Cats is without a doubt the most important musical in my life.
Cats is the musical that introduced me to musical theatre, its composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and his ex-wife Sara Brightman, who to this day is still one of my favourite singers. At one point I watched the 2000 filmed cast video every single day for about three months. I appeared in an amateur production of Cats once, and when I finally saw a professional production live I simply cried and cried from being so overwhelmed. You can see the review for the 2016 Australian tour here.
So obviously Cats is very special to me and I’m excited to do the book tag created by MackieReadings on Booktube!
I’m going with the classic Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter by JK Rowling. He’s easy to hate. He murders people with no qualms and even tried to kill a baby. He altered his appearance to look more snake-like. He’s obsessed with immortality and blood purity and even stylises himself as a ‘Lord.’ What an ass.
I’m picking the beloved Chubs from Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds. He’s charismatic in a nerdy kind of way, way too smart for his own good (literally), and everyone seems to like him.
I’m picking Patch from Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush quartet. Patch is a fallen angel, and to return to Heaven (I think) he has to murder an innocent girl. Pity he’s sexually attracted to her and in the body of a teen boy, because those hormones make for interchangeable death threats and sexytimes, like pinning a girl to a bed and telling her you want to stab her and then kissing her… and of course she likes it because she thinks it’s romantic.
Patch basically makes me want to vomit and is the epitome of everything I hate about male love interests in YA, but for some reason a lot of readers rank him as a book boyfriend. Ew!
I’m going with Ari and Janco from Maria V Snyder’s Study series. This inseperable duo are Valek’s loyal right-hand men, his best spies and warriors, and will always put Yelena’s safety before their own. Although they come as a pair, Ari is big, soft-hearted, and a natural leader, whereas Janco is sarcastic, quick as a rabbit, and good at solo missions. I love these guys.
I think my favourite book featuring a war is Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. We see it from the point of view of a bunch of rebel refugees, and our main character Meira experiences what it’s like to be one of the enslaved people.
I have to nominate two books for this: the first is Entwined by Heather Dixon, that left me on a book high for several months after reading it, and the other is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, which is just simply one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read.
I really tried to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman seeing as how it’s one of my husband’s favourite books, but I really struggled with it and ended up abandoning it. I’m going to watch the TV show with him though, because I think the story makes for a better visual medium.