Long, long ago I was tagged by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate to do this amazing How To Train Your Dragon book tag! And it’s perfect because I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that movie. Toothless is sooo cute. I want a plushy of him 😀
Thanks so much for tagging me Sophie! If you haven’t already, please go check out her amazing post for this cute little tag.
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Hiccup started out as a failure to his people. He wasn’t adept at dragon killing. Suddenly, he knows the ins and outs of the creatures he is supposed to despise. He becomes popular, and in turn he tries to use his fame to create an alliance between the humans and the dragons. In the end, he changes the minds and hearts of everyone in Berk.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Mar. First attempt: Hated it. Couldn’t stand the characters. Didn’t even get past the first few chapters. Second attempt: Thought the story was okay, but the characters still dragged. Third attempt: Decided the characters weren’t all that bad and that it had potential. Decided I’d finish the series. I’m not in LOVE with this book, but after a few tries, I decided that I actually liked it quite a bit and that the series as a whole was pretty enjoyable.
Astrid is the fierce female viking. She is strong and smart, the perfect contender to be a dragon killer. She is suspicious of Hiccup and eventually discovers his secret. Once she sees the beauty in and of the dragons, she is usually by Hiccup’s side. She stands for her beliefs and helps her friend to the very end.
I’m glad to say that there are so many strong female character in YA nowadays that it’s really hard to choose! Some of my recent favorites are:
Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King, Lada from And I Darken, Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic, and both Nina and Inej from Six of Crows.
Oh….and Feyre. Can’t forget Feyre.
Stoick the Vast. He is the leader of the vikings of Berk. He is strong, determined, and caring. He can be thoughtless, but he does feel responsible for his people. He loves his family. After a while, he sees reason and recognizes his son’s greatness. He is a proud man, but he is even more proud of his son in the end.
I’d usually go for a YA author or character, but can we just take a moment to honor this guy?
I mean, the man is one incredible author. I’ll admit I’m not a HUGE fan of his works, but I can definitely respect him. He’s been writing book after book for decades now and it seems he has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
Valka goes out on her own to live with the dragons. She knows untold secrets and comes out of nowhere in the second movie. She sees the world in a different light, like her son. Nowadays, most books are a part of a series. Authors have a hard time containing their words and creative worlds = lucky us!
I’m not sure if this means standalone, indie, or self-published book. Either way, I’ll go with the same answer as Sophie:
Angelfall by Susan Ee. Even though I’d heard so many good things about this series I hadn’t expected it to be THAT good.
Gobber is loyal and funny. He is a teacher, friend, blacksmith, and so much more. He supports Stoick and Valka, Hiccup, and all others. “He’s a bit gruff, but his heart is always in the right place.” (credit) If you were Gobber, which book characters would you ship?
Too many. I have too many OTPs to answer this question. For today I guess I’ll say:
Monty and Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. They’re my newest OTP and I love them so SO much ❤ ❤
Snotlout is impulsive. He speaks his mind and does what he wants. He is rude and also flirty. If he was a book lover, I’m sure he would buy a book because of an enticing cover, intriguing synopsis, or just because he can. Is there a book that you bought simply because?
Magonia by Marie Dehvana Headley. The cover was lovely and the premise was really interesting. Bought it on the spot about two years ago. Kind of regret it to this day. Haven’t read past chapter one and I don’t think I ever will…
Family and friends are the most important aspect in one’s life. Sometimes the representations in books are optimal (while other times the representation is non-existent). Books can contain perfect, desirable relationships that we all want to be a part of, so choose a book with a family or friend bond that you wish were real in your own life.
I would do anything, ANYTHING, to be part of the Blackthorn family.
Fishlegs is intelligent. He knows dragons by the book, and by the book only. He inspires knowledge in himself and in others. As with Fishlegs, sometimes books make one want to learn something new, research a new topic, try a new experience, or go somewhere exciting. Name a book that makes you want to expand you horizons.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory made me want to research Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn (King Henry VIII’s second wife). I find history fascinating and so I’m always thankful when I pick up a book that inspires me to spend more time looking into the past.
Toothless is a Night Fury. He is the only one left of his kind, making him extremely rare. He is loyal, fast, intelligent, and cute. Find the bookish equivalent to Toothless, a novel that is not read too often/under-hyped that you adore.
I have the same answer as Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages! The Iron Butterfly is the first book in an amazing fantasy trilogy by Chanda Hahn. I really enjoyed this series, and it hurts my heart that not many people know about it.
