This month’s tag comes courtesy of Living One Day @ A Time. I did the original Disney Princess Book Tag well over a year ago, and given my undying love of everything Disney I thought I’d have a stab at the second version. All the answers to the questions in this particular tag come from books I’ve read throughout 2017.
1. Snow White: A character that has unwavering optimism through the entire novel
Lyra Belacqua – Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Lyra is one of the fiercest heroines I’ve ever read in fiction, and the fact that she is just a child is even more impressive. She knows right from wrong, but that doesn’t necessarily stop her from making mistakes. She’s simply not afraid of getting into trouble which I love.
2. Cinderella: A character who goes through a major transformation
Flora Banks – The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Flora has severe amnesia; every morning she wakes up forgetting everything that has happened since she was a small child, but then something happens and she has a new memory. Cue major transformation.
3. Aurora: A story whose main characters are separated for a large amount of time
The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James
Romy is the solo traveller aboard a spaceship, but when a new mission is launched with J on board, Romy quickly develops a friendship with her soon to be partner.
4. Ariel: A character who makes a large sacrifice for those they love
Jess – We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
Starting out as a selfish and arrogant teenager, when Jess meets immigrant Nico the two quickly form an unlikely friendship. When their plans turn sour, Jess makes a significant sacrifice to save her friend.
5. Belle: A character who is seen as an outcast in their story
Callie Rose McGregor – Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
In a world where being the “correct” race is of primary importance, when Callie Rose is born as neither a Nought or a Cross, she is immediately ostracised by all races.
6. Jasmine: A character who is imprisoned in their story
Jared Stone – Life In A Fishbowl by Len Vlahos
When Jared is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, he decides to take his life into his own hands and auctions his body on the internet in a bid to assure financial security to his family. This leads him to become imprisoned at the hands of his “purchaser.”
7. Pocahontas: A historical fiction that has your heart/interest
Don Juan by Lord Byron
Given that this is the only piece of (even remotely) historical fiction that I’ve read this year, take this answer with a pinch of salt. That being said, Juan is certainly a character!
8. Mulan: A character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Amanda Hardy – If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda, born Andrew, is a transgender teenager forced to confront her true identity in a new town, and surrounded by new friends.
9. Tiana: A book that features realistic struggles
Ask The Passengers by A.S. King
Astrid is a teenager who is questioning her sexuality. Intent on not being placed unceremoniously into a defined category, she faces a struggle similar to many young (and not so young) people.
10. Rapunzel: A book that you think would make a great musical
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
Musicals should, in my opinion, be full of fun and laughter and I can’t think of a funnier novel than Bridget Jones. Who wouldn’t want to see Bridget singing and dancing in her granny knickers?!
11. Merida: A book that has no love interest
The Martian by Andy Weir
Given that Mark is stuck on the Mars on his own, there’s not a lot of romantic options for him. Saying that, there is a small romance between two crew members, but it is hardly prominent, and being stuck in space for months/years would probably lead you to those closest to you.
12. Anna and Elsa: A book that revolves around sisters
Blackbird by N.D. Gomes
When Olivia disappears without warning, her sister Alex leads the investigation to find her. This novel is heavily character driven (at least in my opinion, given I figured out the mystery early on), which is refreshing in YA.
13. Moana: A book that is diverse
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Both the main characters in this novel are from minorities, and they are absolutely wonderfully developed. I adore this book.
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