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  • Writer's pictureKristina Elyse Butke

The Fantasy Tropes Book Tag

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Greetings, readers!

I found this fun book tag post from And On She Reads and thought since I've been reading lots of fantasy lately (though limiting it to YA), I could do one of these, too!


  • Mention the creator ( one’s peculiar )

  • Answer the questions

  • Tag as many people as you like


1 – The Lost Princess

A book/series you lost interest in halfway through.

There was a book I DNF'd at almost the exact halfway point. I thought it took far too long for characters to be introduced and for the main plot point to occur--where the sister gets pulled into another world and the main character has to travel through it to save her. Exactly half of the book was setup and I completely lost the will to continue. Arguably I abandoned it at the best part but the rest of my TBR pile was screaming for attention so I gave up and picked out another book instead.

2 – The Knight in Shining Armour

A hyped book/series you were swept up by.

Holly Black's Folk of the Air series is rightfully hyped. I have a love-hate relationship with the books (The Cruel Prince, The Wicked Queen, The Queen of Nothing, and How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories). There were so many things I loved in them, and then so many things that bothered me, too. But I found the series enthralling and I couldn't put it down.

3 – The Wise Old Wizard

An author who amazes you with his/her writing.

Margaret Rogerson. I loved An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. Her prose is effortless and immediately throws me into the story and I've adored her plots and characters, so much that there were moments reading where I thought, "this is so cool. I wish I could write this." I'm looking forward to her forthcoming book Vespertine to see how she'll surprise me.

4 – The Maiden in Distress

An undervalued character you wished had a bigger storyline.

In What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo, the whole family is a bit dysfunctional and mysterious, but out of everyone I wanted to know more about her werewolf grandfather. I just thought he was interesting and I wanted to know more. Actually, reading that book, which I would give three stars to because it was interesting but frustrating, most of the characters were a mystery to me the whole way through. Out of all of them, though, I wanted to know more about the grandfather.

5 – The Magical Sword

A magical item/ability you wish authors used less.

Surprisingly enough I haven't run into a power that I felt was overused yet.

6 – The Mindless Villain

A phrase you cannot help but roll your eyes at.

"Scrambled for purchase." I've seen this phrase or variations of it in a lot of YA fantasy.

7 – The Untamed Dragon

A magical creature you wish you had as a pet.

Does a demon count? I'd like to take care of Silas from Sorcery of Thorns. He is a cat from time to time, so I think it's ok.

8 – The Chosen One

A book/series you will always root for.

I really enjoyed Brigid Kemmerer's Cursebreakers series (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, and A Vow So Bold and Deadly). I love Beauty and the Beast adaptations of all kinds, but this series went far beyond that into something I found totally unique. The books are told from multiple first-person POVs which I think authors don't often pull off successfully, but Kemmerer did. Though I enjoyed all the characters, I've got a soft spot for Grey.


I hate tagging people, to be honest. So I hope that YOU can participate in this, either in the comments or on your own blog. Let me know what books make your heart beat faster!


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