The Lightbearers Book Tag

(Last Updated On: October 17, 2019)

Greetings friends, and your eyes don’t deceive you… for the first time in months I am posting a tag 😱!

My friend Amna @ Perusing YA created The Lightbearers Book Tag to celebrate the upcoming release of London Shah’s debut The Light at the Bottom of the World. The book releases on October 29th, and here’s the synopsis in case your eyeballs haven’t yet been blessed with this cover.

The Light at the Bottom of the World coverHope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.

Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.

When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.

Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.

The Rules

  • The prompts for the book tag are adapted from the different elements present in THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD.
  • The book tag can be completed/shared on all social media platforms. Be sure to use #TheLightbearers and tag @perusingya when you share on Twitter and Instagram, and link back to YA Book Corner when you post on your blog.

The Lightbearers Tag

💙 The LIGHT book cover features the city of London. Name a book that depicts a real or fictional city on its cover.

Have you ever had a total brain fart? Because it was as if every single cover I have ever seen exited my brain when I read this question! I just spent 10 minutes looking at the books on my shelves and noticed a pattern with the books I own, hahaha.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon is the one that stands out to me on my shelves (largely in part due to its bright colors). I haven’t actually read that chonker yet so, I also want to include Rage by Cora Carmack as I love how the covers for the trilogy not only reflects Aurora’s personal growth but also her relationship to the City of Pavan.

📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of Rage!

💙 Leyla McQueen is a champion submersible racer. Name a character you would like to see race against her in the London Submersible Marathon.

Part of me wants to steal Amna’s answer because Ezra Mason from The Illuminae Files is such a fantastic choice for this question. (So is Nik Malikov after Gemina.)

Firefly The Ghost Machine cover

One of my absolute favorite craft-maneuvering characters is Wash from Firefly, and honestly I would love to see his leaf on the wind soar through the waters of London, provided they made some changes to Serenity first.

📝 Related: While The Ghost Machine doesn’t come out until April 2020, you can read my spoiler-free review for the first book in the series, Big Damn Hero.

💙 Leyla ventures outside of London for the very first time in LIGHT. Name a book where you enjoyed exploring its world.

The Merciful Crow cover

I absolutely loved following Fie and learning about the intricate world and unique magic system that Margaret Owen created for her debut fantasy novel The Merciful Crow. I am currently reading The Beautiful by Renee Adieh and this book gets an honorable mention for the amazing atmosphere of New Orleans in the 1800s.

📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of The Merciful Crow!

💙 Leyla and Ari are reluctant companions on a long journey. Name a character you would want on an epic adventure with you.

I might have trust issues, but I still would want Simon from Furyborn to be my adventure buddy.

📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of Furyborn!

💙 Leyla is never far from her brolly, or umbrella, in LIGHT.  Name a character accessory you wish you had. 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber cover

This is a hard one, but for some reason my eyes kept catching on my copy of Legendary and I remembered how much I love Scarlett’s dress from Caraval! Talk about not needing a lot of closet space with a magic dress that changes with your mood (it can match the emotions I can’t hide on my face).

📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of Caraval!

💙 Books from the Old World are considered valuable in LIGHT. Name a book that you hope would survive for future generations to read. 

I love this prompt because one of my favorite things about LIGHT is how books are coveted antiques getting the appreciation they deserve!

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna coverThe Fever King by Victoria Lee cover

I definitely want more people (read: everyone) to be able to read A Spark of White Fire, The Fever King, and Descendant of the Crane. All three of these books are incredible and ones I think about often.

📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free reviews of A Spark of White Fire, The Fever King, and Descendant of the Crane!

I Tag:

Destiny  |  Bex  |  Cassie  |  Dev  |  Loretta  | Jess  |  Siobhan

Thank you so much for tagging me, Amna, I had a lot of fun with this tag (also I forgot how hard they were)! What do you think of my answers?

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Amna

    October 18, 2019 at 5:41 AM

    Fantastic job, Kal! I love all your answers!! 💜

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:22 AM

      Thank you, Amna!

  2. Macey @ Brine & Books

    October 19, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    What a fun tag! This just continued to remind me that I need to check out The Priory of the Orange Tree already xx

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:27 AM

      Consider yourself TAGGED if you want to do it, too! It is a fun one. And I also need to read Priory… but I think I need to borrow the ebook from the library because the book is a freaking brick

  3. Heather @ The Frozen Library

    October 19, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Oh this looks like a fun tag! Though I’m kind of over dystopian lately (expect I’ve been wanting to reread the Hunger Games) so I probably won’t read the book it’s based on. XD

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:29 AM

      Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one, heather! I feel you on dystopian, I need some happier books for a bit because reality is just a bit too much of a dystopian nightmare lol. This is a really atmospheric and magical read though, if that makes a difference for you.

  4. Kaitlyn

    October 19, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Love all your answers! Great post as always. Definitely interested in picking up this book.

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:31 AM

      Thank you, Kaitlyn! I am not finished with the book yet, but I am enjoying it despite my slump ruining e v e r y t h i n g

  5. Moonlight & Moths

    October 20, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Ahhh I loved all your answers for this! Priory was one of my favorite book covers of 2019 so I’m glad to see it getting some love. Also I agree that everyone should have the chance to read A Spark of White Fire. That book was so unexpectedly good, I still think about it all the time.

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:34 AM

      Thanks so much!!! Priory is such a lovely cover (I have a signed poster of it from the preorder campaign… I should do something with it), I just wish the book wasn’t such a chonker. And my copy’s spine is a delicate flower to boot. SPARK is never far from my mind, I love it so much.

  6. Krisha

    October 21, 2019 at 5:09 AM

    I love the Tag!! I am so excited for this book and I will definitely want to do this Tag too 💛😊

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:34 AM

      Yesss, definitely do the tag!!!

  7. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    October 21, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    I really do love that cover for Priory. <3

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:35 AM

      It is so damn pretty…

  8. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    October 22, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Ahahahaha, I think I have total brain farts at work CONSTANTLY but also with so many books out there, I don’t blame you for um… the books flying straight out of your brain when you need them.

    Oooooo a dress that changes with your mood??? OMG I would love that – all that closet space can go to all the books that I have, haha.

    1. Kal

      October 23, 2019 at 11:36 AM

      The dress is so damn cool! One of the coolest bits in the Caraval series imo. And YES to all the extra space for books it would give us!

  9. Meeghan

    October 25, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Ooooh… I need to read… all of these. (Why is my TBR so long?!)

    1. Kal

      October 26, 2019 at 3:36 PM

      It is a truth universally accepted that a bookworm’s TBR must be longer than the hours available in a lifetime.

  10. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    October 28, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Ahh wonderful answers for this tag – and what a great tag to celebrate this exciting upcoming release, as well!! 🙂 I loved The Fever King as well, such a fantastic read and, even if I didn’t fall in love with The Beautiful as much as I would have liked to…. well, I have to say the author always manages to write wonderful, incredible worlds and descriptions 🙂

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:23 PM

      Thank you, Marie! The Beautiful was my first read from Renee Adieh but it most certainly will not be my last. I hope The Damned will hit the spot for you more when it comes out next year!

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