Hello my lovelies. Today, I’m talking about hangovers. No, not the ones after a night out. Book hangovers.
Last year, I sporadically joined in with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Luckily, Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. I’ve actually managed to think about this week’s topic and gone all out. *yeah me!* 🙂
If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her post and not just her blog so she can add you to the list of participants.
So on to this week, as you may guess from the title, Shanah has come up with the topic – TOP 5 BOOKS THAT CAUSED A MAJOR HANGOVER
Book Hangover – Noun
What is a Book Hangover? Well it’s the feeling you get when you’re ripped from a fictional universe that you’ve spent huge amounts of time investing into, because the author selfishly decided to stop telling the story.
E.g. “I haven’t read anything for two weeks after the book hangover I got from Forbidden Blood. I think my everything is broken.”
Book hangovers are no joke. We’ve all fallen headfirst into a world that we’ve connected with on a fundamental level, or fallen in love with fictional people with more fire and intensity than we’ve ever felt for our families (except maybe the pets).
Then, with crushing inevitability, that final page hurtles towards us like a freight train, and we’re ripped from the comforting universe we’d become such a part of like the covers being ripped off on the first day of Secondary School, thrust back into the harsh, cold bright light of reality.
Sometimes those characters we love with such pure passion are left broken and tormented – or even dead, and there is nothing we can do but mourn their loss.
Alcohol can take eleven hours to leave the system, but a good book can take much, much longer. Is there a way to help yourself detox and get back into the world? Maybe. I’ve tried a lot of methods, and I’ve included some of the ones that … Well, they didn’t work, but they didn’t hurt either.
I’ve linked the images to my reviews, (as you may guess, they’re all 5 stars) where you’ll find all the information about the books, purchase links and lots of other fun stuff too. All my links open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place here. OK, so without further ado, on to my most emotionally memorable book hangovers …
Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe.
But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.
Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.
Dianne is one of those pesky authors that only seems to released one book a year – how can she do that to us! I have loved this series from the first moment I read book 1 and needed to read this book: it was a visceral call that I couldn’t ignore. Boy, oh boy, it didn’t disappoint. Oh, the torment I suffered reading this book – the emotions! This is the only book that I’ve ever had to physically stop reading and put down for a few hours because I was too distressed to continue. Damn, it was good! I suffered an EPIC hangover after I finished the last page…
SLEEP IT OFF
Ah sleep. Sweet oblivion. Sometimes curling up under a pile of blankets in the dark is the only way to get your brain to switch off. If you’re lucky, you might step into a bookish dream that helps recapture the perfect world of the book you’ve just left behind (Note: This can be dangerous and you may not actually wake up. Always set an alarm). It may be necessary to ring in sick to work while this vitally important process is undertaken. Allow no disturbances, informing all family members and friends to stay away from your room until you emerge of your own free will. Whale song CDs are not advisable … mostly because it gets annoying after a while and the gentle patter of rain drops just make me want to pee. 💦
Blaze by Teresa Gabelman
Haunted by a past he’s struggling to forget, Blaze once again finds himself a VC Warrior – something he swore would never happen. Confident he could easily walk away again, his connection to a certain redhead makes that decision harder than he imagined.
Trying to fit into the Warrior world, Katrina holds a secret that could ruin the new life she is fighting to fit into. And having feelings for a certain Warrior does not make things any easier.
As Blaze’s past catches up to him and Katrina’s secret is exposed, they discover a deep bond that neither can fight. It soon becomes clear that a past can be put to rest, but secrets can be deadly.
I’m totally in love with the characters in this book and have read most of the books in The Protectors series more than once. The story in this book gave me all the feels that I crave; it had me blubbering like a baby more than usual and got my blood boiling with rage too and while I’ve got to be honest and say that I also found certain scenes very tense, disturbing and hard to read, Blaze also had me laughing my socks off, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart. There wasn’t anything about this book that I didn’t like. I loved the balance of action and romance, of heavy drama and light humour. I was emotionally exhausted after reading this one!
Sometimes the best way to get your emotions out of the jumble of a mess that is your traumatised brain (besides of course, a pensieve) is to talk about it. The internet can be a wonderful tool for getting your thoughts out there. Book Blogging, and reviewing on a retail site, such as Waterstones, Book Depository or Amazon, is a great way to pour your emotions into something… probably incoherent and rambling, but it gets it out there. If you’re lucky, you might find someone else suitably ruined by the same book, and you can bond!🤝💕🤝
Paladin by Montana Ash
Honour. Duty. Loyalty. Control. These are the principles Darius lives by – almost to the point of obsession. They had forged him into a noble knight but had also cost him the woman of his dreams and wrought a non-relenting hatred for his personal nemeses; the shades.
