Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Image result for kiersten white and i darkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Goodreads rating: 3.90

Pages: 475

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBT, Romance

Date published: June 28th, 2016 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopsis

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

My review

I got and started this book when it came out, back in 2016, but eventually put it down and never picked it back up. Since I’ve been trying to finish the books I’ve started, I decided to resume my reading of And I Darken – and I was definitely not disappointed!

I must confess that, when I first started it, it didn’t really capture my attention, the story didn’t grab me – probably why I didn’t keep on reading. But this time, as soon as I picked it up, I really got into the story. I’ve never been a historical fiction fan, and that’s why I barely read the genre, but this is a great fantasy story with a historical setting. As you probably know from all the hype when it first came out, this story takes place in the 15th century, in and during the Ottoman Empire. Oh, and one of the main characters is based on Vlad the Impaler, which is so cool 🙌🏼

Our main characters, Lada and Radu, are siblings, and they’re from Wallachia, a place in Romania which is under the power of the Ottoman sultan. Their father is the prince of Wallachia, and they are Christian, unlike the Ottomans. One day, something goes wrong and their father basically sells them and leaves them to be raised by the Ottomans as a guarantee, a way to ensure that he won’t misbehave (knowing that his children will be killed if he does). Lada does not accept her fate, and she hates everything about the Ottomans, starting with Islam. Radu, however, is way less of a rebel, and is more accepting of his fate and the people around him, although they are very different and, essentially, his enemies.

Poor eunuchs. Though the chief eunuch said being castrated and sold was the only future his parents had been able to offer him, Radu did not think it was very kind. The chief eunuch was powerful, yes, in charge of the entire harem and privy to the inner workings of the empire, but what a sacrifice!

This is a story filled with political intrigue, as you can probably tell from the synopsis. I actually hate politics, so I never expected to like this kind of plot as much as I did, but it’s amazing!! I was at the edge of my seat in so many moments, I loved how the characters were constantly endangered. Well, I don’t like that they’re in danger, but you get what I mean 😄 Another great part of the plot is the rivalry between Christianity and Islam, which is, unfortunately, still a thing six centuries later.

The author focuses quite a bit on the life of the soldiers, the Janissaries, which I really liked. She focuses on the details from the way they trained to how they behaved amongst themselves and with other people, which shows that White did her research – or at least she was able to convince me that she had done her research 😄 Still regarding historical accuracy, although the book is written in English, the author points out the fact that not everyone in Edirne spoke the same language, and she mentions the switching between languages – depending on who is talking and whom they are talking to. Little details that I really appreciate 😋

The characters are all so great and HILARIOUS. I laughed so many times, everyone in this world is hysterical and I am so here for it! Most of them were absolutely brilliant, but they still made mistakes. I like badass characters, but it’s important that they’re realistic, otherwise, I can’t even relate to them. There are many strong women in the story who know what they want – and use the little-to-no power they have to get whatever it is that they want. That is rather inspiring, and I think it’s a great representation of women. Huma and Lada are, probably, some of the strongest females I have ever read about, I fucking love them ❤️🙌🏼

“I think of you like a sister,” he said. “Like a brilliant, violent, ocasionally terrifying sister that I would follow to the ends of the earth, in part because I respected her so much and in part because I feared what she would do to me if I refused.”

She nodded. “I would do awful things.”

Nicolae laughed. “The most awful.”

“And then I would steal your horse lover, to spite you.”

“Your cruelty knows no bounds.”

Speaking of representation, there are a few LGBT characters which, as you might guess, it not the best thing when you’re in Ottoman lands – or any land really, the discrimination is still present today so I can only imagine how bad it was 600 years ago 😬 Fortunately, fantasy series have been including more and more LGBT+ characters with time – which we all appreciate, don’t we? 😊🌈

Another thing I thought was very well done was Lada’s struggle as a woman growing up surrounded by men. She eventually gets her period and goes through puberty, but she doesn’t quite understand it all, as no one explains it to her. There’s also some sexual harassment, which pissed me off. It made mad and also very sorry for her – but she handles it like a boss, to be honest.

Lada did not know how much longer she could get away with stealing bedsheets. Radu had complained that his bed was stripped of everything but a single blanket. She had to sit with her back against the door to guard against discovery as she ripped his sheet into manageable pieces to staunch the flow.

