This is YOUR song #3 – book playlist
Welcome to This is YOUR song
a brand new book meme hosted by Lizzy’s Dark Fiction.
Meme name is inspired by the Elton John song. Here, I find that perfect song to fit some of the most popular books. I’ll pick 5 books from different genres or age groups and match them with the song that I think describes the book the best.
1) Representing Paranormal Romance books, we have Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned–to her old life, her family, her boyfriend–before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance–and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.
Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.
Song Match: I Will Wait For You by Mumford & Sons
Lyrics: And I came home / Like a stone / And I fell heavy into your arms / These days of darkness / Which we’ve known / Will blow away with this new sun
Reason: The only thing that gets Nikki through the underworld is the face of her beloved. When they finally reunite, it’s like the time apart never happened.
#2 Representing Dystopian books, we have The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.
If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Song Match: Take it Easy by The Eagles
Lyrics: Come on, baby, don’t say maybe / I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me / We may lose and we may win though / We will never be here again.
Reason: Despite fighting impossible odds, everyone around Katniss keeps telling her to lighten up and enjoy all that the Capital has to offer while she’s there. Peeta also wants to extend his love and friendship, telling her that together they stand a better chance. Win or lose, it’s only going to happen once, right? *cough Catching Fire cough*
3) Representing Controversial books, we have Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman.
Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.
Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.
Song Match: Black or White by Micheal Jackson
Lyrics: But, if you’re thinking about my baby / It don’t matter if you’re black or white / And I told about equality / And it’s true / Either you’re wrong or you’re right
Reason: Because Callum and Sephy repeatedly defy the rules of society to be together. They don’t care what color the other one is, as long as it means they will be together in the end.
4) Representing Children’s books, we have Eve Hallows by Robert Gray.
Fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows lives in a monster-inhabited place where everything is horrible, which in her world means wonderful, but things are about to become wonderful (horrible) when she must move to the human world.
Song Match: Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
Lyrics: The zombies were having fun / The party had just begun / The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula, and his son
Reason: Because it’s a kick-ass song about fun monsters and Eve Hallows is a kick-ass book about a monster family I’d love to be a part of.
5) Representing Horror books, we have Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
Song Match: Sally’s Song by Amy Lee
Lyrics: And does he notice my feelings for him? / And will he see how much he means to me? / I think it’s not to be / What will become of my dear friend / Where will his actions lead us then?
Reason: Cas is a ghost hunter. His presence in the house marks the end for Anna Dressed in Blood, but she can’t help but spare him from the horrors ahead, even if it means retribution from whatever else is in the house. As Cas keeps returning to see her, Anna can’t help but love him, even though their relationship is doomed from the start.
What songs would you pick with these books?