Neopets was my childhood.
For those of you who don’t what the heck I’m talking about:
In summary, Neopets is an online gaming site where you can adopt virtual creatures and collect points, usually by playing mini-games, to buy items to take care of them. Because it is online, users can also interact with other players across the world through various channels on the site, such as chat boards, guilds, and auctions.
This site gets full credit for starting my internet addiction at the age of eight.
When I wasn’t running amok at school or on a soccer field, I was hiding away from the outside world playing Neopets.
I can’t tell you what exactly about the site had me wrapped around its little Neopaws. Maybe it was the incessant feeling that I had to restock my Neoshop with useless Neotrash or my futile need to pass all the hidden levels of Hannah and the Ice Caves mini-game. Or maybe yet, what kept me clicking back to the site //for years// was my ultimate goal of sᴀᴠɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ ᴇɴᴏᴜɢʜ ɴᴇᴏᴘᴏɪɴᴛs ᴛᴏ ʙᴜʏ ᴀ ʙᴀʙʏ ᴘᴀɪɴᴛʙʀᴜsʜ sᴏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴛᴜʀɴ ᴍʏ ᴀᴅᴜʟᴛ ɴᴇᴏᴘᴇᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴀ ʙᴀʙʏ ɴᴇᴏᴘᴇᴛ.
If you’re massive question marks right now, I am genuinely so sorry because this post is probably about to get a whole lot weirder for you 😬. But, all my Neopets players will get it!
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how to relate neopets to fit blog theme??
change blog theme to neopets? ❌
!book recs based on neopets? ✔️!1!!
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As the name suggests, Neopets is home to a multitude of creatures. There’s a whopping total of 55 different species of Neopets, all in varying sizes, shapes, and colors, that you can adopt. I took it upon myself to be the gleaming mother figure to my Neopets, but like every mother, I had my favorites 🙈.
So, without further ado, here are book recommendations based on my favorite Neopets 😅:
All images and descriptions of the Neopets are from Neopets Wiki.
Xweetoks are furry, forest-dwelling creatures who enjoy active games such as tag. They are very quick and love to be chased.
→ The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Goodreads Description: In the village of King’s Abbot, a widow’s sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study–but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow’s blackmailer. King’s Abbot is crawling with suspects, including a nervous butler, Ackroyd’s wayward stepson, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd, who has taken up residence in the victim’s home. It’s now up to the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who has retired to King’s Abbot to garden, to solve the case of who killed Roger Ackroyd–a task in which he is aided by the village doctor and narrator, James Sheppard, and by Sheppard’s ingenious sister, Caroline.
Xweetoks are by far my favorite Neopets, but something about their smile says that they’re not as innocent as they seem. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd reminds me of that subtle coyness Xweetoks possess.
→ Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Goodreads Description: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.
“They are very quick and love to be chased”—it’s not hard to gather how fun-loving Xweetoks are from their description! Save the Date is a fast-paced and heartfelt book that checks off many of the positive attributes that make up Xweetoks.
→ Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Goodreads Description: IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
I think a book about a game perfectly fits the playful nature of Xweetoks 😁.
The Eyrie is a playful griffin that enjoys battling. While it is not officially native to Mystery Island, it has been said that Eyrie are native to “the tropical climates of Neopia” hinting that it is indeed native there. They enjoy adventure and love to seek out knowledge.
→ An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Goodreads Description: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
An Ember in the Ashes is a phenomenal fantasy book that takes a less euro-centric route to tell a story chock-full of surprises and middle eastern lore. An Eyrie could very well be a creature from the book’s world.
→ Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
Goodreads Description: A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.
What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.
Reincarnation Blues is jam-packed with adventure after adventure. Although a tad bit tedious to read, the little cookies of insight make it worth the focus and the comparison to the knowledge-seeking Eyries.
→ Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Goodreads Description: The company says Otherworld is amazing — like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive — that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.
If there was ever a book about “adventure” and “battling”, it would be Otherworld. The book has big Eyrie energy, through and through.
JubJubs are very shy and secretive creatures. They aren’t aggressive, but they can defend themselves with their deafening screech when threatened.
→ Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Goodreads Description: In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
Don’t you just want to pocket a JubJub and protect it from the world 🥺?That’s how I feel about Eliza from Eliza and Her Monsters. But don’t get me wrong, despite her demure demeanor, Eliza isn’t as defenseless as I make her out to be.
→ Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Goodreads Description: Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Just like Eliza, Elle from Geekerella may be shy, but she can pack a punch!
→ Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Goodreads Description: Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
The Ash Princess is extremely underrated in my opinion. Like a JubJub, the book and title character seem decidedly unassuming to the casual eye. But once you get to know them better (the Neopet and the book), you’ll learn that they are much more feisty than they let on.
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I still can’t believe I’m doing a recommendation post based on Neopets 😂.
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The Shoyru is fiery little creature. Treat him right and you will have a friend for life, but if you are mean to him he will never forget it.
→ Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Goodreads Description: The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia, the first entry in S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy perfect for fans of Ender’s Game.
The planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn’t seem like a hero. He’s a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.
As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom’s life completely changes. Suddenly, he’s someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there’s a price to pay. . . .
Insignia is another book series that is completely underrated. This series has one of the most lovable, platonic relationships with probably the funniest banter I’ve ever read, and if it doesn’t read Shoyru to you, I don’t know what will.
→ Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Goodreads Description: Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.
When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
Picture Us in the Light is a slow-burn story that steadily hits the reader with the weight of its messages. That quality of the book, plus its exploration of multiple friendships, reminds me of my good pal, the Shoyru.
→ The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Goodreads Description: Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
This line describing the Shoyru, “Treat him right and you will have a friend for life,” made me automatically think of this book. The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian uses a comedic tone to tell a real and difficult story based on Sherman Alexie’s life and childhood friend.
The Kacheek is a peaceful and shy Neopet. Despite their timid disposition, they love making new friends.
→ Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
God is dead. Meet the kids.
Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.
Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.
Fat Charlie Nancy from Anansi Boys is a total Kacheek! He longs for a peaceful life, but a series of unfortunate events keeps him from that wish.
→ A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole
Goodreads Description: To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth. For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.
Everything about A Veil of Vines reminds me of the Kacheek. The love interest in this sweet, fluffy romance is especially Kacheek-like, with the way he carries himself in his calming, soft manner.
→ Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Goodreads Description: Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show.
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?
Sourdough. This book. It drew me in with its simple and, dare I say, Kacheek-like appearance to become my most perplexing book on my favorites shelf.