Stranger Things Book Tag | read if you’re searching for a manipulative villain or strange setting

Suzie, do you copy?

I am well and truly smitten with Stranger Things at the minute. I have loved every season but I feel so invested in it at the moment, especially as we are currently waiting for volume 2 πŸ‘€.

I thought now was the best time for the Stranger Things Book Tag. This tag is for season one (and then the next one I am doing is for season 2). Therefore, it is a slight throwback but I loved the set-up of the tag too much to miss it. Every heading credits the creator, but a massive thank you to A Running Commentary (no link currently available) and Flavia The Bibliophile for this tag.

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the first book in a series that left you intrigued and slightly confused

This is a really hard prompt, but I am going to go with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I definitely remember feeling like ‘what just happened?’ in a confusing, intriguing way. I now know this is part of the charm of The Raven Cycle. The funny thing is if I didn’t own the next three books in that series, I probably would never have continued. But, now The Raven Boys is my favourite book in one of my all-time favourite series.

πŸ„ The Raven Cycle | A Lot and A Lot of Chatting and Playlist

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a book with a setting that you would never want to live in

Fairest by Marissa Meyer. The villain origin story for Queen Levana who lived on Lunar, aka the moon. Don’t get me wrong, the whole living on the moon is cool… the stars, space, earth… but only in theory (or on a holiday). The reality of living there every day sounds horrid. Being in an air bubble, with no natural scenery like waterfalls or forests. It seems monotonous with little freedom to move around.

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a book that you own that is somewhat damaged, but that you love to pieces

I will sound like a princess here. I am aware but it is simply the most damaged book I own and love. I got the Fairyloot edition for Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust, and it is beautiful. I adore the art so much. It is one of my favourite owned books for sure, and I brought it used. You can tell it had been read before. The dust jacket has wrinkled corners, the cover is loose etc. It is just natural wear and tear. It isn’t a big deal at all, but it fits the prompt the most.

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a trilogy you go to whenever you need a pick-me-up

The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee. A masterful series with a risky plot and complex characters. It will pick me up and remind me to have standards for fantasy series. I love these books.

πŸ„ REASONS TO READ THE GREEN BONE SAGA BY FONDA LEE | flipping through fantasy

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a book with a terrifying beast that you wouldn’t want to face

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee. Two words for you: Spider King. Avoidance is necessary. Read until the end of the book, if you don’t believe me.

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a book with a villain who is both manipulative and dedicated

The Fever King by Victoria Lee. If you’ve read it, you know the personal cruelty that is depicted in this book. How the villain is very manipulative and smart. If you haven’t, I don’t want to give too much away but just know you will hate the villain and recognise all their different qualities. They are a villain with depth and it only makes them scarier.

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a book you didn’t expect to love

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I didn’t love The Night Circus so going into the author’s next book was a bit of a gamble. It was a mix of chaotic strange magic and whimsy that even now I struggle to describe. But it felt like a luxurious dream and I truly loved it for that.

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a book with a setting that’s just a little bit strange

Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal had a setting that was very present and significant in the book. Wisteria. It was iconic in its appearance and community. It had this image of beauty, happiness and peace, but it had a lot lying underneath the surface. It was intriguing to decipher and understand the setting. It was a bit magical, a bit dark, but entirely enrapturing. Either strangely creepy or strangely beautiful. Probably both.

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See you for part 2 in a couple of days! πŸ˜‰

Are you a fan of Stranger Things? Who is your favourite character? What books have you read with strange settings or manipulative villains?


17 thoughts on “Stranger Things Book Tag | read if you’re searching for a manipulative villain or strange setting

  1. AHHH this was SUCH an amazing post Sophie, I loved everything about it!!!!πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—I was instantly obsessed with Stranger Things when I first started watching it, it’s just so addicting! I would watch an episode every night before bed and it was (and is) honestly, the highlight of my days :’) my fave characters are Dustin, Steve and Robin, their conversations always make me laughπŸ˜†πŸ˜‚ the latest season is a lot though, so many of the scenes are genuinely terrifying 🫣 but I’m trying to be so brave about it πŸ™ƒ still can’t wait for volume 2 though AND part 2 of this post!!! Really loved this tag and your answers so so muchπŸ’˜πŸ₯°βœ¨οΈ

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    1. Thank you soooo much πŸ₯ΊπŸ’—βœ¨πŸ’— there is something about Stranger Things that just makes it so good because it really isn’t a plot I would naturally gravitate towards, but it is such a great show! very addicting, like you say. aw.. watching an episode before bed sounds so much fun, I love it!!
      Dustin and Steve have such great conversations. They always make you smile. I actually much prefer Steve’s friendship plots over romance plots. Robin was the best edition, I love her and her running!! πŸ˜‚
      It has amped up the horror & intensity for sure! haha hiding behind a cushion for support may be the way forward!
      me too, volume 2 looks epic so far and thank youuuuu πŸ₯°
      Yay, thank you again and especially for this comment. I loved it 😍

