The Taylor Swift Book Tag

The Taylor Swift Book Tag

Recently, I’ve been listening to a LOT of Taylor Swift, a singer I’ve been an on/off fan of since being a young teen. Yet for some reason, I’ve been listening to lots of her songs, so this Tag Tuesday, the Taylor Swift Book Tag seemed like an obvious choice. Let’s answer some Qs with some As then!

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Backing Together: Pick book you were sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with

I really liked the Twilight series as a young teen – I read them all in less than a week. In hindsight, I’m not sure they were the best books ever written. Plus, the franchise on a whole gets a lot of criticism, so it can be a bit embarrassing to admit that I liked them. (So I’m combating this by telling 300+ people that I liked the Twilight books… sure)

2. Red: Pick a book with a red cover

I’d have to choose my beautiful edition of And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie (1939), which features the characters as portrayed in the 2015 BBC adaptation. If you haven’t read the book, you need to! If you haven’t watched the TV series, you need to! They’re both brilliantly made and very enjoyable.

3. The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic

This question reminds me of my My Life In Books Challenge, where I talked about different books I read and loved as a child. I would probably have to say The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911) because I loved it as a little girl, and I feel like I can connect to the book’s characters and events, given its Yorkshire backdrop.

4. Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love

I really don’t read many love stories, and none with a sense of “forbidden” love. I’d probably have to choose the classic, Romeo and Juliet (1597) – which is also referenced in Taylor’s song!

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love

There are so many! I love a good villain. I’d definitely say Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights (1847). I’d also say Count Olaf, from the Series of Unfortunate Events books, O’Brien from 1984 (1949) or Camille’s mother from Sharp Objects (2006). Then there’s always Macbeth and Lady Macbeth too…

6. Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for

I’m notorious for avoiding spoilers at all costs (unless I accidentally find out something myself). My brother ruined a lot of books and films for me as a child, although no specific memories spring to mind. He probably told me a lot of the Harry Potter storylines before I’d been able to read them for myself…

7. Everything Has Changed: Pick a book character who goes through extensive character development

My knee-jerk reaction is Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice (1813). At the start of the book, Elizabeth is headstrong, but shows she can be sassy, judgmental and prejudiced (all three of which towards Darcy). In the same way, Darcy is proud, arrogant and reluctant to show his true feelings. Both characters learn to open up to each other, as well as other people, and they round out as characters towards the end of the book.

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release

At the minute, I’ve heard Crystin Goodwin is working on a fourth book in her Blessings of Myrillia series. I’ve read all three and reviewed them (UnBlessed, Fire Blessed, Ice Blessed) and I really like the fantasy / young adult path Goodwin has taken the books down, and I can’t wait to read the next one!

9. Forever and Always: Pick your favourite book couple

I would either say Mr and Mrs Bennett from Pride and Prejudice (1813) because they’re such hilarious characters, or Henry and Clare from The Time Traveller’s Wife (2003) because they have such a wonderful, loving relationship.

10. Teardrops On My Guitar: Pick a book that made you cry

I don’t cry at books! I don’t cry at films either. I guess I’m just a cold-hearted, meanie of a blogger…

Those are my answers! Would you have picked different books?

That’s all for now!

– Judith

The Sims Book Tag

The Sims Book Tag

This September, it is officially 2 years since The Sims 4 was released! If you aren’t aware, The Sims games are hugely popular; they are life simulation video games where you can create Sims (people), make them get a job, get married, have children or burn down their house, turn them into a supernatural creature and a whole lot more.

I absolutely love The Sims series (although I was never taken with the look of The Sims 3: I much prefer The Sims, The Sims 2 & more recently of course, The Sims 4).

My Photo [Sims Book Tag 2]
judiththereader, in Sims form!

Therefore, I thought there was no better Tag to do this month than The Sims Book Tag. Enjoy!

1. The Original Sims: The Best Author Debut

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)! This was Hawkin’s first ever novel, after a life of journalism, and it was an absolute thrill to read. It was so well-done, that I wouldn’t have guessed it was her first time writing a novel. I definitely intend to read it again.

*Honourable Mention: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (2006). Like Hawkins, Sharp Objects is a thriller/murder mystery which kept me completely hooked. It raises issues of mental health and self-harm in particular, which I think was quite a bold thing to do, considering mental health awareness was not as publicised 10 years ago as it is today.

