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The Perfect Book Tag

I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian a while back to do the Perfect Book Tag, and as I’m struggling right now with drafting my own book (blerghhhh), what better way to procrastinate than by dreaming of the perfect book I’d like to write, rather than actually writing the damn thing? 😉

The Perfect Genre

pick a book that perfectly represents its genre

I’m going to go ahead and pick horror, because I think it’s a genre that gets passed over a lot of times, and there are so many hidden gems in the genre–like one of my absolute favorite reads last year, Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé!

The Perfect Setting

pick a book that takes place in a perfect place

This one’s easy–the Downside trilogy by S.L. Grey, especially the mall setting in the The Mall, has some of my favorite world-building of all time. Just whimsical horror perfection.

The Perfect Main Character

pick the perfect main character

Gotta be Sookie Stackhouse from the Southern Vampires series–she’s just so smart, down-to-earth, and an overall badass.

The Perfect Best Friend

loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever

Ooh, this is a hard one. I’m getting the sense that many of my favorite books involve loner main characters? XD I’m going to go with Eliza Tricklebank’s BFFs in The Princess Plan, Caro and Hollis. I adored their friendship, and their close dynamic makes me really excited for the forthcoming books in this series.

The Perfect Love Interest

pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner

Has to be King Zachary from the Green Rider series. I’ve wanted him and Karrigan to officially get together for like six years.

The Perfect Villain

pick a character with the most sinister mind

I will forever hate-love Professor Umbridge–she’s my ultimate villain.

The Perfect Family

pick a perfect bookish family

I’m going with all the sisters from Wildwood Dancing. I am such a sucker for sister stories, and I love MCs with big, boisterous families.

The Perfect Animal or Pet

pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book

Has to be a dog, and let’s make it the fantastical, magical Disreputable Dog from Lirael.

The Perfect Plot Twist

pick a book with the best plot twist

Not going to give anything away, obviously, but the plot twist in Lock Every Door just floored me.

The Perfect Trope

pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking

Slooooooow buuuuuuuurn~~~~~~~ See above: Zachary and Karrigan lol.

The Perfect Cover

pick that cover that you would easily put on your own book

If this were truly fantasy land and I could have any cover I want, I’d get a custom illustration by Leo and Diane Dillon. I’ve been a mega-fan of their artwork ever since I was a little kid and read Wise Child by Monica Furlong.

The Perfect Ending

pick a book that has the perfect ending

I’m going with another one of my great loves, Sunshine by Robin McKinley. The ending is desperate, it’s All The Things Go Boom, and the denouement blends the reality of picking up the pieces with an ambiguous ending that promises more. (The best and most achingly difficult part of Sunshine, I’ve always thought, is that there is no sequel.)


All right, so who’s going to write this book then? I’ll be the first one in line to read it. XD

Also, I tag everyone in this post! This is such a fun, unique tag, and I’d like to read everybody’s answers. 🙂

ARC: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Lock Every Door debuts July 2nd.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager was a binge-it-in-two-days type of read. This is the book you should have in your tote to read on the beach—an addictive and thrilling read that kept my nose glued to the page right up until the end. It’s also a rare specimen of book that advertises itself as having potential paranormal elements and manages to keep you guessing on that front far into the book. There are tons of books where the main character thinks, hmm, this place might be haunted, but it’s obvious to readers that that’s not the case. Not so here. (And I’m not giving anything away! Are there ghosts afoot in the MC’s bizarro apartment building or is everything rooted in the real world? You’ll have to read and see!)

The premise of the book is that a woman down on her luck (laid off, cheating boyfriend, finances in a downward spiral) manages to snag a gig where she gets paid to live in a ritzy, vacant NYC apartment. But, of course, everything is not as it seems, and things get spooky real quick. I was getting serious Rosemary’s Baby vibes throughout, due to the creepy New York apartment high-rise coupled with the young female MC.

I do feel obligated to mention that I picked up on two reveals far before they came. However, the full nature of the overarching plot reveal took me very much by surprise, while at the same time being very satisfying—the surprise is just that, surprising, while still managing to preserve suspension of disbelief. I highly recommend Lock Every Door, and I’m looking forward to reading more books by the author.


A small aside—if you haven’t seen the book trailer for Specter yet, check it out! Specter debuts July 7th, and the paperback and ebook are available for preorder at all major retailers and from Hidden Bower Press.