Tagged by Morgan @ Gone With the Words. Thanks for letting me use the graphic, too! As a Marvel fan (and as a Steve Rogers fan), I’m super pumped about this tag. Let’s get started!
Steve Rogers/Captain America: a book with a big character transformation
Cheating off Morgan here, because she nailed it: Ginny in Harry Potter, specifically between Chamber of Secrets and Order of the Phoenix. She’s coming into her own between those books, from a shy 11-year-old only seen as the best friend’s little sister to a headstrong, outspoken, intelligent young 14-year-old.
Peggy Carter: a book with a strong female protagonist
Grace in A Madness So Discreet is quite possibly one of the strongest — mentally, emotionally — female protagonists I’ve read in a long time, especially in YA.
Bucky Barnes: a book with your ultimate BROTP
The book I’m about to mention isn’t fair to anyone other than myself and the Knopf BFYR editorial team, because I’m choosing Matt and Trip from Jared Reck’s upcoming novel You’re the Nerds (though it may have a different title by publication day). These two are the best of friends — at home, at school, on the basketball court — and they’re with each other through thick and thin. Trip may be something of a clown, but he knows when it’s okay to simply make Matt smile.
Howling Commandos: a book with squad goals
I love all the friendship links in Emery Lord’s books, and the girls in The Start of Me and You would definitely be the squad I’d like to join! They’re funny, supportive, loving, and even have independence from one another as well. Absolutely fantastic bunch!
Red Skull: a book with a cliche plot
Cliche, but love it: Anna and the French Kiss. Girl goes to study-abroad boarding school and falls in love with boy. What’s not to love?
Natasha Romanoff: a book with a snarky side character
I adore Cath’s roommate in Fangirl. Reagan is blunt and honest with Cath from day one, and her sass and snark come out as Cath becomes more comfortable with her surroundings. I would also say Emma from One Day, but she’s one of the main characters. Her snark is on a whole different level!
Sam Wilson: a book with a friendship meet cute.
When Emily meets Sloane in Since You’ve Been Gone, I couldn’t have asked for a better friendship meet cute. Emily is doing her usual routine — running around the neighborhood and nearby residences — when she comes across a girl locked outside her new house, a giant bath towel on top of her head drying her hair. And what does Sloane ask of Emily? “Help me break into my house!”
Winter Soldier: a book with a great twist (plot twist or retelling)
Atonement. ‘Nuff said. That ending killed me. I almost don’t want to read any other Ian McEwan book because how can you top that?
I’m Just A Kid from Brooklyn: a book with a memorable setting/character backstory
I will always be impressed and astounded by the setting of Uprooted. The village, the tower, the magical forest (in itself its own character with a remarkable (and frightening) backstory)…it was all breathtakingly vivid.
Do You Two…. Fondue?: a book with a love triangle
If a book has a love triangle, I tend to block it from my memory. However, there’s a great book that has something of a love triangle in it. The Tragedy Paper is probably one of my favorite haunting novels about an albino boy in love with a girl who is abused by her boyfriend, and how he handles his last year at this boarding school.
You’ve Been Asleep, Cap: a book you love with a dual timeline/time travel
How about one with dual timelines and time travel? The Time Traveler’s Wife is quite remarkable. I remember when I first read it I found it to be somewhat jarring and confusing…but then you get the hang of the back and forth, the magical element of it, just like the characters do.
Til The End Of The Line: a book with the OTP to end all OTPs
Y’all know my answer…Red and Sorcha in Daughter of the Forest. Next question!
I Had A Date: a book with a cliffhanger
Oh MAN! Probably all the books that were the start of trilogies. I remember Catching Fire being a huge one, but thankfully Mockingjay was already out and I simply downloaded the ebook the second I finished CF. As for a book I had to wait for, The Name of the Star‘s cliffhanger was pretty intense.
I Understood That Reference: a book with a pop culture reference
My Lady Jane. I’ve spotted several already and I’m almost finished with the book (at the time I’m typing up this post). I can share Game of Thrones and Monty Python and the Holy Grail make appearances…ha!