Jan 19, 2019

The 2018 Smashing and Dashing Tag!


Hi guys! The other week I saw Cait @ Paper Fury's Smashing and Dashing Tag, and right away I knew I had to include it in my line up of 2018 reading posts because it looks so unique and fun! (Just like Cait! 😂) I'm actually doing the longer version from 2016 cuz I missed it back then and I really want to answer all of the questions! 😄)

Most Relatable Character:


I don't want to take forever thinking to hard about this one cuz I'm sure I've answered a similar question to this, but for this one I think I'll go with Hazel from Breadcrumbs. The whole thing about her situation with her parents divorce, not having any friends, and being treated like something was wrong with her because of what was going on with her mentally just really hit me hard, and I was really encouraged by her strength that she showed throughout the book because if I was her I don't think I would've been as brave as she was.

Most Pure Animal Companion:

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)

Probably Maddox, the fox with superpowers from Fire and Flood. He is so cute and yet so cool and kick-butt and so loyal to Tella. I loved him and I love how he felt like an actual character and not just this side object that is just there to be a plot device.

Fiercest Fighter:

To Kill a Kingdom

Lyra from To Kill a Kingdom! She's so...as Cait says...stabby! 😂

Most Amazing Sidekick:

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Ceridwen from Frost Like Night! I'm not sure why but I just loved her in this book! I'm so glad they added her POV because it added SO much to the story and I loved how her friendship with Meira developed more even through the war that was going on around them. She's so fierce and passionate and so cool! 😄

Am Surprised That I Loved You:

To Kill a Kingdom

Uh, Lyra? 😂 She creeped me out so much in the beginning but I ended up loving her character arc and I was totally rooting for her romance with Elian by the end.


Best Sassmaster:

Oh man, I have no idea. It could be anybody. 😂 I mean if this were for 2017 I'd totally go with Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King, but I seriously don't think I can pick just one person, so let's just say literally everybody in all of these books: 😂

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) Calamity (The Reckoners, #3)
To Kill a Kingdom A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) 
Best Anti-Hero:

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

I'm sure there's a lot of people I could put for this, but I'm going to go with Nina and Inej cuz they are pretty much the only characters I really liked from Six of Crows. They count as anti-heroes, right?

The Best Friends of All:

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Nessa and Meira! 😫

Much Ado About Anne (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #2)

Also everyone in The Mother-Daughter Book Club of course. 😉

Best Villain to Hate:

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Ugh. WARNER. 😒
Best vs Worst YA Parents:


Much Ado About Anne (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #2)

This series literally has the best parents! They're such interesting characters themselves and they add so much to this series and I just love them and all of their families!



There are so many bad parents in YA for so many different reasons that it's so hard to pick who's the actual worst, but I really did not like Andi's dad. He was just the opposite of helpful and he was just too wrapped up in himself to really care about his family. He may not be the worst parent out of all the books I read last year, but he reminded me of my own dad, so he stuck with me the most. 😕
Ship of All Ships:

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)
Kol and Lorelei!! They are SO cute and I loved their awkwardness and the slow burn romance, and the great twist of true love's kiss at the end. 😍

 Calamity (The Reckoners, #3)

And of course I still have to mention my OTP, Megan and David. 😂

Most Precious Must Be Protected:

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Honestly Surprised You're Still Alive:

The Hunted (The Living, #2)

Literally everybody in this book! These poor kids should've died like 1,000 times all through the first book with all the crazy crap that goes on, how in the world did they even make it to this one? 😂

Most Boring As a Barnacle: 

Once Upon a Kiss

It was really hard to find a character that was boring rather than the book as a whole. I mean, I think every character is interesting in their own way, right? But the best I could go with for this question is probably Zoe from Once Upon a Kiss, but I'm not totally sure why. The whole book was just pretty two-dimensional I guess. 😕


Award for Making the Worst Decisions:

 The Sound

Ugh. Probably Ren. I mean why? This whole book was just...WHY? It was so stupid and unrealistic and everything, especially Ren, made me want to pull my hair out! I mean she seriously should've ended up dead at the end because she was too busy lusting over her boyfriend to notice the killer leading her into a trap. 😠 I mean, come on.

Most in Need of a Nap:

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Uh...everybody in every book ever? 😂 But most specifically probably Lorelei. I honestly don't think she's ever had a nap in all the 16 years she's been alive. Poor girl. Running from an evil queen while trying to keep the people in your kingdom alive is hard work. 😔

Best Little Royal:

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Meira. She tries so hard, okay?! 😭

Want to Read More about You:

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Ceridwen! Can she just get her own spin off series please? 😂 I don't know why, I just love her!


Cutest Dork:

Calamity (The Reckoners, #3)

Definitely David. He and his terribly thought out metaphors are definitely one of the best things about this whole series. 😂


Cleverest Little Hellion:

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

I mean probably Kaz, cuz I mean, who else? 😂

So that was the smashing and Dashing tag! Wasn't it fun? What were some of your favorite characters from books you read in 2018? 

I'll be back on Tuesday with another post! Bye! ♡


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  1. I really need to read Six of Crows. I feel like I’m missing out on something good.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogJanuary 20, 2019 at 4:14 PM

      I mean, I didn't LOVE it actually, but I'm probably the only one who didn't.

  2. ooooh I haven't read most of these - To Kill a Kingdom was a little disappointing to me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! it's so hard to pick a favorite from the Mother-Daughter Book Club, they're all awesome in different ways 💕 The Reckoners series was definitely lots of fun too, and I have A Study in Charlotte checked out but haven't gotten around to it yet!

    YA is so full of sassy hellions, it's definitely hard to crown just one for either category! and they all deserve naps and cuddles and hot drinks after everything they go through. great list! 📚

  3. You like the Mother Daughter Book Club and The Reckoners too?! Can we be friends?! XD XD <3
    Oh I hope you like A Study in Charlotte! :D
    Yes they ALL deserve naps! XD
    Thank you!! <3

  4. What a fun post! I'm glad I dropped by your page and found so much about the Brandon Sanderson series you mentioned here over and over! I think I'll definitely be picking it up now!

    1. OH YAAAAAAY!!!!!! The first book, Steelheart is one of my favorite books ever! :D

  5. This is a really cool tag! I want to read To Kill A Kingdom, I've seen so many people talk about it

    1. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogJanuary 22, 2019 at 1:26 PM

      I know right?!
      You should! You'll like it if you like pirates, The Little Mermaid, and cool worldbuilding.