Throwback Challenge: ACOMAF

I can officially say that A Court of Mist and Fury is still my all time favorite book!

Sarah J Maas packs all of the best parts of books into one! It has an amazing plot line, unbelievable character development, knock your socks off romance, and stunning world building. Some books that are the size of this one have too many events in them typically in my opinion,  but even plot point in this book is perfectly planned out and every event deserves and is required throughout this book. Most authors have all of the character development with the main characters finished by the end of the first book, it is amazing how Sarah J Maas develops character even further in the second book.

I think that this series is one of the best fantasy novels for sale. Sarah J Maas is just such an amazing author and cannot compare to any other books I have read, and I have read a lot. I would say the closest is Cassandra Clare, who is also a stunning writer. If you haven’t read the ACOTAR series, drop what you are doing and go buy this STUNNING series!!

If you have read them, what is your opinion on the series?

What book should I read next? (Hunger Games, Warcross, P.S. I Like You, When It’s Real, Eliza and Her Monsters)

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Throwback Challenge: ACOTAR

As you all know by now I am completely obsessed with Sarah J Maas. I love all of her books, but I read the A Court of Thorns of Roses series first. It holds a special place in my heart, I even have a tattoo for the second book.

Rereading this series is just as fun as the first time around because when you reread anything you will usually pick up on things you didn’t notice the first time around. Personally I am a very fast reader and sometimes I go so fast that I won’t pick up on all of the details. That is one thing I love about this series, Sarah is amazing at character and world building. It is not hard to imagine these beautiful worlds that she has graciously created for us.

One thing I love about rereading the series is that I know who’s going to end up with who and what happens at the end of the series. I love it because its so fun to see how the characters act when they first meet.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the best retelling on the market in my opinion. Sarah J Maas starts it out as being a beauty and the beast retelling, but vastly takes a turn when she introduces all the amazing plot points. The second book is really where I lost my mind reading it the fist time. I cannot wait to read the second again because it is my all time favorite!!

Have you read this series? What are your thoughts?

psa I might be delayed on the next post because my boyfriends 2 year old is with us for two days and I want to spend the time with her! I will update by Friday!

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To Be Read

Since I had been in a reading slump this past year, I have a lot of books I need to read!

Books I have started and not finished:

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Amazon.com: Archenemies (Renegades) (9781250078308): Meyer ...

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 

Amazon.com: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe Book 2) eBook: Shusterman ...

Books I bought in my slump:

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams 

Amazon.com: The Babysitters Coven (9780525707370): Williams, Kate ...

Superman: Dawnbraker by Matt de la Peña

Amazon.com: Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons Series) (9780399549656 ...

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Maas, Sarah J ...

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Amazon.com: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (2) (The Shaw Confessions ...

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rodgerson

Amazon.com: Sorcery of Thorns (9781481497619): Rogerson, Margaret ...

Books I don’t own, but want:

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Amazon.com: A Heart So Fierce and Broken (The Cursebreaker Series ...

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Amazon.com: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha ...

I am hoping to tackle some of these amazing reads very soon! Have you read any of these? Have you been in a slump recently?

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End of the Year Book Tag!!

Happy new year everyone! For my first post of the year I thought I would do the tag that you have seen everywhere. I love tags, but don’t do them too often on my blog.

Hope you like it!

1. Are there any books you started this year you need to finish?

The only one is the first book in the Slayer Chronicles by Heather Brewer. I actually liked the book and have the next two books. The only reason that I have not finished it is because it got packed away when I was moving and I have not yet unpacked it.

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2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?

I don’t really have any seasonal reads, I kind of just read what I want when I want.

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

There are some really cool new releases coming up this year! Some are Batman (came out today), A Court of Frost and Starlight, the last TOG book, Catwoman, and many more! I think 2018 is going to be an awesome reading year.

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4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Well its already past the end of the year, but mine was Lord of Shadows. I can proudly say that I finished it the day after Christmas! I was pretty proud of myself 🙂

5. Is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your favorite?

I am constantly reading books that shock me and go into my top favorites!

6. Have you already made reading plans for 2018?

My 2018 reading goals are probably reading 200 books and posting a review after every book that I read!

Let me know in the comments what your 2018 reading goal is!

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Tower of Dawn Spoiler Free Review

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult

Cover Rating: 2.5/5

This cover wasn’t horrible or anything. The only reason that I am rating it so low is because I don’t like that it does not go with the other books in the series. I mean I get that the novel was about Chaol, so it couldn’t have Aelin on the front like the past books. Though I felt like she could have adjusted it to Chaol better by maybe putting him on the front. I’m just salty that the series won’t be as aesthetically appealing when put together on my shelf. I also didn’t like how similar it looked to one of the Game of Thrones books.

Here is the Game of Thrones cover:

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Amazon Summary:

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica–the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both–and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Spoiler Free Review:

I started this book not expecting much because Chaol was the main character. I mean Chaol is what I would call a background character. He was slightly prominent in the first two books, but after that he was kind of just floating in the background because he was done with Aelin for the moment. So I was honestly wondering how Sarah J Maas was going to get a whole novel just about Chaol nursing his injury. Then when I knew Nesryn was in it I started thinking that they will probably end up together since they got a little close in the last book.

Then as usual Sarah J Maas blows my mind! She is literally queen of writing fantasy books. I knew, I just knew that as soon as I saw the narrative for a new character that she was battering up to throw a curve ball at us. She is just so good at it! Then she makes you fall in love with more characters, just when you thought you had enough. I mean this girl has a mind like no other, she has characters coming out of the ying yang.

I loved how she included things in Chaol’s narrative such as the struggle that one has to go through in a wheel chair. The constant judging and people feeling sorry for them. I thought that this was a key detail, especially for someone who, for most of their life, could walk on their legs. I somewhat know what this feels like because when I was 14 I broke my leg and had to be in a wheel chair for two months straight. At least I could still use one leg. It is very hard for someone to become dependent upon others. She pulled at my heart strings when Chaol was struggling through things like this.

Then when Yrene, the new healer, was thinking about not helping Chaol, I was thinking no no no no. At this point she already pulled me in and I knew I was ready for this ride. She was on a steady track of blowing my mind. I honestly amazes me at how long her books are, but the next thing you know, you are finishing the book!

I loved how many twists and turns that we had to go through with both Chaol and Nesryn in this book. Then Sarah threw some things in there that you would never see coming! At one point towards the end there was a detail where I literally slammed down my book because I was so surprised! You have to read it to know!

Overall I think that Sarah did an AMAZING job of turning something as simple as Chaol, a menorahs character, into something amazing that sucks readers in. I never expected to enjoy this novel and I honestly loved it so much!! I need people to converse with me about it and talk about the feels!! Please feel free to message me on Twitter or Instagram to talk about the book 🙂

If you want a book to blow your mind and take you through twists and turns, please go pick up Tower of Dawn now!

I will not include a spoiler section since this book is so new and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone!

Go check out my youtube! I will have a non spoiler/spoiler review up there this week! It is the same name as this blog.

From your local bibliophile, until next time!!