The Beauty & The Beast Book Tag

I'm HAPPY. You want to know why?
Well, firstly, I'm doing a tag, courtesy of the brilliant Soudha from Of Stacks and Cups, and secondly, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

Hey. You knew I was a musical nerd. Don't act surprised that I like Disney.

Be Our Guest

(5 characters you'd invite to your dream dinner party)
Ella from Gemina: Oh my gosh ... Ella is possibly my favourite character. Ever. She's a fifteen year old hacker who manages to hold her own in a intergalactic version of the Russian mafia (and handle a pistol suprisingly well) from a wheelchair and surrounded by a candy shell of "I'm going to protect my daughter / sister /cousin because she can't do anything for herself".

I need some advice from her on dealing with life.

Alice from Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue: So, I was considering inviting Alice's Broadway-auditioning, drama-queen twin sister Della to this dinner party, but a) I figured her histrionics might be a little irritating, and b) I'm pretty sure the Ella / Della thing might have got confusing pretty quickly.

Alice, however, is smart enough to derail business espionage in the tech sector (and dammit, we all know that's the most cutthroat sector of business espionage) using just the power of her own brain and a bicycle. She sounds like a fascinating dinner guest ... although I might have to be careful not to reveal Ella's - uh - upbringing to her. I'm not sure an investigation would set the kind of mood I'm looking for in this party.

Jo from These Shallow Graves: All I'm going to say is that being a 1920s undercover detective when you're both female and from one of the most uptight, reputation-oriented families in New York, requires an awful lot of badassery.

I can imagine it also makes you the kind of person who has a lot of anecdotes to tell at parties.

Jasmine from Something In Between: I relate to Jasmine on a level so deep that it borders on psychic connection. I mean, overachiever. Constantly tired. Pressure.

I ... I'm also kinda broken. Can you tell?

Anyway, I feel like I need to talk to Jasmine. We'd get on ... comparing revision notes, asking for tips on how to break exam stress, complaining about bad teachers. I mean, it would be utterly mind-numbing for my other guests, but they're interesting people. I'm sure they can entertain themselves.

Lucas from The First Third: Lucas is hilarious. And just because I refuse to call him Sticks doesn't mean he's going to lose his outrageous powers of humour overnight. He seems to be an expert in having CP in the modern world - I was thinking maybe we could exchange survival tips? And probably laugh while we're at it?


(A character whose dreams of adventure inspire you)
What's A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
So, I don't know if a quest to get into Cambridge university counts as a dream for adventure to most (read: normal) people, but it inspired me, okay? You've no idea how reassuring it is to read about a character like Lottie managing to achieve her Oxbridge dreams while actually having a life and fighting for the things she cares about.

And, of course, there's the whole "I'm going to call out anything sexist whatsoever for a whole month and do you know what I'm going to use a klaxon to do it" thing. That is an adventure, for sure - and inspiring doesn't even cover it.

The Beast / Prince

(A character who went through an unexpected transformation)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
This was not a good character transformation.

Cath went from being a kickass, independent baker who argued with the Cheshire cat about whether tuna has any place in cake to a selfish whiner whose only motivations were to do with a love interest. And it made me so sad. I mean, I know this was an origin story for the Queen of Hearts. I knew she was going to have to become an antihero eventually. But this was not the way to do it.

On the plus side? This book wins the award for being the only one ever to make me dislike an unsympethetic character more after hearing their backstory. So ... I guess it had that going for it?

The Enchanted Rose

(A book with a terrible curse at the heart of the story)
Sorry. It appears I'm fresh out of curses? If any of you guys have any suggestions, please let me know.

Tale as Old as Time

(A classic romance story that you love)
Flambards by K.M. Peyton
It's been a long time since I read this, but it remains one of my favourite classics - because a) horses, b) very early aeroplanes, and c) actually readable prose! (I ... don't get along with Regency novel - a lot of people love them, and fair enough, but to me it just feels like reading a brick.)

What makes the romance in this one is the characters. I absolutely adore Christina, and am more than a little bit in love with Will; if you guys think being a misfit in today's era is difficult, then geez. Try it in pre-WWI Britain, when being a girl means you should fall in love with the correct guy (or else) and being a boy means that you do what your father tells you. Even if said father happens to be an alcoholic obsessed with horses, and you're terrified of them.

I ... I just love it, okay?

