It’s Wyrd & Wonder month so I’m going to do a fantasy version of the Bookish Memory Check, another chance for me to see exactly how bad my memory is and pretend it’s funny instead of worrying.
- Go to your Goodreads ‘fantasy’ + ‘read’ shelf
- Sort by random
- Test your memory on the top five books
Beastly (Beastly, #1; Kendra Chronicles, #1) by Alex Flinn
What I remember:
It’s Beauty and the Beast retelling and I was very disappointed. I’m pretty sure there’s was a TV show with Vanessa Hudgens and some british actor but I never watched it.
“I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.“
This blurb doesn’t tell me much I didn’t know. It’s a guy who’s a beast and he needs to break the spell, that’s exactly what’s expected of this tale.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
What I remember:
My favorite Murakami book. Can’t tell you much else.
I have very clear memories of enjoying this book and being amazed at how great it is, but the details? Nope. Let’s try though.
I think there was a guy with an unusual brain and there was some kind of quest he had to do and he took two other people. Or maybe they paid him to. I don’t know.
“In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan’s most popular (and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is simultaneously cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.”
Pretty vague blurb. Time for a re-read.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan
What I remember:
Percy Jackson is a 12 year old kid who finds out that his dad is actually Poseidon and he gets sent to a camp for demigods. I remember Annabeth, daughter of Athena I think and I can’t quite recall the name of the best friend ugh. But they have adventures and fight gods basically. I’ve only ever read the first book, but I plan on reading the whole series before the new show starts.
“Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.”
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6) by Richelle Mead
What I remember:
The disappointment. I remember how unhappy I was with the way the series ended, I thought this was the worst of the six books. I can’t remember the details (shocking, right?) but I have vague memories of some kind of cure for one particular kind of vampires, I think Rose somehow saves her parents or something like that. I do remember that she ended up with an older Russian guy (Dimitri maybe?) and my favorite ship crashed and burned. There was another series with Adrian, one half of the superior ship, but I read the first book and didn’t care for more.
“Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?”
Hm, nothing about a cure. Maybe I mistook it for a different book?
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare
What I remember:
I read the first three TMI books during a horrible week and they were the perfect escape, fun YA fantasy books, but that was a long time ago. I’m trying to remember the names of the characters: Alec, Magnus, ??? I think main guy was Jace and I can’t remember the main girl’s name at all. Fuck, that’s frustrating.
I think the main two characters spend most of this book believing they’re related. I never believed it for a second, I didn’t think Cassie Clare would actually go there so I just enjoyed the drama and the pining. I keep mixing up memories from the show with memories from the book which makes this exercise even more difficult. They all lived in a big house full of Shadowhunters and trained there. They trained in case of a war with… someone. There was some issue with the main, uh, council of shadowhunters? This is not working, time to check the blurb.
“Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?”
Clary! Her name is Clary! Also Simon exists, I forgot about him. Oh well.
I think this is my least successful Bookish Memory Check so far… But I had fun and now I want to re-read everything on the list except Beastly.