The Book Blogger Memory Challenge Tag

Hey bookies! This is the Book Blogger Memory Challenge. If you’re wanting to do this tag, here’s the questions before my answers, so you’re not tempted to copy mine:

  1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
  2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
  3. Name a book about a character called George.
  4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
  5. Name a book set in Australia.
  6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
  7.  Name a book with a knife on the cover.
  8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title
  9. Name a book with a eponymous title.
  10. Name a book turned into a movie.

Ready?

Set?

Here are my answers!

  1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
Gone (Gone, #1)

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)

3. Name a book about a character called George.

Curious George

4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

The Awakening / The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)

5. Name a book set in Australia.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in Australia…

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters Book 1) by [Rebecca Schaeffer]
it’s a scalpel but whatever a knife is a knife as long as you use it like one

8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title

For One More Day

9. Name a book with a eponymous title.

Nope can’t.

10. Name a book turned into a movie.

Dune (2021) - IMDb

The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Bone of Ruin

Author: Sarah Raughley

Book Series: The Bones of Ruin Book 1

Diversity: Black MC, Salvadorian side character, LGBTQIA side characters and villains

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: young adult, fantasy, circus, secret society, all out fight

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Mcelderry Books

Pages: 477

Recommended Age: 15+ (Gore, Violence, Racism, Racist language, Human Auction, Human exhibits, PTSD, Death, Police brutality)

Explanation of CWs: Lots of gore and violence. Racism and racist language in a historical context in this book. There is 1 scene with a human auction. There is a lot of backstory involving humans on exhibits in a zoo. Death is frequent. One police brutality incident shown.

Synopsis: As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives…and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.

Review: For the most part I liked this book. It was a good story and I felt like the core of the story was entertaining. I was hooked in on the first few pages and I felt like the characters were well developed. I really loved how the author interwove the real life horrors I also liked the world building.

However, after the first few chapters, the book started to have a lot of issues for me. The story was good but what I thought was going to happen quickly evolved into something more than what I expected. There was a ton to this story and I feel like maybe it should have been split up between 2 books or maybe even scaled down.

Verdict: It was good, but there’s a lot in this book.