Hello friends!

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?”
“They’re yours.”
“My what?”
“Your eyes!”
“My eyes…”
“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.”

Or even…

“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!


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  1. 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.

  2. 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!