Those in the Boulder Class are solid and resilient. Meatlug in particular is tough, obstinate, slow, and lazy. Sometimes it is hard to pick up the motivation one needs to complete a task. Other times, there are bumps in the road, rocky obstacles that get in one’s way. Despite the struggle, we have to rise about the challenge and persevere.
I feel like I can put any YA protagonist here….Today I’ll give the award to Simon from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. He endured blackmail, ridicule, discrimination, and all sorts of drama. And despite it all, he managed to push through and come out better than before.
Not much is known about the Mystery Class, hence the name. Dragons in this class are cunning and stealthy making them feared above the others. Barf and Belch are a part of this conundrum. While they share one body, each head has it’s own personality. To be effective they must work together.
Honestly, the mystery from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco was pretty easy to figure out, but the book itself is still very engaging! Can’t wait to see what mystery will be waiting for us in the sequel.
“Sharp Class dragons are vain and prideful, and they all possess sharp body parts.” (credit) These dragons are sleek and shine, honor and self-respect. They are beautiful and graceful with their pointed limbs and they know it.
It can be argued that Celaena Sardothien is just very confident in her beauty and skill, but it can also be argued that she is also pretty vain.
Stoker dragons are small and unruly. They can literally set themselves on fire making them hotheaded. This class is an explosion in a tiny package. Find a book that is small, in physical size or page number, that is full of action, mystery, or willful characters.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour is 230 or so pages of meaningful action and contemplation. This little book packs an emotional punch that will either have you in tears or inspire you to really look at the world with new eyes. Highly recommend.
Rare, powerful, inflexible, and loyal. These are some of the descriptor words for a dragon in the Strike Class. More prominent traits of the Strike Class also include blazing speed, cleverness, strength, and navigation. They are very rare, but very mighty. They are like a wild mustang horse: hard to train but loyal in the end.
I’m a speed reader so I usually read books faster than I probably should. But I was really shocked by my own ability to finish this one:
A Court of Mist of Fury (626 pages) in one sitting, within a day, specifically in under 12 hours….It was so good, I just couldn’t stop.
As the title suggests, Tigal dragons are associated with water, specifically the ocean. Those in this class are usually larger than most other classes. Water can be soothing, but not with dragons. For most book lovers, we enjoy a relaxing read near the water (as long as your book doesn’t get wet). For dragons, find a book that matches their habitat in setting.
Daughter of the Pirate King takes place almost entirely on a ship. Good thing, too. Would would a book about pirates be without the ocean?
“Natural born hunters, Tracker Class dragons have a highly acute sense of smell or taste that enables them to track down and find things.” (credit) Sadly, we humans are not trackers. There are some forms of books that are hard to find, like versions from other countries, special editions, hardcopy VS. paperback, ARCs, and more. Like Stormfly, these books are a torturing “mix of beauty and brutality.”
It’s not that hard to find a book that’s already been released. All you gotta do is go on Amazon or some other online bookstore and order. But if you’re like me and trying to save money, you might rely on the library instead. And so, there are some books that might be a little harder to find. Like this one:
I really want to read TimeKeeper by Tara Sim, but I can’t find it anywhere in my library! And so now I’m tempted to just buy it…
There is a lack of knowledge about these dragons, so they have not yet been classified. They could be sorted in the future, but until then they are stuck in the shadows of information. Like debut authors and their books, they are new and haven’t had quite as much publicity and appearances in the book world to be fully understood.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody will be the author’s first novel and I’m so desperate to read it. Carnivals/circuses, magic, and murder mysteries are three of my favorite things in literature. So, this book already has me hooked. Fingers crossed that it’s good!
Dragons don’t like smoked eel of lunch. They flinch and cower from the striped delicacy. Like the eel, there are some books that people just won’t touch. It could be because of a passionately harsh fandom or because you don’t want the next book to ruin your experience with the previous. There are many reasons not to read a certain book, and while people will try to persuade you to pick it up, it is your choice to decide what you will read.
I tried to read Shatter Me last year but I had to stop a few pages in. The prose just wasn’t for me and the characters weren’t all that relatable. I don’t think I’ll ever give it another try, to be honest…
Because this tag is soooo long, I’ve run out of energy (and the motivation) to tag anyone. I’m sorry 😦 But, if you’re reading this and have made it this far, consider yourself tagged!
Have fun y’all! ❤
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