^ No, that was not me slamming my head against the keyboard multiple times, though that’s a close guess! This is obviously the sound of the amazing new Wonder Woman theme!
I’m such a fake fan– honestly, I haven’t even read the comics. FIGHT ME.**
I was tagged by the sweetie pie Emma @ Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl, whose blog is always such a delight to read, and who you should definitely check out because she, like Wonder Woman, is also THE BEST.
**Actually, don’t because my arms have all the strength of two limp spaghetti noodles
This tag is in honor of Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman novel which is coming out SUPER SOON. I’ve heard nothing but praise for her latest installment, so I just KNOW that this will live up to the hype.
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
1. Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character.
Oh, god. I suck at choosing favorites. If you ask me my favorite anything, I’d probably reply with a list of ten hundred different things, in no particular order.
Sooo, I’d have to say one of my favorites is Inej Ghafa from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows! She is such a pure, beautiful, and delicate soul but can still brutally murder you using an assortment of various shiny, sharp objects.
I would be so down to read an entire 10-book series dedicated to just her and Kaz sailing around the seas, beating up slave owners.
2. Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to.
Part of me really really wants to immediately go for Hogwarts because… you know, it’s Hogwarts.
But I thought about it for a moment, and let’s be real, ELYSIUM is the place to go. It’s like paradise, basically. And the idea of “paradise” in itself is very subjective. (One person might love cheese and so their idea of paradise would be rolling around in football fields full of mozzarella sticks. I, on the other hand, would rather chew my own hand off than take a bite out of that GROSS DISGUSTING WHITE jiggly substance people somehow call food.*)
Sooo, for me, paradise = no tears + no stress + all the boba in the world + being able to TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO ANY BOOK SETTING YOU WANT.
ALL OF THEM. EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE.**
*I know I’m such a cheese hater please don’t hurt me
**and don’t tell me “HANNAH!! but… that’s not how Elysium works!!! Have you even read PJ??” because first of all, HOW DARE and second of all, stop shattering my dreams
3. London: A hyped book that let you down.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. (You can read my rantish review here!!) I was expecting lots of great action and it didn’t really deliver, #sorry not sorry. Also Mariko, that punky little poophole, was so aggravating to read about.
4. Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story.
And I Darken by Kiersten White!! I!! Love!! This!! Series!!! Read!! It!! Now!!
This was HANDS-DOWN the prettiest book cover of 2016, and the insides are just as pretty as the outside!! Actually, it’s not as much a “pretty” book as a bloody, twisty, morally gray one filled with assassination attempts and sibling-to-sibling angst, buuuut you get the point!!
Put succinctly, it’s a gender-swapped retelling of Vlad the Impaler, though there’s surprisingly not that much impaling involved– not yet, anyways.
PLUS it features one of my fave pair of siblings in the entire world. Lada is such a cute, vicious little monster, and Radu is just cute.
5. Lasso of Truth: A book you hated.
ACID by Emma Pass.
I wish I could’ve thrown acid on this book, I hated it so much. Talk about a waste of twenty dollars.
Never heard of this?
GOOD. Let’s keep it that way.
6. Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And I don’t think a shield cuts it for this one. Even Wonder Woman’s shield isn’t enough to stop the waves of devastation that this book will wreak upon your poor, soft gentle heart.
Literally. It will cut your soul into tiny little pieces.
(SIDE RAMBLE: I think part of the reason I’m still so emotionally unstable about this book– more so than usual, I mean– is because I read it while on my period. Physically, I usually feel perfectly fine, since l don’t get too much of those awful cramps or muscle pains, but emotionally, I AM A NUTCASE. I somehow always end up crying on my bed at three in the morning, surrounded by bags of potato chips.)
7. Ares: A villain that is scary but you can’t seem to hate.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING RESPONSE CONTAINS SPOILERS TO THE GRISHA TRILOGY AND THE RED QUEEN SERIES!
Would it be cliche if I said the Darkling? And would you guys all come after me with pitchforks if I said Maven? To be honest, I don’t find him scary at all– more like lonely and sad and terrified of losing everything and also a little bit crazy in the head.
I KNOW. Hannah, what are you thinking?? You once claimed to hate a character just because she bragged too much about math!! And now you’re fine with a lying, manipulating piece of psychopath??
(YES HE’S PROBABLY INSANE and obviously I don’t condone his actions but I just can’t help it, he’s still such a lost and vulnerable little child in my eyes)
8. The Amazons: A book that you wish had more / better LGBT+ representation.
Hmmm. Because I’m all about that love and positivity**, I’ll talk about a super heartwarming book with AMAZING rep instead: Exit, Pursued by a Bear!
Not only is the cover totally tumblr-worthy– just look at that font and that pretty gradient sky– the book itself is beautiful, too.
At its core, it’s a story about friendship and recovery, and it deals with difficult/sensitive topics in such a respectful and empowering way. Polly is truly one of the best best friends I’ve read about in contemporary YA.
**Flashback to that one time I wrote about all the movies I hated. Obviously this all just reinforces the fact that I am a kind and loving soul
I tag: EVERYONE WHO LOVES GAL GADOT AND IS HYPED FOR LEIGH BARDUGO’S BOOK, but mainly:
Let’s chat! Are YOU super hyped for Leigh Bardugo’s “Wonder Woman” novel? Who’s YOUR favorite superhero? Did you read any of the books on this list??