Hello Again! and ACOWAR

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I feel so bad I’ve been so MIA; this semester has really destroyed and exhausted me. But now that I’m going into the last week of the semester, I am sooooooo excited to start reading for fun again!!

To start up my reading again, I picked up A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon because I’m really eager to get back into the Outlander world again, but HELLO!!! It’s May, and that means A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, A.K.A., a book I’ve been waiting a YEAR for, was released on May 2, so I had to put Gabaldon down immediately. I’m only a couple chapters into ACOWAR, but I am so ready to be destroyed by this book. It’s the last book in the series (though Maas mentioned she’ll be writing more books set in the Prythian world, thank God), so I’m excited to see how everything wraps up with these beloved characters.

If you haven’t read anything by Sarah J. Maas or have never read the ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses) series, GO READ NOW! She has amazing high-fantasy novels that will immerse you in their worlds and connect you so deeply with their characters. Plus, the fan art for both of her series are AMAZING.


I’m glad to be back on here, and I hope to be A LOT more active from now on.

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Reading Update: Sarah J. Maas Will be the Death of Me

My baby for the next few hours before work. SJM kills me with her stories. 😩💕
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I think I have come to the point where it’s safe to say that Sarah J. Maas is going to kill me. Her stories are so immersive, and I’ve been completely lazy and unproductive the past two weeks as I’ve been devouring Heir of Fire and now Queen of Shadows.

I CAN’T GET ENOUGH

And honestly…

Rowan.

That is all.

I’ve fallen completely in love with the Throne of Glass series. It took me a while to jump onto the wagon of this fandom, and I still wasn’t sure after the first book, but OMG I’m in love now.

Most have read this series, and most agree and understand how much I’ve been dying these past weeks. But if you haven’t read this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! GO TO THE BOOKSTORE RIGHT NOW.

I feel like I’m so completely wrapped up in this story that I don’t want anything to do with my reality at the moment (aside from my lovely husband, of course). I’m constantly thinking about the story and the characters, even when I’m not actively reading the book. I can’t recommend this series enough. SJM really knows how to weave an intricate and enthralling tale. She does it in the Throne of Glass series and one my all-time favorites, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

READ THEM NOW!

Okay, I’m going to get back to reading now!


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Reading Update: A Torch Against the Night

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The only regret I have is waiting so long to read this book. I read the preceding book, An Ember in the Ashes, back in August and fell in love with this world. It was a happy coincidence that I finished that days before A Torch Against the Night was released. But other books seemed to take precedence, so it’s only now that I am finally getting around to reading it!

So far, I’m really liking the sequel. I love how it begins right where An Ember left off, and from there, it’s constantly fast-paced. The stakes are higher than the first, but I don’t want to say anything that will spoil it. I love the characters, and the readers get to see the story from Helene’s point of view, which adds to the textuality and flavor of the book and its world.

I’m only halfway through, but I’m dying to see how Laia and Elias’s relationship develops. Without spoiling anything, I will say that their relationship is much closer in this book and their circumstances force them to work and grow together. However, events may be detrimental to that growth. I don’t know where it’s headed, but I’m personally loving hearing it from both of their perspectives.

If you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes, I encourage you to do so because it’s a brilliant book that builds such a vast and detailed world. Then, you can read A Torch Against the Night, and talk with me about it!

If you have read either or both books, let me know your thoughts and feelings! I’d love to discuss with you guys in the comments below!


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Reading Update: Crown of Midnight

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I finally finished Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas. I had to take a little break from reading because I had to start another book for university. But now that it’s Thanksgiving break, I actually have an opportunity to get to the things I’ve been wanting to do like finish this book! As much as I love this world and the many different characters,  Celaena really started to irritate me in this book.

Without giving away any spoilers, Celaena goes through something that makes her question whether she can trust certain people, and I just felt like at a certain point it just started getting old. The way she thinks sometimes and the things that she does are the types of things that makes the audience say, “no, don’t go in there. Don’t do that. Nooooo!!” It’s like come on, girl listen reason.

Despite these reservations, I did really enjoy that the plot is thickening and building up the conflict concerning the queen. I look forward to reading Heir of Fire, but I think I’m going to take a break from the Throne of Glass series and read something else.

Overall, I rate this book 3.5 stars.

Speaking of stars, I plan to read These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman next!


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(Mini) Book Review: FINISHED TOG

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I finished Throne of Glass, and I have to admit that I am absolutely HOOKED.

Thank goodness I already own Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, so now I can marathon-read them!

I love the world and the characters within it. I’m so curious to unfold all of the mysteries that Sarah J. Maas packs within this book. I want to find out more about Celaena’s past and her suppressed memories. I want to figure out what the heck the king is up to, and why Celaena has such a weird reaction around him. I want to see more of her and Chaol (and Dorian obvi) and how that will all play out.

AHHHH I need to be home already so I can cozy up in bed and dive into Crown of Midnight!


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Reading Update: Throne of Glass

As you know from my previous post, I finally started reading Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas. Let me just tell you that I am absolutely loving this book!

For the longest time (over a year and a half now), I have owned but avoided reading this book because I was intimidated by the high fantasy genre of it. I think the main thing was that there seemed to be so many characters whose names no one can seem to pronounce.

Despite all of these fears, I am so upset with myself for not picking up this series sooner.

I love Caelena’s story and her mysterious past that we don’t fully know yet. And I really can’t make up my mind between Dorian and Chaol. I love them both, so I have no idea who I want her to end up with. But I’ve heard so many spoilers through BookTube that I think I already know the answer…

Anyway, I just wanted to give an update and let you guys know that I am completely loving this first book. I have about 60 pages left, but I will go ahead and say that I definitely recommend reading this book!


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Literary Lists:

It’s Tuesday everyone, and you know what that means! It’s time for another Literary List!

A few weeks ago, I decided to add a new periodical series entitled, “Literary Lists,” which will consist of literary lists (surprise, surprise) with a new theme/topic each week. Each list will be limited to the top ten books that fall under the topic of the week. This series will (hopefully) be  published every Tuesday from now on, since I’ve already failed doing so the past couple weeks. Anyone is welcome to participate and fill out their own lists, just be sure to lead your readers back to the original on my page!

This week’s theme: TBR Fantasy

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
  • A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir
  • City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
  • Graceling, by Kristen Cashore
  • The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
  • Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Mistborn Trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

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