my book radar that I want to get around to reading, particularly within the next few months i.e.
The Black Magician’s Trilogy
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Rebel of the Sands (I need to pick up a copy of Traitor to the Throne now)
Queen of the Tearling
Oh, my perfect answer for this is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I have said before how much this book disappointed me, and one of those reasons was Cath herself. I liked her at first, she reminded me of me in my first year of university, but then I fell out of love with her and her attitude to everything around her. It didn’t help that the rest of the book was as dull as dishwater.
I should have ignored the hype surrounding this book, especially since I didn’t get along with any Rainbow Rowell’s books I’d read beforehand.
This is a really tough question as there are many books I feel blessed to have read. I don’t think I will be able to decide on just one, so I am going to pick the two books that first come to my mind and they are:
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
These are two YA Contemporaries with real issues at their core and that have two characters who want to take on the world and make it a better place. I need more books like this in my life and I can’t get enough of them at the moment.
For those people who read this blog often, you are probably going to sigh in exasperation at this answer.
Any new followers will soon understand that is my favourite book and I will talk about it a lot.
That book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I pick up something new every time I read this classic, whether that be the subtleties of Darcy’s growing intentions towards Elizabeth or Mary cruelly being cast aside by her parents, and it makes me love this story that much more.
A world that makes you feel love and fear is one that I could easily see living adjacent to the real world, and for me there is no other fictional world that could fit this apart from The Wizarding World. It is full of magic, culture, history, and whilst witches and wizards live in this world full-time, they often cross over into muggle society. And now all I can think of is Mr Weasley trying to get through the turnstiles at one of the Tube stations.
You see the love in the friendships made at Hogwarts and in the way they all band together when their lives are in danger. The love is what makes us cry for Hedwig, Dobby, Fred, Lupin, Sirius yet it reminds us of the prevailing fear and horror of living in a corrupt world with people like Voldemort and Delores Umbridge at its helm.
I am going in the complete opposite direction to many people when it comes to this series and that one in question is Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I’ve had a lot of problems getting into each book, despite liking them, but I seem to have broken that with Empire of Storms, the main reason being that I finally like Manon and how she relates to Celaena/Aelin’s story as a whole. It also probably helped that Chaol had disappeared because I don’t like him and his judgemental attitude.
I’ll repeat the question as I can only just see that in the header and it is..
A book/series that you would kill for.
I know it is currently incomplete, and will be for the next few years, but I’d go for The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. When I read The Song Rising a few months ago, it astounded me how much I continue to love this world and all the characters. Paige, Eliza, Nick, Warden… I can’t get enough of them and I’d do anything to get advanced copies of the next four books in the series.
The world is dying and I can only save one book?
That is one cruel world.
As I would need to get my Beauty and the Beast fix from time to time, I would end up saving Hunted by Meagan Spooner or even As Old As Time by Liz Braswell.
Hunted is up at the top as my favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling because it retains all the concept of the original story yet adds hints of Russian folklore to enhance the charm and magic of the world. Yeva is a Belle I’ve been after for years, and the Beast’s tortured soul is one that digs down deep into your subconscious, clinging onto every thought. That does continue to destroy me, but the prospect of losing this book forever would be worse.
No matter how many books and series fit this question, I would have to go with The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. One of my friends and housemates at university pushed The Mortal Instruments (minus City of Heavenly Fire as it hadn’t been released by that point) and The Infernal Devices my way and I devoured all of them within a week. I don’t know what it is about the world but once I’m in it, it takes quite a few hard tugs to release me from its grasp.
I will read anything that relates to Pride and Prejudice, but I draw the line at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I’m sorry but I cannot tolerate Austen’s wit and storytelling destroyed in such a violent and ridiculous fashion.
Dare I say VE Schwab.
Ever since I received Vicious as a birthday present a couple of years ago, I’ve been after every book of hers ever released. I don’t have to even see a summary of a new book to know that one day it will certainly take pride of place on my shelves.
There’s also Laini Taylor, for the exact same reasons.
And now that The Four London questions are finished, there are a couple of bonus questions!
What character/s from the Shades of Magic trilogy would you like to see have a spinoff?
If you could rule one of the four Londons, which one would you rule?
As I haven’t finished the trilogy yet, I don’t think I can answer those questions. However I am going to leave them there anyway for those lucky people tagged.
Of course I actually have no idea how many of you wonderful followers have read the complete Shades of Magic trilogy so I’m leaving it here for all of you!
Consider all of you tagged!
And that is that!
Thanks again to Arkon and Annie for creating an incredible tag. Once I’ve published this, I’m going to grab A Conjuring of Light from my bedside table, find my sunglasses and find a nice peaceful chair in the garden to sit and enjoy this huge book.
Thanks for reading and have a good day!