ThursTag: The Isles of Storm & Sorrow Book Tag!

It’s Thursday, and that means one thing around here: time for a tag. In this month of our Captain, the evil Bex Hogan, doing The Isles of Storm and Sorrow Book Tag seemed appropriate.

This brilliant tag was created by Nikki at Books and Lemon Squash  I wasn’t tagged to do it, but I saw it and I really wanted to give it a go, and I’m answering it without using any of the books I’ve read (or planned to) for the readathon

First Isle: The King’s Isle – A book with royalty

I recently re-read Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone via audiobook (it was just as good as I remembered). Sky Song features a very evil Ice Queen who wants to take Eska’s voice and all the power from Erkenwald.

Second Isle: The Fallow Isle – A book with a focus on food or harvests

The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi. There is so much food in this book. It’s also based around the concept of Sin Eating which is a subject that truly fascinates me. This book is a real hidden gem, I haven’t heard many people rave about it, but it was one of the best books I read last year.

Third Isle: The Black Isle – A book with a black cover

A predominantly black cover counts, yes? I read Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas recently, and it was wonderful. I loved the insight into Maverick’s background before The Hate U Give. It’s brilliantly written and it gave me a lot of emotions. Also, the cover is stunning.

Fourth Isle: The Floral Isle – A book that makes you feel peaceful

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy is one of the most peaceful books I’ve ever read. It brought me a lot of comfort in the early part of the first lockdown. It is such a lovely, heart-warming book filled with gorgeous and uplifting messages.

Fifth Isle: The Mist Isle – A book featuring mountains

I think that Explorer’s on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell is my favourite of the Explorer’s books seeing Stella rescuing her father Felix from a fearsome witch on Witch Mountain. It is a nerve wracking adventure and I absolutely loved the way it ended.

Sixth Isle: The Rock Isle – A book featuring a quest

I don’t know if this is a quest in the usual sense of the word, but I really feel like Flick in The Key to Finding Jack by Ewa Jozefkowicz is on a really personal quest. Her brother Jack means everything to her and as she pieces together the clues that will lead her to him, she also discovers a lot about herself and her own place in the world.

Seventh Isle: The Shadow Isle – A dark story

In a world where monsters have supposedly been eliminated, Jam meets Pet, a creature of from a painting who has come to find a monster in the home of Jam’s best friend. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi is definitely a story with dark themes as Jam and her friend face some monsters very close to home.

Eighth Isle: The Snow Isle – A book with a white cover

Is there a more stunning white cover on a book than this one? I think not. Boy Queen by George Lester has such a striking cover. It is every bit as stunning and joyful inside as it is on the outside. I absolutely loved this book.

Ninth Isle: The Blood Isle – A murder mystery

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius is a really underrated murder mystery. Sally Jones (an ape) is trying to solve a murder case to clear her chief’s name. She is one of my absolute favourite book characters ever and I adore her and her wild adventures around the world so much.

Tenth Isle: The Snow Isle – A book that gets heated (choose your interpretation here!)

In The Fireman by Joe Hill a plague is sweeping the world causing people to develop dark scales that spread all over their body before they eventually start burning up and then literally set on fire. That counts as a book that gets heated, right?

Eleventh Isle: The Song Isle – A book featuring magicians

The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton features a young girl who can shoot sparks from her fingertips being discovered in Venice and whisked off to join the Cannovacci, an underground society of magicians. This whole book is packed with magic and it was one of my top 2020 reads.

Twelfth Isle: The Jewel of the West – A book with thievery

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan has lots of low-key thievery in it, as well as having an underground Guild of Thieves who pop up and add some brilliant storylines to this magical book.

I’m not going to tag anyone specific for this, but I would love to see people answering these questions and sharing them to help celebrate Bex’s book release!

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