Kiersten White was able to create the most genius love-triangle type of thing I have ever read. The romance in this is so freaking good, but so unusual and original. That’s definitely one of my favorite parts of the story! 😍

In conclusion, I need the second book NOW so that I can find out what happens next 😋 Maybe I’ll wait until the third book comes out in July so I can binge read them both 👌🏼

★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars

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A Court of Frost and Starlight | Sarah J. Maas (spoiler-free + spoilery section)

Image result for acofas coverA Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3.1)
Goodreads rating: 4.39

Pages: 224

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date published: May 1st, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

My review

YOU GUYS. IT’S OUT AND I’VE ALREADY READ IT. MY HEART CANNOT TAKE THIS MUCH EMOTION!!

Okay, first of all, words cannot express how happy I am about diving back into this world. If you know me, you know ACOTAR is my favorite series (besides Harry Potter), and you also know that Feysand is my religion. The best couple of all the books I’ve read in my life, hands down 👌🏼💕

Secondly, WE HAVE EVERYONE’S POINT OF VIEW OH MY GOD YESSSSSS!!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am that I got to read from Mor’s, Cassian’s and Azriel’s POV. Like I cannot handle myself, I LOVED getting a glimpse into their minds and thoughts. Just amazing okay? 😍 The only one that didn’t get a POV was Amren, for unknown reasons. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I don’t really get why, but I’m sure we’ll see more of her in the future – as well as Nesta, who also got a couple of chapters with her POV 🙌🏼

Thirdly… WHY IS IT SO SHORT I NEED A FULL NOVEL!!! I am DYING to read the next book – especially considering the sneak peek at the end. Really, Sarah?? You couldn’t just combine the whole thing and make it one giant book for me to inhale?? God, now I have to wait ANOTHER year 😭 I feel like rereading the whole series when my physical copy of this book gets here, even though I have SO MANY unread books to get through… we’ll see what happens 😅

I know a lot of people felt like this book was unnecessary and that the story was over, the series should have ended with A Court of Wings and Ruin. And to that I say: what the fuck!? There is SO MUCH unfinished business, so many things to explore, so many characters to develop… I honestly could read one of these books every year, I don’t think I would ever grow tired of it ♡♡

This novella takes place during Winter Solstice, which is a big thing in Velaris. We follow the Inner Circle, plus some other characters, as they prepare for the celebrations – with a lot of serious business mixed in there. I won’t tell you anything else because I went in not knowing much, so I wish that same experience on you! ☺️

If you can’t tell, I really freaking loved this book, even though it’s heartbreakingly short 😩 I grinned the whole time, everything just made me so happy, I’m so glad I could read about my babies again 😁

The sneak peek ends on a cliffhanger, and I am so intrigued to see what happens next, I can’t wait to have that in my hands 😍

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

 

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Wonderful things I want to mention – illustrated with quotes

Rhys being the usual sweetheart, making sure Feyre was doing alright during her period and caressing her. Also the fact that we now know how periods work for fae women!!

“It’s my job to fuss. And besides, you fuss plenty. Over far more trivial things.”

“Your cycle isn’t trivial.”

“I was in a little bit of pain—”

“You were thrashing on the bed as if someone had gutted you.”

“And you were acting like an overbearing mother hen.”

“I didn’t see you screaming at Cassian, Mor, or Az when they expressed concern for you.”

“They didn’t try to spoon-feed me like an invalid!”

Rhys chuckled, finishing off his food. “I’ll eat regular meals if you allow me to turn into an overbearing mother hen twice a year.”

Tamlin is a goddamned mess and I felt terrible, even though he deserves it. But holy shit is he down, I hope he’ll get over it in the next books, I really felt bad for the guy… the decay was overwhelming.

Tamlin didn’t speak, didn’t offer any explanations for the vacant house. For the rooms we passed, some of the carved doors cracked open enough for me to behold the destruction inside.
Shattered furniture, shredded paintings, cracked walls.

Rhys being deep and romantic and ruining all my standards for boys 🙃

“You were born on the longest night of the year.” His fingers again stroked down my back. Lower. “You were meant to be at my side from the very beginning.”

The humor of every single character had me laughing out loud – I love them all so much, god damnit 😩

“He’d seen Nesta in that particular pose, too. He called it her I Will Slay My Enemies pose.

Cassian had named about two dozen poses for Nesta at this point. Ranging from I Will Eat Your Eyes for Breakfast to I Don’t Want Cassian to Know I’m Reading Smut. The latter was his particular favorite.”