When a tiny, redheaded, whirlwind of trouble descends upon him and his fellow knights in a flurry of questions and impossibilities, Darius finds himself struggling to reconcile his past values with his future desires.
For Diana, the arrival of Max brings with it a portent; revolution. As a paladin of death, acceptance is at her core. So embracing the sarcastic powerhouse as her sworn liege is easy. But embracing a certain air paladin who is a pathological rule-follower? Well, that isn’t so easy, despite the attraction they have shared for centuries.
With Darius confronted by his demons and a bitter Warden bent on exacting revenge, will the two knights ever reach their happily ever after?
This time last year, I had no idea who Montana Ash was, then a friend of mine recommended the Elemental Paladin series. The story in this book just blew me away! I devoured it; I loved Ms Ash’s writing style, the pace she set for her story and the balance she created in her gripping plot-line. The characters she created are complex souls that exhibit all the traits that I crave; intelligence, camaraderie, humour and a potential for soul deep love. This story brought out do many emotions while I was reading it; fear, fury, yummy tingles and yes, I did blubber like a baby at times too but there was also plenty of humour and banter that made me chuckle out loud.
HAIR OF THE DOG THAT BIT YOU
It’s an old adage – suffering from too much alcohol? Drink more! It’s actually wildly untrue of drink, but could it be true of books? Could picking that book that’s just split your very core into two pieces and reading it from the first page again help you come to terms with what’s happened? Can it help you reclaim the things that you’ve lost? Maybe this time that main character won’t be decapitated in the final chapters! Maybe this time they can live happily ever after, without that melancholy bench in Oxford! Maybe the book simply won’t end this time, and you’ll be absorbed into the pages, living in your favourite fictional world forever and ever!
No, wait, that’s just silly. All you’ll do is break your very core into four pieces instead of two.
Oh, but it’s worth it though, isn’t it?
Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Zarek’s Point of View:
Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.
Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don’t suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it.
Trust: I can’t trust anyone…not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.
Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I’m tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.
Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?
I can’t believe I haven’t read this series before now: I’m loving it! This has been my favourite book to date and I didn’t want it to ever end. Dance with the Devil is an exciting read that brought out ALL my emotions! Sorrow, fear, indignation, apprehension, joy and passion. I was gripped from cover to cover and when it ended, I was bereft and inconsoluble. 😭
READ SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Sometimes you need a palate cleanse. A book that’s uplifting and funny, not too serious and easy-going. There are plenty of these books out there. Personally, I recommend one of The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery books by Angie Fox – though they do contain some scenes of peril. Cozy Paranormal Mystery books in fact, are my go-to genre to make me feel better about the world as a whole. There’s a simple, joyous sense of closure about them.
Forever Wolf by Maria Vale
Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is…Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own.
Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world…or perhaps, the beginning…
With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack’s survival, side by side and heart to heart…
Believe it or not, I could have listed all 3 books in this trilogy – they all gave me hangovers! But I had to pick 1 for this post and I loved this book. It took ages (hours…days) for my heartbeats to return to normal, for the tears to dry from my cheeks and for me to get my thoughts together enough to write a coherent review. 😉
GO INTO A BOOKSHOP AND SCREAM AT THE BOOK
Go to your local bookshop. Find a copy of the book that has wronged you so wholly. Place the book face out on the shelf so it can see your tears. Scream your lungs out in an incandescent rainbow of emotions, from fury to betrayal. The closer you can get to the book, the better. Let it really know how much it has hurt you.
Did that make you feel better? If not, repeat the above steps. The booksellers will probably understand.
‘What is that noise?‘
Another customer is screaming at a copy of The Notebook…‘
‘Ah, again? We’ve all been there I suppose.‘
Well, that’s it for me but what about you? Which books gave you the worst hangover? Is there a particular author that strives to capture your soul with EVERY BOOK THEY WRITE! I’ll leave you with one final hangover cure … (???)🤷♀️ 😉
TWEET THE AUTHOR
Twitter is a wonderful thing. It lets you interact with authors in a way that you never used to be able to! Much like reviewing a book, tweeting the author your deep, incoherent and emotionally loaded diatribes about their book is a FANTASTIC IDEA. Authors love to hear from fans, especially if they’re responsible for breaking them into pieces physically and mentally. They live for that. I know that K.F. Breene and Amelia Hutchins live for that sort of reaction!😂🤣😂
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Bye for now.