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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For an extra entry, tag a friend in the comments of the Instagram post.

And that’s it!! After these steps, you are entered to win the giveaway!

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


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I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Crown of Midnight and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne-of-glass-sarah-j-maasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads rating: 4.23

Pages: 404

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date published: Aug 7th, 2012 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

My review

I had already started reading this book, around two years ago, under the influence of the booktube community. However, the story hadn’t hooked me, so I put it aside… until now. And I did NOT expect to like this book as much as I did. Of course, it’s not nearly as good as ACOMAF, but wow I really liked it!!

Are you planning on biting the cue again? Because if you are, I’d like to invite the court painter so I can forever remember the sight.

I really loved the main character, Celaena. She’s smart, she’s witty, she’s funny and she’s badass. And above all, she feels REAL: she’s not invincible and immediately a pro at everything; she has weaknesses; she has her period and gets cramps – CRAMPS!! What more could you ask for in a main character??? SJM did a damned good job, I’ll tell you that!

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

I also have to talk about our love interest(s), of course. I am the biggest sucker for romance. Put romance in a book, and I’ll be happy, even if the book is crap. I reaaaaally like the main love interest in here, but there is definitely a love triangle coming our way – which I know some people hate, but I don’t really mind. He was so kind and cute and he really likes her and my heart melts for him!! As for the other – potential – love interest, I actually am not opposed to him, I love the guy. However, at least for the time being, I am rooting for the main guy. Sorry for being vague but I don’t want to spoil anyone!!

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

I’d heard people say that SJM’s male characters were all the same, that they barely had different personalities… but I didn’t see that. I expected to see that in Throne of Glass, because it was her debut, but I did not find all the male characters to be the same. Even the other assassins, they each had their traits and different personalities. I’m confused as to where people see this flaw in her writing, but I digress…

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

I must confess I was not expecting the story to go the way it went. This also happened withACOTAR, actually. I very much enjoyed seeing where SJM went, and the twists and turns that she added in. I’d hate to tell you too much, so I’ll just say that it has a very nice mystery aspect, which often made me feel like I was reading some sort of thriller/fantasy mashup. Brilliant plot line, as always.

“How long was I asleep?” she whispered. He didn’t respond.
“How long was I asleep?” she asked again, and noticed a hint of red in his cheeks.
“You were asleep, too?”
“Until you began drooling on my shoulder.”

I’ve always said that I don’t enjoy 3rd person narrative – and I don’t, not as much as 1st person – but it really worked for Throne of Glass. I don’t think I’ve told you this before, but one of my absolute FAVORITE things is when we get to see things from the guy’s perspective, so that is one of the reasons I enjoyed 3rd person in this book. Also, we get to see a ton of characters’ POVs in the same book, as the story progresses, which I did enjoy.

With each day he felt the barriers melting. He let them melt. Because of her genuine laugh, because he caught her one afternoon sleeping with her face in the middle of a book, because he knew that she would win.

There are some flaws to the book, though, which is exactly why I didn’t give it 5 stars. Also because it definitely doesn’t deserve the same rating as ACOMAF. Firstly, I found the book to be predictable. I literally predicted everything that happened, except for one final “revelation”, because clichés and bookish tropes. Lastly, we have these lines: “How she loathed him!”; “Oh, he couldn’t stand her contradictions!” – is it just me or are these lines awkward? I think it’s because of the 3rd person narrative, but oh my god I hated reading those!!

My rating

In conclusion, I reeeeeeaaaally liked Throne of Glass, way more than I expected. I was very pleasantly surprised and I already have the second book next to me, which I’ll start after writing this review.

I really recommend that you pick it up, especially since most of the books in the series are out, so you can binge read them (which is probably what I’ll do)

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


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I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Throne of Glass and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
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Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Read in English

As you may already know, Shatter Me is one of my favorite series, making Tahereh Mafi one of my favorite writers. When I heard that she was coming out with a new book, I was SO EXCITED, and immediately ordered it… and didn’t read it until now – I know, I know, I’m terrible!!

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (Furthermore #1)
Goodreads rating: 3.95
Pages: 416
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Date published: August 30th, 2016 (USA)
Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

THE BOOK

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I have the paperback edition, and I hadn’t realized how beautiful its details were until I picked up the book a couple days ago.

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In the second page, there is this breathtaking illustration, which I couldn’t help but immediately take pictures of for my Instagram, it is so beautiful! Really captures the essence of the book.

