The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

Thank you Kayleigh, Makayla and Calliope for tagging me! Go check out all their blogs guys. I’m kind of worried that I won’t be able to come up with answers for all of these, but we’ll see haha.

1) A book that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE had a sequel

My mind is already going blank help. OH CARRY ON. But I don’t just want a sequel. I want prequels too since this takes place in their final year. And then a sequel. I don’t care if it’s just Simon, Baz and Penny hanging out. I need it.

2) A book/series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE had a Spin-Off series

Okay but, does it surprise anyone when I say Harry Potter? Because I’m still waiting for a Marauders book series.

3) An author who TOTALLY SHOULD write more books

All of them. Okay not all of them but all my faves. Also it’s time for Rainbow Rowell to publish another book *hint hint* And what is Stephen Chbosky doing? I know Francesca Zappia is writing and hopefully a new book will be out soon. J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan are busy writing (bless Uncle Rick for bringing out two books every year). Seriously I want more books from all my faves, though I don’t except Rick Riordan to write even MORE every year. The poor man deserves a break.

4) A character who TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ended up with someone else

Whoever that girl was that ended up with Aspen (I forgot her name sorry). She was a cinnamon role and I hate Aspen with a passion. She deserved better (I can’t think of other ships that I didn’t agree with haha)

5) A book/series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ended differently

The Maze Runner trilogy sort of? OH THAT REMINDS ME OF A BETTER OPTION FOR QUESTION 4. BUT SPOILERS. I’M SO PISSED ABOUT IT. Okay spoiler in white: Newt and Teresa deserved better, and Thomas should’ve ended up with one of them #TeamThomesa #TeamNewtMas not #ThomasandBrendaWhateverTheirShipNameIsWhoCaresNotMe Why did two rounded, interesting characters have to die and why did Brenda-I’m-Only-Here-To-Establish-A-Love-Triangle-Wait-What’s-Her-Last-Name get to live

6) A book/series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE had a movie franchise

Percy Jackson. What do you mean there are already PJ movies? Hahaha don’t be silly those don’t exist outside of our nightmares*

* No offence to the cast especially Logan Lerman and to the people who enjoyed the movies

7) A book/series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE had a TV show

HARRY POTTER. Harry PotterHarry Potter. And did I mention Harry Potter? They would be able to include SO MUCH MORE if they made it into a tv show. I mean I love the cast, but I need this. I mean obviously I’d also be terrified if they did this but still. I NEED IT.

8) A book/series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE only have one point of view

Uuuh I have no idea help

9) A book/series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE had a cover change

The Parasol Protectorate series. 

I’m just not a fan of these covers. BUT I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. Maybe I should do a reread so I can write a post on why you should read these too (they would also make a fab tv show by the way)

10) A book/series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE kept the original covers

I really don’t have an answer for this one

11) A series that TOTALLY SHOULD’VE stopped at book #1

I can’t think of any, so I’m going to steal Kayleigh’s answer and say that The Selection should’ve stopped after The One. I still haven’t read the last two, but I also don’t really have the motivation. The story was over. It was nicely wrapped up. There was no need for more books. I don’t think I’ve heard anything positive about the last two either.

Aaand I won’t be tagging anyone specific again. I’m really sorry, but I’m lazy and looking up who to tag takes quite some time and I’m just trying to get as many posts scheduled as I can (I’m writing this in August. AUGUST. This will go up in October. I’m so proud of myself) but if you want to do this consider yourself tagged!

What are some of your answers to these? What is a tv show or movie adaptation you really want to see? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Prudence by Gail Carriger

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Genre: Steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy
Series: The Custard Protocol #1 (sequel series to The Parasol Protectorate)
Goodreads rating: 3.82
My rating: ★★★★

Warning: Spoilers for The Parasol Protectorate series

summary

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances – names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

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I love Gail Carriger work. The Parasol Protectorate series is one of my favourite series, so when I found out there was going to be a sequel series about Prudence, I got very, very excited. Sadly the publishing date was a long time away back then and when I finally got my hands on Prudence, my memory of what happened during Parasol had become a bit fuzzy. Luckily the most important things are briefly explained again in Prudence, so that wasn’t a problem.

The book started a bit slow for me, though I liked meeting all the new and old characters and there were some funny and witty moments, it was a bit boring and for a moment I was scared that this wasn’t going to be as good as the original series. Thank God the pace picked up once they got to India! From there on out lots of things happened and mysteries had to be solved.

I loved seeing the old characters from Prudence point of view, especially that of her parents. I did miss the old main characters, but throughout the book the new ones grew on me and I’m sure I’ll come to love them (almost) as much as the originals. Prudence is a lot like her mother, yet it is clear she has also been raised by Conall and Akeldama, which makes a brilliant combination. Primrose, Ivy’s daughter, and Rue are the perfect team and Percy (Prim’s twin brother) and Quesnel (who you may or may not remember from Parasol)   are also on board. I’m not sure how I feel about Percy yet, but I totally ship Rue and Quesnel (Ruesnel?).

There’s almost as much action, humor and tea in this one as in the originals. The world building has expanded and I can’t wait to see what else Gail comes up with in Imprudence. All in all a good introduction to this new series, that I’m sure will only get better. If you enjoyed The Parasol Protectorate, be sure to pick this up!

– The Writing Hufflepuff

Waistcoats and Weaponry Review

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Genre: Paranomal // Steampunk // Historical
Category: YA
Series: The Finish School #3
Goodreads rating: 4.13
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary (2020)

Class is back in session…
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style–with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what–or who–they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine’s proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Timesbestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.

Review (2020)

Another enjoyable instalment in The Finishing School series! If you’re not familiar with these books (they’re not as popular as they should be, like their sequel series The Parasol Protectorate, which I highly recommend), go read them right now! As of now there are three books in the series: Etiquette and Espionage, Curtsies and Conspiracies and this one: Waistcoats and Weaponry. I think a lot of you out there would just buy them for their covers; I mean, look at them. I hadn’t heard of Etiquette and Espionage or Gail Carriger, but the cover just immediately grabbed my attention! And then the blurb! I’m so happy I picked it up, as it led to discovering The Parasol Protectorate series, which is one of my favourite series. I do recommend reading them before The Finishing School though (do keep in mind they’re adult books!), as there isn’t much world building in the Finishing School series while there is in The Parasol Protectorate. The society is a lot more explained in those books, and meeting characters from Parasol in Finishing School is just a lot more fun!

Okay, now that my love/worship/praise for the series itself is out of the way, on to Waistcoats and Weaponry in particular. The characters were amazing as usual and they have grown since the first book. ‘Growing up’ was a significant theme throughout the book and I loved the new problems that came with it. The book still had a lot of light moments like all of Gail’s books. She has such a witty style and I love her humour.

I also want to talk about how British this book is. I mean, yeah, it takes place in Victorian England, but the mentions of tea, oh my god. The characters are so upset when they don’t have tea; I loved it. Probably because I can relate, haha. I can’t live without tea. I get cranky, guys. Real cranky.

Okay, back to the book! I feel like it’s hard writing a review without giving spoilers for the book and the series. Just know that if you love steampunk, paranormal (though there are more paranormal aspects in the sequel series), good humour (though I guess it depends on your own sense of humour. I love Gail’s, but you might disagree), mystery, loveable characters, tea, Victorian England, espionage and so, so much more, than read this series! Though like I said before, I’d recommend reading The Parasol Protectorate first, but again, keep in mind they’re adult books. I didn’t know when I read the first one and the sex scenes threw me off. Thankfully the other books in the series aren’t as graphic.

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