I got tagged to do this a little while ago when the Good Omens hype train had well and truly begun – and have only just remembered to do it! Huge thanks to Jemma for tagging me in this one!
So sit back and relax, angel. Make yourself a nice mug of cocoa – Aziraphale would be proud – and read on for my answers in The Nice and Accurate Good Omens Tag!
“Would be funny if we both got it wrong, eh? If I did the good thing and you did the bad one?” – A book you expected to like but didn’t and/or a book you didn’t expect to like but did or more than you thought you would.
Ah, this one is easy – Fruits Basket, Another! I am a huge, die-hard fan of the original manga series, so when I found out that there was a new series coming from the mangaka I was thrilled! I pre-ordered, I bought with anticipation, I read it and…oh. It was awful. The main character was so incredibly unlikable that it hurt my teeth as I was gritting them so hard while reading. Ugh. Needless to say, I haven’t continued with the rest of the series.
“Get behind thee, foul fiend…After you.” – Favourite flirty line
Do I have to choose just one? Can I just say absolutely everything that Jesper says to Wylan in Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom? Jesper is a huge flirt and definitely doesn’t hide it when it comes to trying to make Wylan blush, but I think I like this one the most: “Thought of me? Late at night? What was I wearing?”
“Somebody killed my best friend” – Book death that affected you the most
Ooh. Man, that’s a tough one. There have been plenty of book deaths that have affected me, but I think the toughest one had to be both Rufus and Mateo’s deaths in They Both Die At The End. Yeah, I know it’s already prophesied from the title of the book, but it was so distressing after seeing their relationship slowly come to life before being snuffed out by something preventable.
“You go too fast for me Crowley” – Favourite slow burn
Slow burn is far better than instalove – the characters have become friends, they know that there might be something more, they’re willing to take it slow, it just needs the right push to get the ball of romance rolling. Despite not reading many romance books, the slow burn between Tam and Kate in Redwood and Ponytail was absolute perfection for me, and I adored it.
“There never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it” – Have you ever been caught reading a book when you shouldn’t have been? Either for content or the situation.
I think I actually got caught in class once reading manga – oops…
“Well, obviously. You’re a demon. That’s what you do.” – Favourite unapologetic villain.
I tell you who is unapologetic in all of the villainous shit he does – Madoc from The Cruel Prince. Everything he does is cunning, malicious and done to help towards his endgame, which I won’t spoil here if you haven’t read it yet. He’s even murdering people in the very first pages and doesn’t care!
“He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, ie., everybody, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.” – Favourite Twisty book
Lost Boy by Christina Henry, without a doubt! This is a dark retelling of Peter Pan and it was brilliant! Full of twists, turns, untrustworthy characters that you thought you could trust and mysterious happenings on the island, this was a book that had me gripping the pages on the edge of my seat!
“Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people.” – Favourite complex or morally grey character
That would have to be Victor Vale from Vicious! He’s so complex – everything he does you have to stop and wonder whether he’s doing it for the greater good, to benefit himself or whether he’s just being a bit of a dickhead. Regardless, I love him utterly and think that his character only gets better and more complex in the sequel, Vengeful!
If you’re reading this and enjoyed Good Omens, I’m tagging you to fill this in yourself!