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By the time I post this, you’re probably already well aware of the global sensation that is Pokemon Go. This blog and other parts of my life have been 100% neglected in the name of catching them all. I thought I should combine my two loves of books and Pokemon in this one tag, and I want you to join me in spreading this across the lands!
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I don’t do many book tags, but my love of Pokemon has convinced me to do this one.
Although I don’t actually play Pokemon Go, I’ve owned and played (and completed, as much as you can ‘complete’ them) Pokemon Yellow, Crystal, Diamond, HeartGold, White, White 2, X, AlphaSapphire, Pokemon Ranger (including Shadows of Almia and Guardian Signs, man I wish they’d make a fourth one!) had a shot at a couple of the Mystery Dungeons but didn’t really like them, Rumble World, Rumble Blast, Shuffle, Pokemon Picross, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Battle Revolution, Pikachu’s Pokepark 1 & 2, and I am currently hugely enjoying Pokken Tournament. As an aside, I’m using Pikachu as my partner Pokemon for Pokken, and I use Pikachu when I play Smash Brothers as well!
I consider myself a fire trainer so I almost always choose a fire starter. When I played Gen 1, I had Pokemon Yellow which meant my starter was Pikachu. I have to confess, I’ve only raised one of these starters from mystery eggs in later Generations! If I HAD to choose a starter from these guys, I’d probably choose Squirtle, just to be different from my general ‘fire starter’ issue.
The book that started my love of reading was Enid Blyton’s Brer Rabbit tales. My dad used to read these to me as bedtime stories. I loved them! I loved how Brer Rabbit was so clever and outsmarted the bigger, more dangerous animals.
Pikachu is the mascot for Pokemon. I’m completely head over heels with him because I adore his voice actor. She’s the most talented at making him sound just the cutest little thing ever. I pretty much cry in the anime whenever Pikachu and Ash are separated and then reunited, and I love those little moments when Ash is petting or tickling his best buddy in the whole world and Pikachu just makes those sweet little ‘KAAAA!’ noises. Pikachu is my second favourite Pokemon after Vulpix/Ninetales.
Unlike some people, I’m not deluded into thinking Wuthering Heights is a romance. It’s a gothic novel about the terrible things people do to each other in the name of love, but it’s not romantic. It is, however, beautifully written, with incredible characters and is a classic that I’ll always love.
I’ve heard zubats are ridonkulously common in Pokemon Go. In my experience of the other games, when I run into them in caves, I either try to raise my Pokemon’s speed stats by engaging them in battle, or if my Pokemon is an inferior type, I’ll just run away. They are so annoying with their stupid Supersonic move!
The books I’ve lost interest in because they are literally EVERYWHERE are anything by John Green or Cassandra Clare. I mean, I wasn’t interested in reading them in the first place, but I seriously just can’t escape them.
Dittos are useful for breeding rare Pokemon. As I’m not really a breeder, I’m not that interested in them.
Maria Snyder’s Healer series was strangely reminiscent of her Poison Study series but that’s what I loved about it. They both have very similar female leads who are rare because of their magical ability. They both star totally hot kinda bad-boy but totally dangerous love interests who don’t see eye to eye with the female main character. They both have big scary villains with ambitious desires. They both have a pair of light relief best friends who are part of the male love interest’s ‘group’. They’re both this kind of fantasy that’s not medieval-based but is still fantasy. I think Snyder at some point said she wanted soap but not telephones, that kind of thing. So there are some fantasy elements and also, strangely enough, some dystopian elements in both series. And ALL of the books have breathtakingly beautiful covers.
I’ve read that Snorlax makes a really good ‘tank’ in a regular six-Pokemon line-up, but since I work on minimal weaknesses, speed, and power, I’ve never actually trained one!
I’m going to include the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer as a book series I haven’t started because it’s just so big. I have read Cinder, but similar to the Harry Potter series the books just keep getting bigger and bigger. Winter is over 800 pages! The size of those books just intimidate me. I probably should find a Pokeflute before I attempt them!