“We have thirty minutes,” he said with remarkable smoothness.

“And it takes you two hours to get dressed,” Mor quipped through the door. A sly pause. “And I’m not talking about Feyre.”

“Pick on someone your own size,” Cassian said to Amren, shoveling roast chicken into his mouth. “I’d feel bad for the mice,” Azriel muttered. Mor and Cassian howled, earning a blush from Azriel and a grateful smile from Elain—and no shortage of scowling from Amren.

The fact that one of the Inner Circle traditions during the Solstice is a snowball fight… warriors in a snowball fight!!! 😂 Also the part that comes after said fight 😏

“Three Illyrian warriors,” I said. “The greatest Illyrian warriors. Are having a snowball fight.”

Mor’s eyes practically glowed with wicked delight. “Since they were children.”

“They’re over five hundred years old.”

THE SEX SCENES LORD HELP ME
THE WALL… THE FUCKING WALL!!

Also the possibility of a FEYSAND BABY!?!??! I am NOT okay

“Last week had been so stupidly busy and I’d been so desperate for the feel and taste of her that I’d taken her during the flight down from the House of Wind to the town house. High above Velaris—for all to see, if it weren’t for the cloaking I had thrown into place. It’d required some careful maneuvering, and I’d planned for months now on actually making a moment of it, but with her against me like that, alone in the skies, all it had taken was one look into those blue-gray eyes and I was unfastening her pants.

A moment later, I’d been inside her, and had nearly sent us crashing into the rooftops like an Illyrian whelp. Feyre had just laughed.

I’d climaxed at the husky sound of it.”

What is there not to love in this book? I can only think of one thing: its length 😅

 


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From the Earth to the Shadows | Amanda Hocking

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Image result for from the earth to the shadows amanda hockingFrom the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads rating: 3.52

Pages: 336

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Date published: April 24th, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback

Synopsis

The epic conclusion to the thrilling Valkyrie duology by New York Times bestselling YA author Amanda Hocking, From the Earth to the Shadows.

While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies–and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she’s never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

About the author

Image result for amanda hockingAmanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

Social Links:

Author Website: http://www.worldofamandahocking.com/
Twitter: @Amanda_Hocking
Facebook: @AmandaHockingFans
Author Blog

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Since From the Earth to the Shadows is a sequel, I can’t tell you much about the story. I reviewed the first book in the duology a couple months ago, so if you’d like to get a sense of what this is about, you can read that review here.

This second book is more of a heist and quest book. Our characters have to steal objects, as they were chosen for this mission by a Vanir god. In order to do this, they have to go to Kurgunia, the Underworld, where all immortals live after their time on Earth is done. 💀

Valeska nodded once. “At noon, we go to hell.”

We have way more action in this book than we did in the first one. There are more fighting scenes – and an uprising -, so almost every chapter is action-packed, which makes the book a fast read. ⚡️

I read it in two days, and although I enjoyed it, there was something missing. I can’t put my finger on it, but I liked the first book a bit more. Maybe it’s all the heartbreak this one caused… ☹️

Our main characters are back, and now there are so many new ones!! I really enjoyed meeting Valeska, for one, she’s badass. I mean, any girl that can fly is automatically badass, amirite? But my favorite new character was probably Lyra, she was very sweet and just wanted to do whatever she could for her daughter! 😢

“I don’t want to overwhelm him or scare him off.”
“Overwhelm him?” he asked once I’d closed the door behind him. “This guy alleges to have dated your mother. If she didn’t overwhelm him, nothing will.”
“Fair enough.”

There are LGBT characters in this book, as well as the first one, which I always appreciate. And it’s girls!! Usually, the LGBT books I read are about boys, so I really enjoyed this, it’s a breath of fresh air ☺️ The main romance in this book is very cute, and I loved every second of it! Asher is the sweetest 😍

His voice was low and husky as he stared into my eyes and said, “When they brought me here, they showed me the unimaginable enchantment of the world outside these walls. I have seen beauty beyond anything I could’ve dreamed, the full breadth and majesty of everything their heavens have to offer.” He smiled softly and cradled my face in his hand. “And still, I’ve never seen anything as wonderful and beautiful as you walking through that door in the dungeon.”

As for the plot, I thought it was well-thought-out and -executed, so that is definitely a strong point of this book. I loved seeing Hocking’s interpretation of the Underworld, as it’s something I think about a lot. When you think about the Underworld, what do you imagine it’s like?

