Okay look I wasn’t tagged in this but I love Mulan and I love book tags. I saw this on Scorpio Book Dreams and it was created by Kirsty and the Cat Read.
Reflection – A book cover that doesn’t accurately reflect what the book is about.
When I picked up The Deep End, I knew that it had a lesbian protagonist with a wife, and I sort of knew from the blurb that it’s going to be a mystery around the main character’s missing sister. But hey, the cover has a nice blue sky and a pretty woman in an orange blouse, so surely it can’t be that bad, right? Probably a romantic novel mixed with some mystery. I also expected the main character to be younger, maybe in her 20s or early 30s, although I admit her age is difficult to tell on the cover without her face.
Well, I was wrong. While the main character is married, this is not a romance at all, and the mystery went deeper and became more and more twisted as the book went on. In the end, the cover didn’t really influence my enjoyment of the book, but it definitely made me expect a different kind of story. That being said, I’m not sure what cover would have been more accurate.
Mushu – A character with a lot to prove.
Portia in A Duke by Default certainly has a lot to prove: not only to her parents and family, but to herself as well. She is nearly 30, and yet she has no stable career as she moves from one exciting project to the next. Her parents don’t take her passions seriously and would rather she stayed working at the family company, but they don’t truly trust her enough to think she can do it. They contribute to Portia’s low self-esteem and make her doubt herself and constantly compare herself to her sister.
I loved this book, but I admit that the parental pressure was sometimes difficult to read about. Still, Portia proved just how amazing and extraordinary she is.
I’ll Make a Man Out of You – A character who develops a lot, or a book with some kick-ass training scenes.
When I read this prompt and started hearing the song in my head, the book I immediately connected it to was The Poppy War. While the Poppy War is historical fantasy, it is based on real historical conflicts in Asia, specifically the second Sino-Japanese War and the Rape of Nanking. It also takes place first at a school where they train soldiers, and later in a group of special soldiers with magical abilities. Rin has to train herself and her skills in both group, and she goes through a lot of development during the years described in the book, so The Poppy War has both a character with development and kick-ass training scenes.
I loved the Poppy War, but you must be aware before you pick it up that it’s a brutal novel that deals with genocide, war, rape, drug addiction and other topics. The main character might be a teenager, but it is far from a YA novel.
A Girl Worth Fighting For – A ship you will defend until your last breath.
Somehow, my first thought for this prompt was Kaz and Inej, which is interesting, because… I don’t really ship Kaz and Inej romantically? I adore them both as separate characters, and I love their dynamic, but I prefer to see it as a strong platonic relationship and have Inej and Nina be in a romantic relationship instead. However, this doesn’t change the fact that they are important to each other and depend on each other, and if the end of the first book is any indication, there will indeed be a lot of fighting for this girl in the second book.
Shout out to Portia and Tavish from A Duke by Default, because I’d die for that ship but I already mentioned them at another prompt. + Every ship in Chameleon Moon, including Evelyn/Danae/Rose, and everyone Regan is dating, although there are no girls involved in the second one.
Huns – A book/character that gave you the creeps.
The woman that raised Rin in The Poppy War, for sure. I can’t remember her name, but she was awful. The king in The Seafarer’s Kiss is also awful, but somehow he didn’t truly scare me or “gave me the creeps”, so he’s not the best pick for this prompt.
This is a little different, because I’m picking a nonfiction book, but Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? already gave me the creeps at the title. Back in the 1980s, Jeanette Winterson wrote a novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. The main character in Oranges is called Jeanette and a lot of her life is based on the author’s true life as growing up as a lesbian in a religious home, but much of it is still fiction. In Why Be Happy, a truly nonfiction novel, the author explains why she chose to write that first story as fiction, and that explanation definitely made me shiver. And in the end, isn’t reality the most scary thing?
And I suppose that is the saddest thing for me, thinking about the cover version that is Oranges, is that I wrote a story I could live with. The other one was too painful. I could not survive it.
I wrote her in because I couldn’t bear to leave her out. There was no Elsie. There was no one like Elsie. Things were much lonelier than that.
Mulan – Your favourite bad-ass female protagonist.
Wait, hold on. What do you mean I’m supposed to pick just one?
- Evelyn, Rose and Danae, especially Danae when she punched a tank
- Esofi and Adale both, especially Esofi when she fought a duel in a dress
- Xandri, pretty much always, but somehow I’m thinking of the first contact scene with the Psittacans, and every time she makes first contact
- Portia, also pretty much always – she’s a multitasking queen that I aspire to be like
- Eelyn, because I loved Sky in the Deep and just can’t bear to leave her out
tagging: nobody at the moment, but feel free to do it and tag me in it, I’d love to see your answers!