2. The Grim Reaper: The Saddest Character Death

I’m torn in my decision making, and either way it leaves spoilers!

I would have to say either Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2005) or Bruno from The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (2006). I think the thing about both of these characters is that they are portrayed continually to the reader as “morally innocent” (let’s make that a phrase, if it isn’t already) and so their deaths seem so unjustified – not entirely unexpected due to the war-torn German backdrop – but just so… unfair.

*Honourable Mention: Fred Weasley from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (2007). To be honest, a lot of the deaths in Harry Potter are quite emotional, but not enough to pip first place!

3.Sims Getting Stuck: A Character That Just Got In The Way

Honestly, I’d have to say Gale from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I know he was “needed” to create a love triangle and cause some tension, but I much preferred Peeta and so I couldn’t help but want Gale out of the frame!

4. Simlish: A Book With Amazing Writing

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (1975). The descriptions were amazing, and I felt like each character was truly fleshed out without being bogged down in pages of mundane details. Of course, the scary scenes were truly scary (duh, it’s Stephen King!) and I think he is a very talented creative writer.To be honest, any book written by Stephen King would fit this question!

5. Expansion Packs: A Series Where The Books Kept On Getting Better

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – you can tell by the increasing sizes of the books that more action, more character development and more themes are included in every book, truly adding to the Harry Potter world and experience.

*Honourable Mention: The Blessings of Myrillia Series by Crystin Goodwin, for which I was a beta reader. I really enjoyed these fantasy / YA books and I felt that not only was the story more developed in each book, but that the style of writing developed too, and made the reading process very enjoyable and easy for me!

6. Sims Romance: The Worst Case Of Instant Love

Bella and Edward from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2005). Bella didn’t seem to have any qualities, nay, a personality that would attract anyone – let alone a vampire. Plus, by the second book, New Moon (2006), it seemed ridiculous that Bella was simultaneously grieving over the loss of Edward, but starting to develop feelings for Jacob (I smell a love triangle approaching). I was then increasingly not keen on the direction Eclipse (2007) and Breaking Dawn (2008) took, in the speedy engagement, marriage, and birth of a child – all by the age of 19. Even without the supernatural creatures, that is just not normal.

7. Cheats: A Contemporary Book That Was Entirely Unrealistic

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (2012). I don’t think I even made it to the end?

8. Needs Fulfilment: A Character Who Made All The Wrong Decisions

All the wrong decisions? Did you say all? (5 points if you saw the Macbeth reference)

Although I wouldn’t say every decision he ever made was wrong, Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series definitely springs to mind, particularly as he gets older. For example,

  1. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry ignored the advice of Dumbledore and others, refusing to learn occlumency, and was subsequently manipulated and tricked into the Department of Mysteries, risking many of his friends’ lives
  2. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry randomly decides to use an unknown, untested spell found in an old textbook and nearly kills his classmate (even if it was Draco Malfoy, his arch nemesis)
  3. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry says the taboo word “Voldemort” (a word he is notorious for casually using throughout the series), leading to his capture, Hermione’s torture and Dobby’s death

9. Error Code 12: A Series That Started Off Great But Went Downhill

Although I like the stories, I’d have to say The Hobbit (1937) & The Lord Of The Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkien came up with a unique fantasy world, the narrative and characters are amazing, and this was developed when Peter Jackson launched his film adaptations. However, they are just so difficult to read! I’ve been ploughing through the series for quite a while now, taking lengthy breaks between each book. The Hobbit, the first book Tolkien wrote in the series, was the easiest for me to read but after that, it remains increasingly a struggle.

10. The Sims Vortex: A Book That Completely Engrossed You

As an alternative to The Girl On The Train, I would have to say Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012). I read this first and I read it in just a few days. I’ve mentioned it in a Book Haul and I’ve done a film review of Gone Girl too, so it’s safe to say that I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down because the characters were so intriguing, and you simply had to read more to access more flashbacks and diary entries to learn more about their pasts and mental states.

*Honourable Mention: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King (2014) – I was captivated by this book and hardly put it down!

Those are my responses to The Sims Book Tag: I hope you enjoyed this post. If you love The Sims as much as me, please feel free to do this tag!

That’s all for now!