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A couple pages ahead, there is this delightful illustration of Alice, the main character in Furthermore. Isn’t it so pretty?

Lastly, I wanted to show you the chapter dividers that appear as the story progresses. I thought they were so cute and witty!

THE STORY

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Furthermore is a story about a girl – Alice – who was born colorless in a world built on color. As you can probably guess, her life isn’t quite an easy one, and we learn about her struggles growing up looking very different from everyone else her age.

“Love, it turned out, could both hurt and heal. Strange.”

However, Furthermore isn’t just about Alice’s struggles, it is about adventure, friendship, and love.

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Alice’s father left three years ago with nothing but a ruler in his pocket, and no one knows why, nor where he went to.

“There is nothing you could offer me that I would want, you overgrown pineapple.”

When Alice finds out where her father might be, she goes on an impossible heist with Oliver, a boy she went to school with, leaving her mother and triplet brothers behind in the hopes that she can fix her family – to Furthermore, a land she never knew was real.

MY THOUGHTS

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Furthermore was a very well-written Alice in Wonderland sort of story. The writing made me feel like I was reading a fairytale. Even the way the characters speak makes you feel like you’re in a fairytale!
The narrator addresses us directly throughout the story, and adds details (or complains about how there’s too many of them to remember), which made me feel immersed and connect even more with the story. Tahereh just has a way with words – it seemed magical!

“Oh, life had been a lonely one, but she knew how to pass the time”

The world is a very original, intricate one, and I think Tahereh did an amazing job describing it and making it feel real, and like I was in it! I should say, though, that the currency was a bit confusing to understand, I still am not certain of the hierarchy – although I’m sure I’d fix this if I went back to re-read a couple parts in which it is mentioned.

I don’t want to tell you what exactly exists in this world, as I feel it would spoil it, and I very much enjoyed going into the book without knowing much – I will tell you this, though: it is filled with magic, both wonderful and terrible!

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In terms of characters, I thought they were well-written, and very realistic, especially Alice, who reminded me of my younger sister, who is the same age as her and acts very similarly – dreamy and always emphasizing how she’s ALMOST TWELVE!
I really liked the two main characters that we follow throughout the book, their friendship is honestly so adorable ♡

“Hope, you see, was all she had, and she would hold on to it, come hills or high water.”

I also wanted to emphasize how funny some lines in this book are, I laughed out loud a few times throughout it – it’s such an enjoyable read!

“He looked a bit like a pistachio”

Oh, and let me tell you, I bookmarked so many pages because this book is extremely quotable. There are soooooo many amazing quotes in it – as you can see throughout this review – that I could not help but save them for future reference!

“[She] would choose to love herself, different and extraordinary, every day of the week”

The plot in itself screams adventure and fun times, and I felt as though it was both simple and complex at the same time, since the world is fairly intricate and there are so many details to be used as the story unfolds.

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That is all for my thoughts on Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, absolutely recommend it to everyone, especially those who are still kids at heart!

Buy Furthermore in paperback or hardback with free worldwide shipping!

If you’d like to read other reviews, here is a list of all of them!!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you on my next post ♡

Lê em Português

Como provavelmente já sabem, a série Shatter Me é uma das minhas favoritas, o que faz com que Tahereh Mafi seja uma das minhas autoras prediletas. Quando soube que ela ia lançar outro livro, fiquei super entusiasmada e comprei-o imediatamente… e não o li até agora – eu sei, eu sei, vergonha!!!!

Furthermore de Tahereh Mafi (Furthermore #1)
Goodreads: 3.95 estrelas
Páginas: 416
Género: Middle Grade (juvenil), Fantasia
Date published: August 30th, 2016 (USA)
Goodreads // Compra este livro: capa mole & capa dura

O LIVRO

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Eu tenho a edição de capa mole, e não me tinha apercebido dos seus detalhes maravilhosos até ter começado a ler o livro.

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Na segunda página, encontramos esta ilustração linda, e eu assim que a vi tive logo que a fotografar para o Instagram! Achei que capturava muito bem a essência da história.

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Duas ou três páginas depois, temos esta ilustração da Alice, personagem principal de Furthermore. Não é encantadora?

Por fim, queria mostrar-vos as divisões entre capítulos que vão aparecendo ao longo da história. Achei-as super giras, e têm tudo a ver com a história!