Once again, this book was filled with mythology. In this world, all the different mythology from different cultures is mashed together, so you have gods like Bastet, Tsukiyomi, Prometheus, all in the same book. Additionally, there are creatures from many different cultures like a chupacabra, kalanoro, alkonost and wolpertinger. I love how the author combines all of this in one story, it’s very cool!

Along with mythology, there is also magic, as one of the main characters works with thaumaturgy and alchemy. Here are some of the spells she uses:

“Omnium visibilium et invisibilium omnium manemus”

“Lux splendida!”

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and a nice conclusion to the duology. I am not a fan of urban fantasy, but I like these two books, so if you’re a reader of the genre, definitely give these a try!

★★★☆☆ 3.5/5 stars


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Review: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (spoiler-free)

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Goodreads rating: 4.38

Pages: 448

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance

Date published: March 6th, 2018 (US)

My rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

My review

I’ve been trying to write a review for this book since I finished it a couple weeks ago, and I still don’t know what to say.

As you might know, Tahereh Mafi is one of my favorite authors, and her Shatter Me series is in my top 3 series of all time. This being the case, I was beyond excited to read this book, and I got the ebook as soon as it came out.

I devoured every single page, extremely excited to be back in this world and to read about my favorite characters. Needless to say, I loved the shit out of Restore Me – I mean, Tahereh did write it, and anything written by her is amazing.

Here are some of my favorite things about it:

  • Panic attack rep, which is not very common
  • The conversations that took place
  • Juliette being a badass bitch
  • Warnette, obviously
  • Anything Kenji says, ever
  • Realistic reactions to things
  • Lots of bonding
  • Political intrigue
  • THE FUCKING PLOT TWISTS
  • THAT ENDING OH MY GOD GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK PLEASE
  • New (sassy) characters

Overall, I just want to tell you that, if you haven’t already, you need to start this series. It’s such a great story, and I just want to shove the books in everyone’s faces and force them to read them 😅

★★★★★ 5/5 stars


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Evalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh | Review + Author Q&A

58f1cdf769f94f5295ce4b26479470fc_originalEvalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh

Goodreads rating: 4.50

Pages: 386

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Date published: December 5th, 2017 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback

Synopsis

Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world.

On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle breaks her skin, she is blissfully happy. She never considers another outcome, until it’s too late.

Now 18-year-old Evalene lives in fear, struggling with her new identity, stripped of her freedom and basic human rights. Can she escape her Number? Is anyone else asking the same question?

Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love Evalene’s Number and its incredible dystopian tale.

My review

Thank you so much to the author Bethany Atazadeh for sending me a copy of her book, and for her lovely Instagram stories of her dog, Penny ♡

I must say I am not the biggest fan of dystopian novels, but I absolutely LOVED Evalene’s Number. I’m not sure exactly what made me like this book and not the other ones I previously read – maybe the author’s writing, or the characters I loved? -, but the truth is I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

In the description, it is suggested that this book is somehow similar to Divergent and The Hunger Games. I do see some similarities (like the totalitarian regime and the rebellion), but I honestly enjoyed this way more 😀 I personally haven’t finished Divergent or THG, they’re just not my cup of tea. This one, though, I couldn’t put down after page 30 or so, it was SO ADDICTING!!

The characters are SO lovely, especially Jeremiah. What a fucking sweetheart 😩 where are the guys like him in real life??? WHERE??? The main character, for a change, is not insufferable as they usually are in YA. The way Evalene acts is not stupid. She is smart and at times very brave – and she uses her brain. Also, I felt as though the way she acted was absolutely in accordance with how she was treated throughout her life, which made her character feel more real.

The writing was very flowy. I barely noticed I was constantly turning the pages and next thing I knew I was halfway through the book 😅 Lovely writing, it doesn’t seem like a debut at all – which it is!

As for the world, I found it to be very intriguing. It’s a post-WW3 society, in which people are given a number. That number is what defines them, and it’s tattooed on your neck, so you can’t really escape it. I won’t go into more details, but I found it to be a good dystopian world. I’m looking forward to the next book – Pearl’s Number -, to see what Bethany does with the world. Maybe we’ll get some more science fiction elements in the next book, I really enjoyed the ones included in Evalene’s Number!