– Judith

[BONUS] Read and Review: ICE BLESSED by CRYSTIN GOODWIN @CrystinLGoodwin #BookReview #Fantasy

[BONUS] Read and Review: ICE BLESSED by CRYSTIN GOODWIN @CrystinLGoodwin #BookReview #Fantasy
  • Title: Ice Blessed
  • Published: 2016
  • Author: Crystin Goodwin
  • Started: Thursday 28th July 2016
  • Finished: Friday 29th July 2016

My Photo [Ice Blessed]

Ice Blessed is the third instalment of Goodwin’s Blessings of Myrillia series, and I am so excited to be writing a book review about it! I read it in 1-2 days because I HAD to know what happened.

The tensions between the Transeaturs and the Melior, the build-up of which we saw in UnBlessed and Fire Blessed has finally reached a climax. To catch up, you can read my book reviews of UnBlessed and Fire Blessed.

Unlike I originally thought, Ice Blessed doesn’t wholly focus on Lucien, but rather all of the main characters, such as Kisara, Marius, Renelle, Sebastian, Dami and the Elder Priest. We delve into the past of the Elder Priest through flashbacks, to understand why he is the way he is, and watch him attempt to destroy those he sees as enemies.

To keep me from repeating myself, I’ve pulled the plot summary from Goodreads:

‘After being attacked by what he believed to be his own allies, Lucien Glacies is forced into an unfamiliar world where he must learn to discern friend from foe.  Thrust into the midst of a war he never wanted, unable to piece together reality from the remnants of his past, Lucien chooses to follow the one person he trusts with his life: his childhood friend and former sweetheart, Kisara. 

Together, they must face the corrupt power that threatens all of Myrillia. But first, Lucien must conquer the prejudice of his youth … because his new allies are the same savages he once believed were his mortal enemy.’

First things first, this is definitely the best book in the series. From UnBlessed, to Fire Blessed, to Ice Blessed, Goodwin’s writing has improved each time, and this is by far my favourite. The narrative flowed easier, and it was so action-packed and filled with drama that I was glued to my phone screen.

Kisara and Sebastian’s relationship finally seemed official, and Marius and Renelle’s relationship finally became more genuine (on Marius’s side), which was lovely to see. However, Renelle constantly apologising (like she did in Fire Blessed) really started to get on my nerves, and I wish it was a habit she would have cut out by now.

Spoiler Alert: Lucien is still a bit of a jerk, and is justly rewarded with a slap to the face. However, Dami takes

I honestly wish this book was a film or a TV show because I could “see” everything happening so vividly that I just want to be able to properly see it!

However, I found the ending a little anti-climactic – I never tend to enjoy the use of dreams and visions to wrap up a book. I also didn’t like the bunch of new characters towards the very end, who seemed like “paler” copies of the main characters, and didn’t add much. If there is a fourth book (wink, wink), and these characters are developed, then great.

On the whole, I really enjoyed Ice Blessed, and this entire series, and if you like YA fiction / fantasy books, I strongly recommend you read these!

Star Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Ice Blessed is available to buy as an e-book or paperback from or


Thank you for reading!

This is another bonus ReadandReview post, although it is not a #RBRT post, because Crystin Goodwin is one of the Team Members too.  She kindly sent me her Blessings of Myrillia series to read for free on my Amazon Kindle App. You can find Crystin’s website here:

If you enjoyed this review, please give it a ‘like’ or leave a lovely comment down below. Happy reading!

– Judith

[BONUS] Read and Review: FIRE BLESSED by CRYSTIN GOODWIN @CrystinLGoodwin #BookReview #Fantasy

[BONUS] Read and Review: FIRE BLESSED by CRYSTIN GOODWIN @CrystinLGoodwin #BookReview #Fantasy
  • Title: Fire Blessed
  • Published: 2015
  • Author: Crystin Goodwin
  • Started: Wednesday 29th June 2016
  • Finished: Monday 11th July 2016

My Photo [Fire Blessed]

Fire Blessed is the sequel to UnBlessed, a fantasy series set in Myrillia, where there is an ongoing rivalry between two different races of magical beings, the Meliors and the Transeaturs. I suggest you read my review of UnBlessed before reading this post, to avoid any confusion!

