Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m doing the Cute Mutants Book Tag, created by El @El’s Book Reviews, Andee @Mouse Reads and Finn @Evidently Bookish, and I was tagged by the lovely El themselves! I’m sure that by now you’ll know how much I adore the Cute Mutants series by SJ Whitby (the whole series so far made my top 10 books of 2020 list!), so I was super excited about this tag when I heard about it! If you’ve not picked up the series before, now is the perfect chance to do so before the fourth book is released at the start of April (and little self promo, I’m doing a wee e-book giveaway for any of the books over on Twitter right now!). I’m going to tag Hsinju @Hsinju’s Lit Log to do the tag because I know that they love this series too! Without any further ado, here’s the tag!
Dylan AKA Chatterbox: A book featuring a character that’s a little bit mean and a lot loveable.
For this prompt I’ve decided to go for pretty much all the characters in The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke! I did choose this book specifically with Daisy in mind specifically, but then I realised that they all kinda fit (excluding Yates of course, she’s an angel!). The Scapegracers follows Sideways Pike, a teen lesbian witch, who is recruited by her school’s popular girls to perform some magic at their pre-Halloween party. However, after some not so great things happen at the party, the four become best friends and eventually, a coven; cursing awful boys, trying to find Sideways a girlfriend, and even accidentally unleashing a demon! This book has rave reviews for a reason and I am 100% positive that you will end up loving Sideways and co. for the feral teenage girls that they are!
Dani AKA Marvellous: A book that caused you pain
For this prompt I was so tempted to choose either We Are Okay by Nina LaCour or The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, but I thought they were maybe a wee bit of a cliché answer, so I decided to go for Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan instead! I read the first book in this trilogy, Girls of Paper and Fire, back when it came out, and finally got round to reading the sequel last year, and I was not prepared for the heartache that it gave me! I’m sure that if you’re following my blog then you’ll already know all about the GOPAF series, but if not, it follows Lei who is part of the lowest caste in her society – the paper caste. Every year eight paper girls are chosen to be concubines for the demon king, but this year Lei is chosen as the ninth due to her unusual gold eyes. Lei would do anything to go back home to her father but while she is in the palace she ends up doing the unthinkable – she falls for another paper girl!
Alyse AKA Moodring: A book featuring monster girls
Again, for this one I didn’t want to go for the obvious and say Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust, so I decided to go with Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse! Black Sun follows four main perspectives throughout the book – Serapio, a blind man who is the Crow God reborn; Xiala a ship’s captain who is reviled for being a Teek; Naranpa, the Sun Priest who, unlike the other priests, is from a poorer background; and Okoa, the son of the Carrion Crow matron, one of the four Sky Made families, and how their stories lead up to the solar eclipse. Xiala throughout the book is seen as a monster due to her Teek heritage and her ability to control the seas, and as we read more and more of the book we get to see this ‘monster’ fully emerge! She’s by far one of my favourite characters in this book and I’m dying for the sequel!!
Emma AKA Goddess: A book featuring a superpower you’d love to have
Whenever I’m asked this question I always say fire powers, but I would absolutely adore the abilities that Evie has in Evie and the Pack-Horse Librarians by Laurel Beckley! This gorgeous queer novella follows Evie, an assistant editor, who exiled to ride with the Pack-Horse Librarians after her ex-girlfriend leaks the company’s most prestigious author’s manuscript to the press. However, when Evie gets there, she has to work out how to survive in the wilderness, especially when, during her first solo ride, her horse spooks and knocks her out of the saddle in the middle of the rain and in bear territory! In the book, Evie is a book witch who has the ability to make the books she reads come to life in little images in front of her very eyes! I think I can speak for all of us when I say that this power would be a book lovers dream come true!