A HISTÓRIA

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Furthermore é uma história sobre a Alice, uma menina que nasceu sem cor, num mundo muito colorido. Como podem imaginar, a sua vida não é fácil, e nós vamos vendo como ela lida com a sua diferença em relação às outras crianças da sua idade.

“Love, it turned out, could both hurt and heal. Strange.”

Mas não se deixem enganar, Furthermore não é só sobre as dificuldades da Alice – fala de amizade, aventura e amor.

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O pai da Alice desapareceu há três anos, levando apenas uma régua consigo, e ninguém sabe porquê – e muito menos para onde foi.

“There is nothing you could offer me that I would want, you overgrown pineapple.”

Quando a Alice descobre onde o seu pai poderá estar, ela vai tentar encontrá-lo com o Oliver, um rapaz que andou com ela na escola. Assim, Alice deixa a sua mãe e três irmãos para encontrar a única pessoa que pode consertar a sua família, que ficou desamparada sem ele.

Alice e Oliver partem para Furthermore, um lugar que ela sempre achou ser imaginário.

A MINHA OPINIÃO

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Furthermore é uma história muito bem desenvolvida, que me faz lembrar Alice no País das Maravilhas. A escrita fez-me sentir como se estivesse a ler um conto de fadas – até a forma como os personagens falavam me transmitia essa sensação!
O narrador dirige-se directamente ao leitor ao longo da história, e acrescenta detalhes (ou queixa-se da quantidade de detalhes que tem que decorar), algo que nos faz sentir incluídos na própria história. A escrita da Tahereh é simplesmente mágica!

“Oh, life had been a lonely one, but she knew how to pass the time”

O mundo é muito original, e complexo, e eu considero que a autora fez um óptimo trabalho no que toca a descrever o mundo e fazê-lo parecer real! Devo, no entanto, dizer que a moeda que eles usam neste mundo é um pouco confusa – eu ainda não estou certa da hierarquia das moedas! Nada que não se resolva voltando às partes em que se menciona a moeda e tentando perceber, obviamente, mas não ficou claro à primeira.

Não vou contar-vos exactamente o que existe neste mundo, porque não quero estragar a vossa experiência (eu gostei de entrar na história sem saber muito) -, mas digo-vos isto: é um mundo repleto de magia, tanto boa, como terrível!

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Em termos de personagens, achei que estavam todos bem escritos, e que eram realistas – especialmente a Alice, que me fez lembrar a minha irmã que tem a mesma idade que ela e age da mesma forma!
Adorei as duas personagens principais que seguimos ao longo do livro, e achei a sua amizade muito querida e entusiasmante ♡

“Hope, you see, was all she had, and she would hold on to it, come hills or high water.”

Queria também frisar quão engraçado este livro é, houve cenas em que me ri imenso com as coisas que os personagens diziam!

“He looked a bit like a pistachio”

Ah, e tenho que vos dizer: este livro tem imensas frases lindas e com significados importantes e complexos. Marquei imensas citações para poder usar mais tarde!

“[She] would choose to love herself, different and extraordinary, every day of the week”

O enredo em si grita aventura e diversão, e eu senti que era simultaneamente simples e complexo, pois o mundo é um pouco complexo e existem muitos detalhes que podem ser usados ao longo da história, mas que não nos confundem pela sua simplicidade (espero que isto faça sentido).

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Dei 4.5 estrelas a Furthermore de Tahereh Mafi, recomendo a toda a gente, especialmente a quem mantém uma parte infantil dentro de si!

That is all for my thoughts on Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, absolutely recommend it to everyone, especially those who are still kids at heart!

Compra Furthermore em capa mole ou capa dura com portes grátis para todos os países!

Se estiverem interessados em ler mais opiniões, aqui está a lista de todas as resenhas.

Muito obrigada por visitarem o blog,
Vêmo-nos no próximo post ♡

 

 

 

 

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

acowar_usA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Goodreads rating: 4.7

Pages: 705

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date published: May 2nd, 2017 (USA)

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback & Hardback

Synopsis

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

My rating

☆☆☆☆☆ · 5/5 stars, but it honestly broke the scale for me, just like ACOMAF. Definitely will reread it during this weekend

Review

Warning: this book includes mature content and is not suitable for young readers

If you haven’t yet, check out my review for A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in this series, and A Court of Mist and Fury, the second.