While UnBlessed was told mainly from the perspective of Kisara, who remained UnBlessed at each ceremony, Fire Blessed continues the narrative through the eyes of Marius, a powerful Melior who has a Fire Blessing, who is friends with both Lucien and Kisara. Using my powers of deduction, I imagine that the third instalment in this series, Ice Blessed, will be told from the perspective of Lucien, another powerful Melior who has the Ice Blessing.

I liked the switch in narration between the two books, and it was interesting to re-read some of the scenes from UnBlessed from another character’s perspective. The ancestries of the Melior and Transeatur races was significantly developed in Fire Blessed, which I think is important in fantasy novels, because a lot of the ideas are new and need explaining to the audience.

I’m also really glad Sebastian and Kisara are still becoming more of a “thing”, although Lucien is as bratty and controlling as ever!

I thought the Elder Priest was significantly creepy and domineering, which was good because it clearly mapped out who the “goodies” were and who there “baddies” were, paving the way for a climactic final battle between these two forces, in Ice Blessed, perhaps.

However, it took a while before I understood why Renelle was needed in the storyline and I think her transition from minor character to major character could have been done quicker. I’m also not a fan of her name because it reminds of Renesmee from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, which I didn’t like. I also thought phrases like ‘Sweet Unda’ or ‘Blessed Elements’, as alternatives to the cry of “OMG” by mere mortals, were used too excessively and it didn’t contribute to the dialogue.

I also though the climax at the end of the book could have been drawn out more – it seemed to start and finish very suddenly, and I wasn’t ready for the excitement to end!

All in all, I very much enjoyed reading Fire Blessed and I can’t wait to start reading Ice Blessed!

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

Ice Blessed is available to buy as an e-book or paperback from or


Thank you for reading!

This is another bonus ReadandReview post, although it is not a #RBRT post, because Crystin Goodwin is one of the Team Members too.  She kindly sent me UnBlessed, Fire Blessed, and recently Ice Blessed too (I’m very excited about this!), to read for free on my Amazon Kindle App. You can find Crystin’s website here:

If you enjoyed this review, please give it a ‘like’ or leave a lovely comment down below. Happy reading!

– Judith

[BONUS] Read and Review: UNBLESSED by CRYSTIN GOODWIN #BookReview #Fantasy

[BONUS] Read and Review: UNBLESSED by CRYSTIN GOODWIN #BookReview #Fantasy
  • Title: UnBlessed
  • Published: 2015
  • Author: Crystin Goodwin
  • Started: Tuesday 14th June 2016
  • Finished: Tuesday 21st June 2016

My Photo [UnBlessed]

UnBlessed is a fantasy story set in the magical land of Myrillia. There is an ongoing rivalry between the Meliors, those who believe in Elements and can use special gifts once they are Blessed, and the Transeaturs, an allegedly savage race of mystical shape-shifters. The three main characters are Lucien (a Blessed Melior) Sebastian (a Transeatur) and Kisara, who unfortunately remains UnBlessed year after year, until she makes a shocking revelation.

Almost immediately, I noticed that UnBlessed had a remarkably similar format to the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. A young and attractive female protagonist realises she doesn’t quite fit the mould of the society in which she lives. She then finds herself torn between her feelings for two men from very different backgrounds, creating a love triangle*. However, whilst this structure may not appeal to everyone, it’s clearly a format that is successful within YA fiction. I thought it worked, and so I did not have a problem with Goodwin’s chosen format.

*For the record, I “ship” Kisara & Sebastian.

I really liked the description of Kisara; her eyes seem enchanted, and purples and blacks are my favourite colours. I could see her vividly in my mind, to the extent where I wished I was talented enough to draw what I can see, as a permanent reminder!

I also enjoyed the frequent use of magic and the power of the elements, which are classic motifs in many fantasy novels. The climax, and its action sequences, were particularly absorbing parts of the book so I was always desperate to find out what happened!

However, I really disliked the characters of Lucien and Dami. Lucien acted like a complete jerk for the majority of the book because he very controlling (and borderline abusive) towards Kisara. Dami was very energetic, but I just couldn’t keep up with her enthusiasm and I’m not sure what she added to the plot.

In addition, I think the plot twist at the end needed more build-up than Goodwin gave it. Although it made me want to start reading the sequel, Fire Blessed, as soon as possible, it felt somewhat rushed and left too many open ends at the same time.

