Today I come with something different. Instead of a review (I know I still have many to write and we’ll get there) I wanted to give you a short list of my favorite books with sass!
I love banter in books and sassy/sarcastic characters!
They make me smile, laugh or snicker. The always put me in a great mood that’s for sure!
If a book has great banter, it will nearly all the time be a four stars minimum!
Sooooo I concocted a short list of favorites for you with a quote from the book illustrating the kind of banter I am talking about!
I just love Nathaniel’s brand of sarcasm!
“Why are you looking at me like that?” he inquired. “You used a demonic incantation to pack my stockings!” He raised an eyebrow. “You’re right, that doesn’t sound like something a proper evil sorcerer would do. Next time, I won’t fold them.”
Nikolai is not only brilliant but he has an irresistible sense of humor!
“Do that thing you do where you use too many words to say something simple and confuse the issue.”
And Zoya is not to be overlooked either!
“Eat, Your Highness. “
“Everything tastes like doom, ” he whispered.
“Then add salt.”
Or that one : “The public may forget how handsome I am.” “I doubt it. Your face is on the money.”
Now I confess it’s Nina’s sass that has me under its thrall!
“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
Sevro is simply …impertinent and provocative and yes, a little crass but the goblin makes me laugh!
“Sevro.” I lean forward. “Your eyes…”
He leans in close. “Do you like ’em?”
“Bloodydamn. Did you get Carved?”
“By the best in the business. Do you like ’em?”
“They’re bloodydamn marvelous. Fit you like a glove.”
He punches his hands together. “Glad you said that. Cuz they’re yours.”
I blanch. “What?”
“Do you want the eyes back?” Sevro asks, suddenly worried. “I can give them back.”
“No!” I say. “It’s just I forgot how crazy you are.”
“Oh.” He laughs and slaps my shoulder. “Good. I thought it might be something serious. So I’m prime keeping them?”
“Finders keepers,” I say with a shrug.”
The snarky comebacks in Vespertine are often said by…the grumpy revenant!
“If there’s one thing I can always rely upon, it’s the reassuring dependability of human idiocy. Give your kind a century or so, and they’ll happily repeat the exact same mistakes that nearly wiped them all out a few generations before.”
“I’ll have you know that I’m very good-looking by undead standards”
And last but not least, Miss Lemon Fresh is a hoot!!! True cert!
“Truth was, part of her still felt like that snot-nosed, punk kid who’d set out as the tagalong in someone else’s story. The sass on tap. The comedy relief. She wondered who she was to be standing up in a fight like this. To be counting on others to do the same. Despite her speech in the silo, she didn’t feel like any sort of leader.”
What are some of your favorite books with sass?
Thanks for reading!
I love books with sass! And these are all either favorites or on my TBR so that’s probably a big reason why 😀
I hope you’ll love them all Lindsey!
Interesting topic! I haven’t read any of these but the first one sounds like something i’d enjoy.
I do think you would Jamsu!
Such a fun post. I love all of your picks. 🙂
Thank you Suzanne!
What a fun topic, Sophie! I haven’t read any of these (they seem to all be fantasy) but I love some good sassy banter! 🙂
I love the sound of these books. Great list!
Thank you Maureen!
Sassy characters are the best! I’ll have to try these out, thanks 🙂
You are welcome Jacquie!
I can’t think about Nina without getting a little sad.
Same Sam! I hoped for another ending.
Snappy dialogue is always a plus and this is a cracking list!
Thank you Alex!!
I love sassy characters.
Me too! So much!!
You named some of my favorites, Sophie. No way Lemon Fresh couldn’t be on this list.
I am so happy that we agree on Miss Fresh’s awesomeness Teri! 🙂
Love this post! I’m a big fan of banter too. And I agree, Jay Kristoff does banter really well
I always snikker when I read his books Tammy!
Nina from Six of Crows was one of my favorite characters as well 🙂
She has so much sass!
Give me all the sass! Highly agree with the first three (the others I haven’t read yet). I totally forgot about the “Everything tastes like doom” quote and somehow that really made me laugh.
I think I laughed or snikkered so often in KoS Stephanie! Even more than in RoW!
I am so happy you love it Susy!
This list is amazing!! I love the banter and the sassiness so, obviously, I love this list!! And all the books you mentioned are books that I read (and love) or books that are on my TBR and that now I am even more curious about!