a3 winter troupe | book tag

by - 9:30 AM

Hello friends - I apologize for missing Wednesday's post this week! I didn't have time over the weekend to draft and Monday/Tuesday ended up being super busy. For today, I wanted to do a fun tag created by my friend Juri over at Tomes and Thoughts! I didn't know anything about A3 or the Mankai Company Troupe but Juri has been sharing so much love for this series all over Twitter.

Juri was super kind as to tag me as well so be sure to check out her original post which include the questions for all the seasonal troupes. I'm thinking about revisiting this in the future so I can answer all the questions as well.


the forest of stolen girls by june hur
This gorgeous book comes out April 20, 2021 and I have been in love with its cover since its reveal on Twitter. If you read my second Blogmas post, you'll know that haven't actually read anything by June Hur yet but her debut The Silence of Bones is super high on my tbr. The Forest of Stolen Girls follows Hwani who returns to her hometown after the disappearance of her father who was investigating a recent stream of kidnappings. In order to do so, she must reconnect with her estranged sister who, years ago, was also kidnapped under the same gruesome circumstances.

night of cake and puppets by laini taylor
My go-to hangover fix-it is 100% cake specifically chocolate cake though black sesame is a close second. The iconic character that is basically inseparable from chocolate, in my mind, is Zuzanna from the The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. This little novella explores her first date with Mik and I smiled like an idiot the entire time while reading. Even though I've only read it once at this point, I know it'll be a book I turn to when I'm falling deep into a hangover.

the queen of the tearling by erika johansen
I gave this book so many chances and each time I wanted desperately to love it, but in the end it was honestly just so boring to me. I didn't care at all for the main character or her struggles, the world didn't interest me, and even the antagonist is easily forgettable. If I wasn't reading this for a readathon and didn't set up a daily chapter schedule, I don't think I would have ever made it to the end.

september love by lang leav
I've completed a total of three poetry collections - one I wasn't a fan of, one I mention every time there's a poetry related question, and September Love. While this isn't one of my favorites, it fits the question because I definitely enjoyed reading this collection. There are specific lines that stand out to me, poems that seem to mirror my own thoughts, and overall captured the feelings of growing up, experiencing love, and finding your passion.

spin the dawn by elizabeth lim
This is one of my favorite YA fantasy duologies and one of the main reasons is because Elizabeth Lim beautifully paints the world of A'landi and its surroundings. The writing is essentially, ethereal especially in the second half of the novel which follows Maia's journey to make the dresses made from the laughter of the sun, the tears off the moon, and the blood of stars.

the infernal devices by cassandra clare
I kid you not when I say this is the only book that came to mind. I didn't want to take Juri's answer which was Crier's War by Nina Varela (also on my tbr) and I could only think of the automatons from this trilogy. My sister read my copies over the summer and has been on a Shadowhunters binge so the characters, plots, etc. are fresh in my mind. I watched a couple of robot movies growing up that were probably not intended for my age at the time which low-key scarred me so seeing the word "robots" in a book description was always a turn-off, but I didn't expect to literally have nothing come to mind. 😂

It's been a while since I've done a tag and I loved scouring through Goodreads to find the answers. Like I mentioned above, be sure to check out Juri's original post and I'll definitely be revisiting this in the future to answer the rest of the tag questions!

Are you an A3 fan? Who is your favorite Winter Troupe member and what's your answer to their corresponding question?

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  1. Ahh it's been forever since I did a book tag! I might do one soon just for the heck of it :) I am also really excited to read The Forest of Stolen Girls in 2021-- I received a digital ARC of it recently, so I need to carve out some time to read it ASAP. Also, I need to check out Night of Cake and Puppets! I remember reading Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bones series years ago (I don't even remember... was it 2010? 2012? omg), I had no idea that she had other books out!

    claire @ clairefy

    1. Tags are super fun, I never realize how much I miss it until I do one! Ahh if you enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone definitely check out Zuzanna's novella, it s literally all sugar and adorableness - pure chocolate of a book 😂 ooh please let me know what you think of The Forest of Stolen Girls, I'm so excited for its release!

  2. I read The Queen of the Tearling a few years back and I agree--it is a bit boring. I think that is the reason I have not continued with the series. And I do not read a lot of robot kind of books either, so TID is probably the only one I have read. And maybe Cinder? But I did not enjoy that one. Awesome tag!

    1. I really wanted to love The Queen of the Tearling because it was so hyped up (and lowkey cause the cover is really pretty) 😂 I can't believe I forgot Cinder! It's been so long since I read those books!!

  3. I recently got The Silence of Bones in the mail so I'm excited to read that soon! The cover for Forest of Stolen Girls is absolutely lovely, though! I also have to agree with you on The Queen of the Tearling, too. I couldn't finish the book because I was bored out of my mind, which is totally a shame because I was intrigued by the synopsis, too.

    (Also thank you for participating in this tag, Riv! I had fun reading your answers, too~!)

    1. Thank you for the tag Juri! Ooh please let me know what you think of The Silence of Bones, I desperately need to read it ASAP!