If you’re a fan of YA fiction and fantasy, then I strongly recommend you read this book.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

UnBlessed is available to buy as an e-book or paperback from or


Thank you for reading!

This is another bonus ReadandReview post, although it is not a #RBRT post, because Crystin Goodwin is one of the Team Members too.  She kindly sent me UnBlessed, and Fire Blessed to read for free on my Amazon Kindle App. You can find Crystin’s website here:

If you enjoyed this review, please give it a ‘like’ or leave a lovely comment down below. Happy reading!

– Judith

This or That Tag

This or That Tag

Welcome to another Tag Tuesday! This is pretty much another Q&A style post.

This time, fellow blogger Hannah @ recommended I do this tag. I also read another This or That Tag post @, and found that both posts had used a bunch of different questions! I’ve picked my favourite 25 from the two posts.

Let’s get started!

1. Audio book or physical book?
Physical book! I just love the feel of holding books. I might be a bit biased though, as I’ve never tried out an audio book. I just don’t think I’d have the concentration to continually listen to one.

2. Paperback or hardback?
Paperback! Hardback books are nice, but they’re very expensive just for a tougher cover. I find paperback books “comfier” to sit and read with – hardbacks are very rigid, especially if they’re a big book. If I order a book though, and it just so happens to arrive as a hardback, I won’t complain.

3. Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction! Stories are so much more interesting and exciting. I’ve tried reading non-fiction books as part of my studies and it takes me so long to get through them. If any of you are avid non-fiction readers, please tell me how to “get into” them!

4. Fantasy or real life?
It depends. If I say I like the fantasy genre, I don’t want to be visualised as a fairy-loving, magical queen of darkness / hobbit wannabe! I have enjoyed some real life fiction, and I have enjoyed some fantasy fiction too. It very much depends on the subject and author.

5. Harry Potter or Twilight?
I’ve read both series, and definitely preferred the Harry Potter books! I’ve never reread the Twilight series, and I honestly can’t remember reading anything spectacular in Bella’s first-person narrative. If I wanted to relive the plot, I’d just watch the Twilight films instead.

6. Kindle, iPad, or other?

I don’t have a Kindle or an iPad, but I quite like the iBooks app available on the iPhone (and probably the iPad as well). I’m not a massive fan of E-readers, but it certainly helps me read giant novels (for free!) when I’m travelling around. My latest accomplishment was reading War and Peace every day on the train, which certainly wouldn’t be ideal if I had the physical book with me!

7. Borrow or buy?
I think I borrow more books than I buy. I’m not prepared to invest a lot of money in books which I have no idea if I will like or not, so I prefer to use libraries/friends/family to find some great reads! As I’m not really a “re-reader”, this works just fine for me. However, I do like to scout charity shops (I find Oxfam Books and Cancer Research UK always have a good selection) for any cheap novels I’m looking to read.

8. Bookstore or online?
I really love the atmosphere of bookshops, but there aren’t a great deal near to me without me having to pay for a lot of travel, and so I rarely make trips to bookstores. Because of this, I do find it a lot more exciting when I do get the chance to go! On the whole, I’m more likely to buy books from Amazon, as they have quite reasonable prices for second-hand books.

9. Trilogy or stand-alone series?
I like the idea of a trilogy, with a continuation of the story. However, few older novels adopt this because of how they were originally written (e.g. a chapter published a week in a newspaper). I have read Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, but haven’t got round to the rest of them yet (I’m not much of a “hobbit wannabe” after all then)! Modern novels really seem to “milk” the trilogy idea – especially Young Adult fiction – and it seems more like a money-making exercise than fulfilling a genuine need for 3 novels.

10. Monster read or short and sweet?
I like giant novels because I can work on them over time and it feels like an amazing challenge to complete when you finish reading it. Shorter books are okay, but I wouldn’t say they’re my favourite.

11. Romance or Action?
Neither! I prefer spooky/creepy/Gothic stuff, which can involve some action, but that’s not the primary focus.

12. Curl up nice and warm or sunbathing?
Curling up is the best! I love to read surrounded by blankets and be warm and cosy and relaxed, ready to read (unless I’m on the train of course, that would be odd!).