Lou AKA Glowstick: A book with great trans rep
I am sure that a grand total of none of you will be surprised to see Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas as my answer for this question! I buddy read this with Hsinju last year and had so much fun! The main character, Yadriel, is trans and as a nonbinary person this book felt like one long, warm hug! Cemetery Boys follows Yadriel, who is determined to prove himself as a real brujo in front of his family and the rest of his city’s brujx. One night, he takes matters into his own hands, and with the help of his cousin Maritza, he performs the necessary ritual and, whilst trying to summon the ghost of his cousin, accidentally summons the ghost of Julian Diaz, who wants to find out what happened to him and the cause of his death. This is another book that 100% deserves all the hype that it gets and I can’t recommend it enough!
Bianca AKA Wraith: A book with a character you’d go to hell and back for
Okay, so the character I’m choosing for this prompt is not a human! It’s Mephi from The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart! Mephi is an adorable magical animal companion to one of our main characters, Jovis, and I absolutely adore him!! The Bone Shard Daughter is an Asian-inspired fantasy with an established sapphic romance and bone magic, in which commands are written on bone shards taken from children’s skulls and placed inside the bodies of amalgamations of different animals, all controlled by the emperor. We follow five different POVs throughout the book – Lin, Jovis, Ranami, Phalue and Sand – and see the impending revolution through all of their eyes!
Onimaru: A book with a character much cooler than you.
This next prompt could work with almost any character, let’s be real, but I think I’m gonna choose Holly from Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl by Erin Grammar! Holly is a queen of Harajuku fashion and is always on the lookout for cute new outfits! She also ends up with super strength, so I mean, come on, she’s so cool! This could also extend to Holly’s best friend, Chi Ho – she’s so badass and such an extrovert, plus they have a really cool grungy sense of style that I love! The novel follows Holly, Lolita fashion enthusiast who, on the night of her birthday after coming across two bizarre looking brutes, ends up with superhuman strength after one of them explodes all over her!
Pillow: A book featuring your favourite fictional relationship
I’m not sure if this counts since they’re not technically in a relationship, but I absolutely the love triangle/romance dynamic between Sadie, Courtney and Mary in Mary, Everything by Cassandra Yorke! From the very beginning of the book the care and the love that they all have for each other jumps right off the page and the tenderness of their love was just so amazing to read! Mary, Everything opens in 2004, and follows Courtney who is spending her Summer working in her university’s dusty archives. While out on her lunchbreak one day, she bumps into Sadie – who feels slightly out of place and is dressed in a seriously cool vintage outfit – and the two become quick friends. As Courtney’s work continues, she finds an old yearbook, dating from the 1920s, and she can’t help but think some of those faces are strangely familiar. As a psychopathic stalker starts zoning in on Courtney, and her life becomes more and more endangered, Courtney teams up with a sorceress who fought in WW1, a retired professor and two girls who claim to be her best friend and her true love, to try and make it back to where she truly belongs.
Batty: A book with a secondary character you can’t help but love
As someone who usually ends up loving the secondary characters in a book more than the main characters, this question was somehow stupidly difficult for me to answer! But, I ended up choosimg How to Be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune! The book follows video shop, and unruly ferret, owner Gustavo as he meets and gets to know the new hipster employee at the coffee shop he frequents. This book made me laugh out loud several times and is the perfect comfort read and I absolutely adore all of the characters, especially in this case, the vespa riding old ladies the We Three Queens and Casey’s, the love interest, friend group! This is a book that I’d advise you not to judge based on the cover because it’s a lot of fun and has ace rep and autism rep!
Pear: A book with a family dynamic you love.
This is another difficult one because there are so many fictional families that I adore, whether they be biological families, or found families. I finally settled on Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter because I absolutely adore the relationships between the main character, Lily, and her mum and twin sister, Daisy! Not only did they feel very realistic in the sense that there was bickering and it wasn’t all smooth sailing, but the support and love that they have for one another was so apparent and so heart-warming! Melt My Heart follows our main character Lily who has always felt like she is in her twin sister, Daisy’s, shadow – she’s fat and has never received the same attention from other people her age that Daisy gets as she is seen as the ‘less pretty’ twin. She’s hopefully heading off to Leeds after the Summer to do an art history degree but at the same time is scared to leave her best friend Cassie behind. One night, she meets Cal and the two instantly form a connection, but he also happens to be Daisy’s crush, which complicates matters even more.