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My Book Mash-Ups – Top Ten Tuesday #23

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Books You’d Mash Together’ – so the post doesn’t go on forever I’ve made 5 pairs to equal my 10 books. I’ve also made poor attempts at witty suitable names for those books, you’ll see.

5. Red Seas Under Dead Skies

Books Mashed:

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch & To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

I very nearly just used Lynch’s full title because it seemed fitting enough for the book I had in mind but then I thought, hey kill = dead. (I know, I’m a genius, you don’t need to tell me.) If you don’t know, but you absolutely should because it’s an amazing series, Red Seas is the second installment of The Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch and features (along with its brilliant con-artist protagonists) a heist and piracy. Where has this book been all your life, right? The mash up would keep most of the plot from both books, merging the crews from both ships (except Zamira would obviously have seniority over Elian, I guess maybe he’s cool enough to be her son) and the main villain would be Lira and her Sirens of course with Locke and Jean forming their own side story. All romance ARCs would remain intact because all are great. Wish you knew what I was talking about? Pick up The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies for less than £10 at World of Books or more than £10 at Amazon if you prefer new books.

4. Misguided Matchmaking & Unsuitable Unions

Books Mashed:

Emma by Jane Austen & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

But that totally doesn’t count. Does too. They may be written by the same author in the same canon but I personally would really like to see these sets of charcters mix, either in a post-marriage world for both Emma and Lizzy (I personally think Knightly and Darcy would get on very well, but Lizzy would hate Emma) or happening concurrently with Emma meddling and having a hand in the matches formed in P&P, I feel like Wickham and Lydia’s match is something so truly ridiculous only Emma could have concocted it.

3. City of Blood

Books Mashed:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare & Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Confession, in my headcanon, the Cullen’s coven and the Quileute pack exist in the Shadowhunters world and live within the Accords. The story would all take place post-the events of Breaking Dawn as I’m pretty sure the Clave would have shut the Volturi’s asses down in a second. This mash-up kinda involves a civil war type response from the Clave when the Cullens appeal for help protecting themselves against the Volturi, some (the good ones that actually support the Accords) help and others oppose wanting to wipe out the whole lot as they are a different breed of vampire than they’re used to. Jace and Emmett would get along well probably but Edward would hate him, Clary would get tired of Bella in about two seconds.

2. Song of Ash and Stone

Books Mashed:

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope & Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Yeah, I didn’t put a lot of thought into that name but hey ho. This was a strange one and it’s not as well thought out because one of the books isn’t even out yet and one is very new. The powers the Earthsingers have in Song of Blood & Stone remind me a lot of those the fae have in Throne of Glass so for this mashup to work you accept that Earthsingers are like a sect of Fae and are recruited along the way as allies of Terrasen to fight in the final battle we’re all waiting for. Because let’s be honest, they need all the help they can get.

1. Harry Potter and the Children of Olympus

OR Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The School of Magic

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling & Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I originally had the title of this book as Harry Potter and the Inexplicable Influx of Olympians but thought it might be a bit on the nose. 100% of this is wanting to see both trios (or The Seven and Dumbledore’s Army, whichever) interact with each other and get weirded out that the world is actually way weirder than even they thought it could get. Ron and Grover would make an awesome duo. Just think of the adventures!

What do you think of my mashups? Would you read any of these books? Don’t forget to post your Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments!

Until next time!

21 thoughts on “My Book Mash-Ups – Top Ten Tuesday #23

  1. This is such a great list of mash-ups! I love that you named them all 😂 I just read To Kill a Kingdom and Daughter of the Pirate King and I’m really feeling pirates at the moment, so Red Seas sounds perfect. I just have to read Lies of Locke Lamora first, it’s only been on my TBR for 5 years 😂

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    • The Mortal Instruments books are good if you do like your urban paranormal YA fantasy. I really like the world but that’s because I find Clare managed to create a cast of really great characters. For me their personal arcs were the driving force for the series more than the main plot. If you do read them and like them though, The Infernal Devices prequel series is (for me) a lot better and my favourite of those she’s released, it’s more Victorian steampunk YA fantasy and I think the characters have more depth. My blog is actually named after a quote from that series!


    • I think the fact the character set up is so similar, the three main characters with similar roles, etc, the very different basis of fantasy (because magic and mythology are incredibly different if you think about it) and I (personally) would find Hermione and Annabeth’s reaction to the existence of this other world interesting since (I imagine) the existence of gods and magic would be a hard thing to factor into their very intellectual world-view that whilst it had accepte dtheir idea of ‘normal’ had entirely excluded teh possibility of the others’ existence.
      It’s the same reason I like the crossovers between Riordan’s character cast, I just like the idea of two world colliding and how it turns out, main for character interactions. That’s why I enjoyed Infinity War and other crossover events in comic books.

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        • Yeah that’s true, I think with them both having a ‘normal/muggle/mortal’ world you’d have to assume they are the same and then their magic worlds are just … hidden in different places and they’re cover up magic (or the Mist) is just so good that the others didn’t notice somehow hahahahah

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