13. Hot chocolate or latte?
Neither! I’m a lover of tea (in the large quantities) and have a giant Sports Direct mug perfectly suited for that purpose

14. Read the review or decide your yourself?
I like to get a wide range of opinions of a book before reading. However, once I’ve finished the book I do like to think back to the reviews and opinions I’ve read/listened to and compare my own views with theirs.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks! I have a little range of freebie bookmarks or home-made ones. I don’t like folding pages over it looks so scruffy and is a permanent fold in the book too.

16. Alphabetise by author, title or other?
I alphabetise my books by the last name of the author, because it makes the most sense to me, and it’s the practice that libraries adopt too.

17. Keep the dust jacket or toss the dust jacket?
I read the hardback version of Jane Eyre, which has a dust jacket, and I couldn’t stand the dust jacket! I always remove the dust jackets when reading because it’s just a fiddly piece of paper, although I put it back on once I’ve finished reading the book. I would never throw them away.

18. Read with the dust jacket, or remove it?
See above!

19. Short story or novel?
Novel! They take longer to work through, and I’m rather fussy when it comes to short stories. I don’t think I’m too bad at writing them however – check out my short story White Winter Mist here:

20. Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
That’s a tough one! I like both series of books, and both have different writing styles and genres.

21. Stop reading when you’re tired or stop reading at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks! It’s easiest for remembering exactly where you got to. If I’m nowhere near the end of a chapter (some books I’ve read have individual of chapters 100+ pages) I’ll stop at a page or paragraph break.

22. “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
“It was a dark and stormy night”! I love connotations of spooky fiction and the Gothic genre.

23. Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
It depends. Cliffhangers only work if they’re well done. Sometimes I think a cliffhanger can be quite a lazy way to end the book – to create supposed “suspense” just because the writer couldn’t think of a decent and satisfying ending. On the whole, I’d say I prefer tidy endings.

24. Morning, afternoon, or evening reading?
I usually read in the morning (when commuting) and in the evening – both  when commuting and sat relaxing home.

And finally, (this isn’t a This or That question but it made me laugh when I saw it on Hannah’s blog):

25. Do you ever smell books?
I agree with Hannah – it isn’t weird!

Thank you for reading – if you have different interesting answers to these questions let me know in the comments. I tag:

  1. Drew @
  2. Orangutan Librarian @
  3. Shannon / Captivated By Fantasy @

If you want to do the This or That Tag yourself and I haven’t tagged you, feel free! Click ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ if you haven’t already to show lovely lovely support.

Until next time!

– Judith

Book Cover Challenge Day #3

Book Cover Challenge Day #3

Hello and welcome to Day #3 of my Book Cover Lover Challenge!

As it’s Day #3, I thought I would post 3 book covers (does that count as cheating somehow?) I wanted to post all 3 covers, because they’re all linked by the same motif – eyes. I’ll pop the picture just here, and you’ll see what I mean:


If you haven’t recognised these books already, they are the Forbidden Game Trilogy by L.J. Smith – who also wrote the Vampire Diaries series. First of all, I really loved these books – they’re one of the few series I have actually read multiple times. They were published by Scholastic in 1994, and if I had to assign them a genre, I would describe them as Young Adult/Horror. Although the target audience and characters are teenagers, the stuff that happens in these books is so creepy and scary. Pardon the cliché, but they literally kept me on the edge of my seat!

Anyway, this a Book Cover Lover Post, not a Read and Review post, so I’ll jump straight into why I love these covers!

They are all paperback books, with glossy covers and Spot UV on the Forbidden Game title – both on the cover and the spine. This makes them really shiny and accentuates Julian’s (the antagonist) icy blue eyes. In fact, the blue colour scheme is carried across all 3 books, giving them clear continuity. However, it’s a shame that #2 in the series (The Chase) has a bright orange cover. It’s foreshadows events in the plot (hint hint, fire!) but it does look somewhat of an oddball compared with #1 (The Hunter) and #3 (The Kill).

I picked up The Hunter in a charity shop somewhere and gradually collected the rest – probably via Amazon. I can honestly say, if it wasn’t for the bright colours and Spot UV technique, these books may not have caught my eye!

Have you read the Forbidden Game Trilogy? What did you think? Do you like the covers as much as I do? Let me know below!

Stay tuned for Day #4 of my Book Cover Lover Challenge!

– Judith