This tag was created by Katytastic over on YouTube to celebrate the release of The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. I was tagged by Emma @ Miss Print (you can check out her post here). Graphics were found via a google search and were made by Shouni @ Through the Book Portal for her turn at the Disney Book Tag.
1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
Oliver from EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway (Goodreads) – When Oliver was a child he was kidnapped by his dad. When he’s 17 he is found and returns to his childhood home. Life has moved on in the 10 years since he’s been gone and yet its also stayed still. There is a big adjustment for all the characters in this story as they learn to settle into who they are now and how they all fit. A wonderful story and you should read it.
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
Jimmy!!! Jimmy is the male lead in Kylie Scott’s book LEAD (my review) which is the third book in her Stage Dive series. Oh how I disliked Jimmy in the first two books. He was rude and obnoxious and didn’t seem to have a redeemable bone in his body. I was prepared to hate his book and only picked it up since I am a sucker for reading a book series in order. Image my surprise when I fell head over heels in love with him!! Jimmy is now one of my favorite characters ever and LEAD one of my favorite reads.
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters
This was a hard one for me as there was nothing that immediately jumped out at me. But then I was talking with Andi earlier about the Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series I realized that while its not one book its a series that would totally work for this catagory. All the characters in this book are unique and special and you fall in love with them all…even though sometimes you just want to reach into the pages and shake some sense into them.
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Goodreads) – I’ve tried this book several times but each and every time it just bores me and puts me to sleep. I did watch the movie and I liked it but don’t think I’ll be giving this book another shot any time soon…unless I go through a bout of insomnia.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
How do I choose just one? Seems to be a trend in YA, NA, and adult reads to go through something traumatic and then come out on top in the end. But for this one I’m going to go with Callie from THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN (my review). Kayden too could fall under this head but there was something about Callie and her story that really touched me when I read it.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson (my review) – This book is over 1000 pages and I had mistaken bought it in hardcover making it a daunting book to read. So I broke it down into more manageable chunks and read it over a months time. I just love this world that Sanderson is building and can’t wait for more books in this series.
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
Alina from SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo (my review) – All her life Alina wanted to be special instead she spent most of it as just average. Until one day she wasn’t and then she learned that maybe being special wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be after all.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Eugenides from THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner (my review) – Gen is a character that I wasn’t sure I liked at first but over the course of the series its hard not to fall for him and his tricksy ways. Also Isabeu from FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
Ack! This is a hard one!! I’m just gonna say ALL OF THEM!! Ok…not all of them…there are some pretty scary characters out there so lets just limit it to those that are on my favorites shelf on Goodreads.
10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
There are a few villains that come to mind for this one but the two that stand out the most are Zhong Ye from SILVER PHOENIX (my review) / FURY OF THE PHOENIX (my review) by Cindy Pon and AIDAN from ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kaufman (goodreads). Zhong Ye is a character that you just hate in the first book but by Fury of the Phoenix you see another side of him and it becomes a little harder to hate him as much. I won’t say much about AIDAN now but just know