This first (short) part will be spoiler-free, and then I’ll get into all my feelings with tons of spoilers. But PLEASEEEE do yourself a favor and read this series so you can discuss it with me. I could write a thousand reviews and still not be able to express how much these books mean to me… so please read them hahaha

I will most likely curse and use a lot of caps, because I just finished it and I am overwhelmed with feelings. Please bear with me…

The characters, as always, were on point. We’re introduced to a ton of new characters, with some diversity – especially sexual. The new characters, great as they might be, literally mean nothing to me compared to the Inner Circle… I live for those six and their interactions, they make me laugh so hard aND I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH

“He would not suspect when I turned them on each other”

The world building is great in this one, as it was in ACOMAF. We are introduced to new places, and they are fucking beautiful as always. This world is honestly so well thought-out and, despite everything bad that goes on, I’d still love to live in it.

Mile after mile. A kingdom of the rotting dead. And still I looked.

As far as the plot goes, let me tell you: this book has so many plot twists, it’s not even funny. I was gasping every other page, SO MANY TWISTS AND TURNS. How does SJM even come up with all of this stuff??? I don’t think I’ve ever read or heard of a book with this many twists and revelations, I was literally mind-blown the whole time.

“When I looked to Ianthe and smiled again, I let a little bit of the wolf show.”

Sarah J. Maas’s writing, yet again, is extremely addicting, I could NOT put this book down. I even read it on the bus, despite the fact that I get car-sick if I read. I didn’t give a shit, I just wanted to know what would happen next. SJM has that power, that ability to hook you and always have you wondering, even after the book ends.

“Cassian’s wings rustled. “Daylight is a precious resource.”

“We live in the Night Court,” Mor countered”

A summary: I HAVE NOT YET RECOVERED FROM THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER THAT THIS BOOK BROUGHT UPON ME AND I DOUBT I EVER WILL

Once again, I recommend this book to everyone. Please, please, PLEASE, pick this series up. You will most definitely NOT regret it, trust me. Even if you don’t like the first book, you will LOVE the other two, for sure!

I hope I was able express my feelings well enough, and that anyone who hasn’t picked up ACOTAR does, because this series is one of the best out there.

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Spoilery section [in which I yell about my feelings]

 

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So we start off with Feyre SLAYING the role she decided to play in the Spring Court. Tamlin is a FUCKING DUMBASS, as usual, but Lucien – my smol ginger child – knows what’s up.

Also, can we talk about Feyre letting Tamlin think she’s interested in Lucien? Fucking priceless

Then when Feyre has fucked up the entirety of the Spring Court and is about to peace out, #1 bitch Ianthe is trying to get it on with Lucien – against his will. Feyre goes berzerk – I loved every second of her making Ianthe smash her own hand and killing those bitch ass twins – and from then on the beautiful interaction between Feyre and Lucien unravels.

I really loved Lucien in this book, he definitely redeemed himself, and finally found somewhere he feels at home, which warms my heart. I really love Lucien, I have since the beginning. But he needed to fucking stop being Tamlin’s bitch, it was SO UNNERVING TO SEE HIM IN ACOMAF but thankfully he made up for it ♡

“Two Illyrian males making me sweat in one morning. What’s a female to do?”

The honest conversations within the Inner Circle were so great, so heartwarming. And the rest of the conversations were so funny, I kept laughing out loud.

“”It’s no surprise that you’re tardy, given that your own sons were too slow to catch my mate. I suppose it runs in the family.””

The dialogue in this book had me cracking up, even during the meeting about the alliance… Everyone is fucking despicable and hilarious and I loved every second of it.

“”I’ve been to funerals that were merrier,” Nesta muttered.”

Is it just me, or are all of the “hideous and extremely dangerous” beasts all great? I love the Bone Carver, the Weaver, and the Suriel – my main. I couldn’t believe that fucking bitch Ianthe had killed the Suriel. I hope she suffered a TON in the Weaver’s cottage, that bitch. I hate her so much, maybe even more that the king because at least he didn’t hide who he was and what his intentions were – but Ianthe was a fake ass bitch, and she got what she deserved.

I am furious that those three were killed off, because they were all great and they helped a lot and they didn’t deserve it, especially not the Suriel, who was SUCH A GREAT FRIEND to Feyre. Fuck Ianthe. Fuck the king. I hate them all!!