Basically, the only complaint I have about this book is that I wanted more romance 😂 I ship the fuck out of the (not yet) couple in this book and I CAN’T WAIT to read about them together 😍 Also the side couple – you know who I’m talking about if you’ve read it – is amazing and they need to just KISS ALREADY 😄

In summary, this is pretty much the only dystopian I’ve loved so far, and I feel as though both dystopian lovers and people like me – who aren’t big fans of the genre – can enjoy it. I definitely recommend that you give it a try 👍🏼

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


Q&A WITH BETHANY ATAZADEH

1. How many books are you planning to write in this series?

Right now, it’s going to be a duology. I’m way too excited about my next fantasy series to keep going with the Number Series right now. Sometimes I’ve considered writing Olive’s story in a third book… maybe someday I’ll change my mind and decide to do that.

2. What made you want to write a novel set after a fictional WW3?

Hmm… I think I wanted a world that had our history, but at some point it went sideways. I had this idea of Numbers, and how people were shoved into boxes and labeled, and I kind of created the world around that.

3. Will we find out the reasons behind this World War in the following book(s)?

Originally it was actually Y2K haha! I had read a lot about how it could have gone, how if banks were shut down, people would panic, if one country reacted violently, they all would have responded, all the fears people had about it… I decided to create a world where the absolute worst did happen, and that’s where our real history ended and this new world began. I ended up taking a lot of that out of the book, because it wasn’t really relevant to the story. I’m not sure if it’ll be valuable to include in the second book either, but that’s the history behind it all. 🙂

4. What was your hardest scene to write in this first book?

The middle. For some reason, I knew exactly how it would end, and I knew where to start, but the middle dragged a bit. I just needed to spice it up. I knew that if it wasn’t exciting to me, it wouldn’t be exciting to a reader, so I had to spend a lot of time getting it right.

5. Should we expect some romantic action in book two?

Ooooh yeah. Absolutely. 😉

6. Did any people in real life inspire you to write certain characters?

Definitely. A lot of things about Jeremiah are based on my husband – his character, his strength, his bravery, as well as his good looks! 😉 I also liked to pull in tiny quirks and details from other people I knew or met as I wrote the story, and form characters around those little bits and pieces – like how our tax guy wears two sets of glasses. I about died laughing when I saw that. I think the tattoo artist in the beginning of Evalene’s Number was based on that image haha!

7. Do you plan on trying different genres in the future?

I do! I’m super excited about the fantasy series I mentioned above. I’ve got this storyline forming with some super BA women that I’m just so pumped to write about. There aren’t enough brave, confident, fierce, strong women role models in fiction for me, I want more! They say if you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it. So that’s what I’m excited to do! 🙂


Thank you so much for your answers, Bethany! I’m definitely looking forward to that romance in Pearl’s Number 😉

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Between the Blade and the Heart | Blog Tour Review & GIVEAWAY

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between-the-blade-and-the-heart-valkyrie-1-amanda-hockingBetween the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads rating: 3.58

Pages: 319

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Date published: January 2nd, 2018 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback

Synopsis

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

My review

Firstly, I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, as well as a paperback copy to give away to one lucky winner.

Between the Blade and the Heart is a sort-of urban fantasy story, set in a very polluted and doomed world. Our main character, Malin, is a Valkyrie, meaning her job is to kill immortals when their time is up. The four central characters throughout the story are Malin, her best friend Oona, Asher, a guy who is thrust in her path, and her ex-girlfriend, Quinn. Oh yeah, we have a bisexual main character!! All of these characters are now near and dear to my heart, and I can’t believe I’ll have to wait for like a year for the second book to come out 😦

Every booth was overflowing with exotic and strange wares, like dragon’s breath in a bottle, bones that allegedly belonged to Hercules, and the quills of a thunderbird.

Without going into plot details, I must say this story totally captivated me. I read about 30% of this book over the course of a few days, but when I finally had time, I flew through the rest of the book. It’s such a great, fast-paced story that I couldn’t put down.

The pictures changed to a depiction of men bent forward, worshipping feline-headed Bastet; then to the multi-armed Vishnu, adorned in gold and jewels…

There is a mix of a lot of different mythological creatures, from various ancient cultures, and I am ALL about it. If you don’t know by now, Egypt is kind of my thing, so I was very excited to see some of my favorite gods mentioned, even if they barely come into play ♡

I’d offer you something to drink, but I don’t want you here, so…

“I’m leaving the money here for you.”

