Hello Tuesday, we meet again. Weren’t you only here two days ago?
The weekends are over in the blink of an eye these days, more so than usual! Still, I look forward to Tuesday Top 5s and this week, courtesy of Shana at Bionic Bookworm, we have the Top 5 Books That Caused a Major Hangover.
Hangover is a bit of a difficult word for me to define because I never put a book down with a headache. The best way to describe my specific book-hangover is feeling like someone punched me right in the gut and then shoved me into the ocean for good measure. It’s that feeling you get when you’ve just had all the feels and now it’s over.
So here’s my Top 5!
1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This book is one of my all-time favourites but the first book in the All Souls Trilogy did leave my cup feeling both empty and over-eth-flowing. The romance between protagonist (and witch) Diana and love interest (and vampire) Matthew has solidified and all should be right with the world…right?
But at the end of this book, Diana and Matthew are on the verge of another adventure back to the 1500s. I’m sorry but you can’t leave a gal hanging like that. What do you mean I have to get the next book?
The hangover here was a longing to know what happened next and thankfully the next book was out by then. But I did have a long wait for book three!
2. The Night Raven
I haven’t long finished this book (check the review out here) and it was a rollercoaster for sure. Protagonist Lydia is part of a magical mob family in London, who has mostly stayed out of the family business thanks to her parents but is now getting slowly drawn back into things. That set me on edge for starters.
But the hangover came when the end of the book came, everything was wrapped up, but Lydia decided to stay and set up her own Private Investigation business with the help of the Crow family. No, Lydia, don’t do it!
Basically, I haven’t read the second book yet and I’m worried that Lydia is getting in over her head. I’m going to lose sleep over this poor lady’s future!
3. Huntress by Julie Hall
Another book that really made an impact, Huntress has all the feels (check the review out here). Dealing with your death and your new purpose in the afterlife is a tough ask of anyone and the whole book was pretty emotional. But when protagonist Audrey finds out how she dies, I just lost my mind. I cried so hard.
By the time I had finished this book, I was a wreck and the hangover lasted for ages. In fact, I can still feel it now. This is a never-ending hangover because I read the last page literally years ago. That’s the sign of an epic book and I’m almost scared to start book two in case it hurts even more than this one.
4. Larkspur by V.M. Jaskiernia
Another book I read years back but has stuck with me. Larkspur is actually quite a short read but it packs a punch, detailing a romance between a necromancer and his childhood sweetheart. (Check the review out here).
This book threw me for six, I had no idea what to do with my feelings on this one. The story is both tragic and endearing and I think that’s what made the feels stick for so long. It gives you a dark vibe but there’s still something heartfelt about it.
It’s a little bit haunting and fair warning, if you read this book, you don’t forget it quickly if at all.
5. The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
You’ll have seen a lot of this book lately because I’m so darned obsessed with it, (check the review out here). I won’t talk about the origins of this series because the review will explain but basically, Kyoshi is an underdog. Under appreciated, marginalised, pushed to the side. This book is all about how she discovers her powers, her potential and her destiny.
I connected a lot with Kyoshi who starts out as a bit of a wallflower, keeps to herself and doesn’t have many friends. But she discovers so much about herself as the story goes on and I loved it. The hangover part? Book two isn’t out until July 2020, a full year after book one was released. My head’s going to hurt for a long time.
Thanks for reading!