“You belong to all of us, and we belong to you”

I loved to see everyone coming together to fight Hybern and put their differences and their past aside, for the greater good. I was actually proud of everyone, even the ones I hated.

Tamlin redeemed himself, I guess, but his attitude during the meeting was fucked up. He had the nerve to talk about Feyre’s moaning, in front of everyone. Are you fucking kidding? That’s disgusting. We get it, you were abandoned and deceived, but no one gives a shit BECAUSE THERE’S A GODDAMN WAR AND ALSO YOU DESERVED IT

“I sent back an image of me sticking out my tongue at him.
(…) His answer arrived.
Like mine, it was wordless, a mere image. Like mine, Rhysand’s tongue was out.
But it was occupied with doing something else.”

The smut scenes… on point, as always. Nothing I like more than to read about Feysand sex, honestly. They’re the best couple I’ve read about, incredibly compatible on every level and I LOVE MY CHILDREN SO FUCKING MUCH AND I JUST WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY FOREVER *sobs*

“”I suppose that’s how Varian decided he’d tell Amren he was feeling rather grateful she ordered us to go to Adriata.”
Tarquin cringed. “We’ll alternate who has to deal with them on holidays.””

Finally, Amren got some action too lmao it was about time

“My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds.”

The whole battle I was a ball of stress. I’m not usually one to appreciate war tactics and descriptions, but I did in this book. It was great – absolutely nerve-wrecking, but so great.

I already knew Amren would be unleashed, it was one of my #1 theories about ACOWAR, but I still didn’t like it when it happened. I love the shit out of Amren, and the fact that she’s back is so great ❤

One thing that wasn’t that great was WHEN FUCKING RHYS DIED. ARE YOU KIDDING ME I WAS BAWLING MY EYES OUT HOW COULD SARAH DO THAT TO MY HEART.

I couldn’t stop crying, even though I kept thinking there was no way he wouldn’t come back, I couldn’t stop crying. Imagining Feyre without him, everyone without him – I can’t think about it for too long. Rhys is my baby and I want him to live happily and forever with Feyre and Mor and Cassian and Azriel and Amren and Nesta and Elain and Lucien. All of them. Safe, forever. That’s all I want in life.

AND HE BROUGHT AMREN BACK OH MY GOD YESSSSSSSSSS

“I wondered if any of the priestesses had ever gone sledding down the spiraling path.
“Not that I know of,” Rhys said into my mind. “But Mor and I once tried when we were children. My mother caught us on our third level down, and we were sent to bed without supper.””

Will there ever be an OTP I ship more than Feysand? Most likely not. I have no words for how much I love them and ship them. They’re so, so precious.

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”

I also really like Cassian and Nesta, but unfortunately we never got to see them together… perhaps in the next books? Who knows, maybe they’ll be told from Nesta’s POV!!

The scene when she’s screaming his name though…. my poor little heart was STRUGGLING

“When he gets back, keep your forked tongue behind your teeth”

And then when we all thought Prythian was going to shit, daddy Archeron appears and I go I FUCKING KNEW IT. I. KNEW. IT. There was no way he wasn’t involved in Fae business, absolutely no way. He was mentioned throughout the three books, always absent, it was obvious he would come back in some way. I was so happy, so relieved to see he had

I was so happy, so relieved to see he had came along with Drakon and Myriam and the Queen… and then the fucking king snaps his neck…….. thanks Sarah

“I can’t love him like that.”
“Why?”
“Because I prefer females.”

When Mor revealed that she was bi, everything made sense. I just hope we get to see her and Azriel deal with that in future books, because the poor thing has been pining over something that will never happen for like five hundred years… I’d date him any day, so someone please make me a character so I can make Az happy – he deserves it!!

Can we just take a minute to talk about when Feyre figured out that Lucien wasn’t Beron’s son? I actually gasped out loud, what the FUCK. You’ll always be surprised by what Sarah J. Maas throws at you, I swear.

“If Rhysand was Night Triumphant, I was the star that only glowed thanks to his darkness, the light only visible because of him.”

Well, I think those are all of my thoughts on this MAGNIFICENT NOVEL. I might add new stuff if it comes to mind because my emotions are still all over the place. I’m not very coherent at the moment, as you can probably tell hahaha

 


I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on ACOWAR and if you want, check out my review of the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the second, A Court of Mist and Fury.

See you on my next post ♡