The Dance

(Your favourite romantic scene from any book)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
If you've read this book, then I mean the scene. You know the one I'm talking about. There were forests and fire and kisses ... *tries and fails to remain coherent*

*swoons reluctantly*

The Last Petal

(A book character who managed to break a terrible curse)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Oh, I absolutely adore this series. It's gorgeous. American! Protagonist! Hilariously! Attempts! To! Negotiate! British! Life! WHILE TRYING TO HUNT DOWN A SERIAL KILLER WHO IS PROBABLY A GHOST!

No, you calm down.

And - wow - if there was ever a character to break a terrible curse, it's Rory. I mean, it took her a few chapters to get her head around the fact that the British Isles and the United Kingdom aren't the same thing, and work out how she's supposed to survive a game of hockey with a bunch of public schoolgirls who've been attacking anyone who gets on the wrong side of their stick since they were five ... but she's also kind of kickass.

Beauty and the Beast

(Your bookish OTP)
Waking in Time by Angie Stanton
I think I must have a thing about couples in which one of the participants is called Will? Or couples in which that very same participant is from the early twentieth century? Honestly, though, I think it's mostly about my love of culture clash between book characters. GAH. They were both struggling to adjust to accidental time travel and making faux pas that also happened to be incredibly cute.


Kate @ The Magic Violinist (because she's as obsessed with musicals - and Emma Watson - as I am)
Eve @ The Twist in the Taile (because she's the blogger I think of when I think "music")

Cee Arr @ Diary of a Reading Addict and Alyssa @ I Am a Writer, Hear Me Roar (for commenting on 99% of my posts lately and being EPIC cheerleaders)

If anyone else fancies stealing the tag, I'm not one to stop you. BE MY GUEST.

In the comments: Do you guys have any suggestions for books revolving around curses? Or some more dinner party guests? Who would you invite?
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  1. Wooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Look, that's me! Yay me!) (Yes, I'm totally in a random mood) (But that's why you all love me.) (Assuming that you *do* all love me.)

    I'd probably invite Eddie before I invited Jo from These Shallow Graves, b/c my God, she needs to figure things out quicker! Lol. (I spent a lot of time screaming at her while reading that book! STOP DOING THE STUPID THINGS JO!!!)

    1. (Definitely, Cee! We all love your random moods.)

      Hmmm ... I get what you mean about Jo and her stupidity - although tbh I just found her naivety funny. The scene where someone tries to solicit her services as a - erm - lady of the night, and she just has no idea what he's going on about? I was near crying. Eddie would make an excellent dinner guest too, though.

      *nods sagely*

  2. Aww thanks for tagging me! This seems like a fun tag, I will get to it... eventually... :D If you are interested in couples with a character named Will, have you read Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta?

    1. You are wholly welcome, Alyssa. And it is a lot of fun, although if your to do list is as mad as mine is then I totally understand if you don't get to it!

      I've not read Saving Francesca, but I shall investigate ;-)

  3. Thanks so much for tagging me, this looks super fun! And YAY, I adore What's a Girl Gotta Do; Lottie is just the coolest. Also, Carry On, because I am always flailing about Carry On haha.

    1. You're welcome, Eve! Yes, I adore Lottie - I'd say she was my spirit animal, but honestly I'm not sure I'd survive having a spirit that determined. Yes to Carry On, as well - am I the only one who's more than a little bit nerdy about the magic system? The whole linguistics thing just had me fangirling ... a lot.

  4. AHHHHH OMG I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!! Thanks for tagging me! :) You're right, I'm just a little obsessed with musicals and Emma Watson. Just a tad.

    I've actually taken Heartless off my TBR list for the time being because so many of my trusted blogger friends have complained about it, and from what I've heard, it'd get so on my nerves. Which is really disappointing, because I love Marissa Meyer, but nobody's perfect, right?

    Oh my gosh, yes, Carry On. *heart eyes emoji* I honestly didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I shipped it so hard.

    1. I'm so EXCITED THAT YOU'RE EXCITED! You are of course welcome for the tag and I'm glad I got your obsessions right ...

      I'd actually heard a lot of people complain about Heartless online before I read it, but the synopsis looked SO GOOD ... I guess I thought that I would be the special person who liked it? Or that they'd read a different book to the one I was talking about? Anyway, I'm glad I was stubborn about it, if only because I satisfied my own curiosity.

      Carry On! *swoons* Oh darn, not again! Seriously, at this rate the shipping is so hard I need smelling salts.

  5. The Raven Cycle sort of involves a curse, but from the beginning rather than at the end. Um...I was sure I'd read more books with curses...

    1. So few books have curses! It's such a travesty! (I'm glad it's not just me whose life is sadly lacking in curses though.) Thanks for trying?


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