I’ve raised a Ghastly to a Haunter before, but you need to trade to turn Haunter into Gengar. I think I managed it once. I’m not really a ghost trainer, I much prefer to focus on the elements (water, fire, flying, electric) so it was a nice challenge for me! I try to make each team different because I want to try everything.
I’m generally pretty strict with my bed time because I still needs loads of sleep and if I don’t get enough I tend to doze off during the day (I don’t drink coffee). I think the last book that kept me up until past my bed time was Dark Horses by Cecily von Ziegesar. Funnily enough, it tends to be thrillers that keep me up because I want to know the answers!
I’ve never raised a Nidoking or Nidoqueen either! I’m a bad trainer. I don’t really like Poison types because they tend to be slower fighters and I like to go in with powerful one-hit KOs.
My bookish OTP is Fire and Brigan from Kristen Cashore’s Fire. No questions about it. I love the anti-Beauty-and-the-Beast kind of thing it does, with Fire being monstrously beautiful but Brigan finding her beastly to begin with. I really need to re-read this book! I miss those two.
I mentioned earlier I think of myself as a fire trainer, and I have a soft spot for these pony-inspired Pokemon. I’ve raised a Rapidash from a Ponyta before, but I tend to find that Pokemon with three evolutions better suit my needs, they’re more powerful in the end with better stats. One move Rapidash has that I find useful is ‘Bounce’. It’s super annoying for any opponent.
I recently read A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. I thought this was a YA fantasy when I reviewed it, but it’s not. It’s a very sexy adult fantasy that had me flipping the pages for more. I really enjoyed it and my review will be out in a couple of weeks.
I love Eevee and the Eevee-loutions! Once upon a time I assigned an Eevee-lution to my closest friends. This was back when it was only Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Glacion, Leafion, Espeon and Umbrion. I was Espeon and the man I married was my Umbrion! I can’t actually choose which Eevee-lution is my favourite. I’d love to have a team of them one day!
A series I’ll never get sick of seeing spin-offs for is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I loved Bloodlines and I want another spin-off about Angelina and the human vampire hunters, the Warriors of Light, because not everything was wrapped up at the end of Bloodlines, and I wonder if Mead left it that way on purpose to come back later and fill us in.
Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.
Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut.
Maria V Snyder is my auto-buy author. I adore everything she’s written.
My favoruites out of the legendary birds is probably Articuno. I know I’m a fire trainer, but I’m still drawn to icy/cold tings because of the colour scheme: case in point, I have a bunch of Frozen memorobilia despite not being that obsessed with the film.
I’ve been trying to get better about hype. It’s hard to tell what’s ‘overhyped’ because it’s just, you know, people and their opinions. I think the books I’ll pick for this will be the Lumatere Chronicles. It’s way hyped as being totes awesome among Aussie book bloggers, but I’m still interested in reading it.
Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder. According to Goodreads, I added this to my to-reads list on June 1, 2013. It’s not due to be published until January 31st, 2017.
People always make fun of Magikarp. I just don’t get it. They evolve into Gyarados, which is one of the scariest and most powerful non-legendary Pokemon in the games.
I didn’t really enjoy Sarah J Maas’ assassin book series Throne of Glass (though I am determined to read them all one day!), but I was sure it was only because I couldn’t stand the main character, Celaena ‘I’m so beautiful and tragic’ Sardothian. When I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, also by Maas, I actually really enjoyed it!
I caught MewTwo at the end of Pokemon Yellow. I’ve never used him to battle. I feel kinda bad, because he’s so sentient he can even communicate using words with humans. Given the choice, I’d do what Ash does for Pikachu and let him out of his Pokeball. He’d probably murder me, though.
A collector’s edition I’m kicking myself over missing out on it the Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics.
I tag my co-blogger and fellow Pokemon-lover Taneika! I also tag anyone who reads this post and also wishes to participate!