“Damn, Malin, you really know how to make a guy feel like a prostitute,” Jude said with his rumbling laughter

The dialogue in this book was great, and I laughed out loud a few times. The wit is absolutely on point. The creatures Hocking features in this story are pretty damn awesome. I do have to mention my personal favorite – Bowie, who is Malin’s wolpertinger, meaning she is a bunny with WINGS AND ANTLERS. How freaking cute is that, seriously!? Also, can we appreciate this piece of information about Bowie:

Some wolpertingers could fly, but Bowie had always been too fat and preferred doing as little as possible

Yeah… I need twenty of them in my house 😀 I should advise you that there is a love triangle in this story, but not exactly a silly one – at least in my opinion, it is rather justified. Just letting you know, since a lot of people don’t like love triangles.

There is a cliffhanger at the end of this book that is totally eating up at me, so I REALLY need to know what happens. Brilliant ending, by the way! I can’t stop thinking about this book now hahaha it’s gonna be a struggle until the second book comes out!

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


GIVEAWAY

As the winner, you will receive a copy of Between the Blade and the Heart. This giveaway is open for U.S. residents only – sorry about that, but there will surely be more opportunities for international readers! Here’s how to enter to win in four easy steps:

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This giveaway will end on January 21st 2018, so you have around two weeks to enter. Good luck to everyone participating! ♡


Have you read Between the Blade and the Heart? What did you think about that love triangle? Let me know in the comments! ♡

I definitely recommend that you give this book a chance, I think it might be one of my favorite books that I’ve received from a publisher. Totally worth it!

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Between the Blade and the Heart and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

9200000010469068Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)

Goodreads rating: 4.49

Pages: 418

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date published: Aug 27th, 2013 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My review

Let me just preface this post by saying I am seriously addicted to this series. I finished the first book on Wednesday night, and already finished this one this evening – mind you, I had a test today, and I barely studied because I was that hooked!! All the hype makes total sense after reading it!

Her salary as King’s Champion was considerable, and Celaena spent every last copper of it. Shoes, hats, tunics, dresses, jewelry, weapons, baubles for her hair, and books. Books and books and books. So many books that Philippa had to bring up another bookcase for her room.

This was an amazing sequel, and way better than the first book, that’s for sure! I found the plot to be very intriguing and, as any of SJM’s plots, very intelligent. I honestly don’t know how she comes up with these things!! Every little detail she mentions will come into play later, and everything just connects so flawlessly. She is absolutely genius.

She wouldn’t mind working with him – but not in the way Roland meant. Her way would include a dagger, a shovel, and an unmarked grave.

As I said in my review for Throne of Glass, I don’t usually enjoy 3rd person narrative, but it REAAALLY works for this series, and I’m beginning to like it more.

There are some quite scary scenes in here, and also a looooooot of emotional stuff, so definitely be prepared for an emotional roller coaster!

She had mountains of unread books sitting in her rooms but didn’t feel like reading any of them.

I’m OBSESSED with the OTP here, and I’m praying that they will stay together. PLEASE let them stay together I love them so muchhhhhh
I liked the OTP in the first book, but I don’t think anything could beat the current one, to be completely honest. My ship has sailed, friends.

“She’s just one girl.”

Though his guts were twisting at the thought of her in this place, (…) he gave the man a grin. “Then you’re really in for a surprise.”

I also felt as though there was a fair amount of character development, which I am always here for! Some of the characters matured a lot, or at least that’s what I gathered as I kept reading.
I love these characters so much it hurts *sobs*
My favorite characters are: Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, Mort, Nehemia and Ress (although he’s not often present, I really like the guy – he’s probably the only sane person in this entire series, tbh)
Despite there being amazing characters whom I love, I should warn you that 80% of the characters in this series are absolutely despicable and need to die like yesterday.

“I bet you wipe your ass with gold.”

“I don’t think that would be very comfortable.”

Unfortunately, I was spoiled for the big revelation at the end, so I already knew what would happen. That did take something away from my reading experience, but I absolutely loved Crown of Midnight nonetheless, and it wouldn’t make any sense to lower the rating based on an external factor. So, I will be giving it 5 stars, without a second thought.

My rating

I reeeeeeaaaally really love this series, and this book is my favorite so far. I absolutely recommend that you start reading the Throne of Glass series. I thought nothing would come close to the ACOTAR series, but I think this one will be at the same level for me, and that’s saying a lot.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ll go dive right into the third book now.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars


Have you read the ToG series? Which book is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! ♡

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