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  2. OH MY GOSH I REALLY NEED TO WATCH STRANGER THINGS 😭😭😭 especially with the new season out I still can’t believe I haven’t gotten to it!!😭😭😭
    and AHHH the Raven boys is PERFECT for that prompt- it always feel like a fever dream while reading it, but I ADORE the characters so so much!!! I’m so excited to read Blue lily lily blue ahhh I hope we get more Noah content!( please tell me there’s more Noah content in that one 😭🀣 )
    And the moon does seem like a terrible place to live in forever- the idea of existing in an air bubble is quite freaky 🀣 plus like imagine living there with levana as your ruler??? *shudders*
    AND AHH that edition of girl serpent thorn is GORGEOUS!!
    Love this so so much and I can’t wait for part twoπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    1. You haven’t watched stranger things?!?! (I say having not watched multiple popular shows πŸ˜‚) but i do recommend stranger things… quite unique but it has different elements so it can work for all sorts of people. I hope you enjoy it if you check it out! πŸ₯°
      The raven boys is a giant fever dream, you are correct. Then the spin-off series is somehow sooo much weirder πŸ˜‚ The characters make the raven cycle for sure! ohh hope you enjoy the next books! aw… I don’t want to do this to you, but the books do starve Noah fans. 😭😭 but the last book does provide a very weird revelation for that!

      You’d have to be a certain type of person to live on the moon for sure…. no air bubble for us! True, Levana makes everything worse!! 😬
      It is so beautiful. I just like to hold the book in my arms every so often πŸ˜‚
      Thank you soooo much Suhani! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• loved your comment, as always! πŸ’—


  3. i really NEED to watch stranger things!! i keep hearing the best things about it but i’m afraid i’ll get too creeped out 😭😭 YOUR POST IS SO CONVINCING THOUGH πŸ₯°πŸ€ i really need to read the green bone saga too ahhh i’ve heard AMAZING things about it and fonda lee’s writing πŸ’• your edition of girl serpent thorn is absolutely GORGEOUS and i love the graphics for this post literally so much!!!! sophieeee your graphics are ALWAYS the prettiest i am in love πŸ’—

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    1. Well if it makes you feel better my sister (who get creeped out by horror movie trailers at the cinema) loves stranger things. Whilst there is horror influences, I don’t necessarily feel like it is filmed to make you scared like in classic horror.
      but thank you soooo much ahaana πŸ’—πŸ’— I hope you enjoy the show if you decide to check it out!
      I am so in love with the green bone saga, it was crafted so well. It took me a while to get used to Lee’s writing though, it is quite to the point but it matches the books so well.
      I do love that edition of girl, serpent, thorn a lot. So pretty!!
      Thank youuuu πŸ₯° I love the heading provided for this tag! πŸ’–πŸ’– and, of course, thank you for this comment!

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  4. I’m humiliatingly late to the hype and just finished the second season yesterday BUT AM RIDICULOUSLY OBSESSED?!!! AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS TAG + YOUR STUNNING POST OBVIOUSLY!! The way you describe books is just SO INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL 😭😭 LOVE IT SO MUCH

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the fever king before, but β€œa villain with depth and it only makes them scarier” I NEED THIS THANK YOU!!! 😭 also curse of the divine SOUNDS VERY MUCH LIKE PERFECTION, EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO DEVOUR BOTH THE BOOKS!!!

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    1. Aw.. No, there is a tactical advantage to being late to shows. You get to binge watch all the episodes without year long wait inbetween seasons and I, for one, love that feeling! I am glad you are obsessed though (stranger things is soo good!) 😍
      It is a super fun tag (and thank youuu πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ) aww… Stop it, you’re too kind, thank youuuuu πŸ’•πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­β€οΈ it means a lot!

      The Fever King is one of my all time favourites and yeah, the villain is very human but very cruel! It is a book I certainly recommend, but there are some trigger warnings too.
      Curse of the Divine is part of my favourite series, Ink in the Blood. It is very magical and strange, I love it!!
      Seeing as these books are some of my favourites, I extra hope you love them πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
      Thank youuuu for this comment πŸ’œ


  5. This looks like such a fun Tag, I’ll have to do it as well πŸ’• The second part of stranger things is coming so soon!! πŸ₯³ I loved the Fever King so much and the villain was so chilling and manipulative, it was indeed very scary!

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    1. It was a really fun tag! I would love to see your responses if you decide to do it! ❀️
      I know, I can’t believe it is out today! I will have to try and avoid spoilers until I can watch it though!
      The Fever King is an underrated gem in the book community and yes, the villain was very chilling!
      Thank you for reading Caro! πŸ₯°

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