MID YEAR FREAK OUT BOOK TAG!!

It’s hard to believe that it is already the middle of the year, we’re halfway through 2017! It seems like just yesterday I was writing my 2017 goals back in January and now I am doing this tag. I’ve seen this floating around book tube and I have always wanted to do it, so here we go! This tag was created by Chami at readlikewildfire and Ely at Earl Grey Books!

001. Best book you read so far in 2017?
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I absolutely loved this book. It was incredibly beautiful and heart-wrenching, it is definitely my favorite read of the year as of yet! Honestly, this was a super hard question because I’ve been loving most of the books I have read! Actually, I can’t just pick one, Wintersong by S Jae Jones is a close tie!
002. Your favorite sequel of the year?
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab. She continues to blow me away with her incredible writing and characters, this book wrecked me. I loved it,
003. New release you haven’t read but really want to
Gosh, I have so many new releases I want to read but have not gotten to. The first book in my mind is The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I have heard so many amazing things about this book and this cover is one of the most beautiful I have seen. Also The Hate U Give,  Eliza and Her Monsters… half my bookshelf honestly.

004. Your most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I have so many! But the top two that I just cannot wait for is 27 Hours by Trishana Wright and City of Brass by C.K Chakraborty. I have heard raving reviews for 27 Hours and I can’t wait to read it, and the City of Brass sounds phenomenal!

005. Your biggest disappointment
Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson. The cover for this book is stunning, however, the inside… just no. Honestly, this book was so disappointing and I have a full review up on it already if you would like to see more of my reasons why!

006. Your biggest surprise of the year
Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. After reading Dark Breaks the Dawn I went into this with low expectations and finished it incredibly surprised. I really loved this book and I have a review up for this as well!
007. Favorite new to you or debut author
S Jae Jones. I fell in love with Wintersong. I fell in love with her writing it is just so lush and poetic, I loved it.
008. Your new fictional crush
I feel like I get a new fictional crush everytime I read a new book. But my newest crush is The Goblin King from Wintersong.
009. New favorite character
Champion Ven from Queen of Blood. He is so precious to me, I love him. Literally, though, I have a new favorite character in every book I read.
010. A book that made you cry
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab. If you read the book then you know because V.E Schwab literally wrecked us. But it was incredible and sad.
011. Book that made you happy
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. It has been a long time since a book has made me laugh. I just absolutely adored this book, it was everything that I wanted it to be.
012. Your favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year
I actually do not watch a lot of movies and I have not seen any book to movie adaptations this year… I have absolutely no intention to watch any.
013. Your favorite review you have written this year.
I really like the review that I wrote for Dark Breaks the Dawn. It was quite angry because damn it made me MAD and I feel like I effectively got all my feelings out. Even though I am still quite made about this horrid book.
014. The most beautiful book you have gotten or received this year
Greek Mythology by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I have been eyeing this book at Barnes and Noble for a long time and last month I caved and I bought it. The Cover is so beautiful ad it has golden edges.
015. What are some books that you need to read this year.
Everything on my shelf that is unread? I have over 50 books that I own and have not read and honestly, I’m going to try to read all the books I have listed for my book challenges!

 And here is a shelfie!!

BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN 2017… So far.

This year has been SUCH an incredible reading year for me. I have read some pretty good books this year and I have a feeling it is going to get even better! There are just so many new releases and sequals coming out, I’m just really excited about reading right now okay.

001. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

002. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

003. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

004. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

005 The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

006. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

007. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

008. Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab

ANTICIPATED RELEASES SUMMER 2017 ADDITION

Yes, it is Summer! I have a love/hate relationship with Summer, but you know what? I will manage to survive it! Also, so many amazing books are coming out during the season, I can’t express how excited I am! I will give a short background on the book as well as the dates it is published! Also, as far as I know, Spring starts June 20 and ends September 22, correct me if I am wrong but that is what I am going off of. I won’t be giving any

I won’t be giving any descriptions for any of these books because I don’t know much about these books and I’d like to keep it that way until I actually read them!

JUNE

Now I Rise by Kiersten White. This comes out on the 27th
I’m not going to talk about what this book is about because it is the sequel to And I Darken which is a retelling of Vlad Dracul (the Impaler) as if he were a girl. The first book was incredible and I can’t wait to find out what happens!

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman. This comes out on the 27th.
This is literally my most anticipated read of the summer season… the year, even. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this book. This is the third book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series so I won’t be telling you what this one is about, but it is a historical fantasy centered on Alexander the Great as he was a teenager. Only a few more days I cannot wait.

JULY

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This comes out the 25th.
This is a debut novel and at first glance of the synopsis it didn’t seem really interesting but once I actually read the synopsis as one should do. This is about a girl named Sorina who lives within the borders of the Gomorrah festival. She has a rare talent in which she can create illusions that can see, think, and feel and have their own personalities. As lifelike as they seem they are just illusions and they are not real. Until one of them is murdered. This just sounds insanely creepy and incredible I cannot wait to read this.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. This comes out on the 18th.
I’ve been wanting to read a time travel book or a book that has some time traveling in it, so this sounded pretty cool. It’s about a girl named Esta who is a great thief. She has been raised to steal artifacts from an evil order that created this barrier that traps anyone with magic in modern day Manhattan. She has to travel to the past and steal a book that contains the secrets to the order and the barrier itself. But nothing is as it seems and to save the future, Esta may have to betray everyone in the past.

Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie. This comes out on the 11th.
This is an anthology consisting of stories by some epic authors and booktubers. But what I am MOST excited about is that it is an anthology about villains. VILLAINS. Each story is an unconventional spin on classic tales like Medusa and whatnot. I’m just super stoked to read this.

AUGUST

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic. This comes out the 15th.
This is about two sisters who have a magical ability to manipulate beauty. They are not allowed to share their music with anyone and they are not allowed to fall in love. Their mother is mysteriously attacked they must discover the truth their mother has hidden from them and they discover a curse that will tear them apart. This just sounds super cool and the cover looks amazing.

See What I Have Done by Sara Schmidt. This comes out on the 1st.
The title alone is what made me want to read this book. This is about Lizzie Borden who may or may not have killed her family. I don’t know much else about this, but it sounds super interesting!

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. This comes out on the 1st.
This is about a girl who’s father goes missing in the woods that her family patrols. What intrigued me about this book is the whole ‘The woods are turning sinister.’ Which sounds super eerie and creepy and a perfect Halloween read!

 

SEPTEMBER

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. This comes out on the 5th.
This is about a girl who is hired by the greatest explorer ever known. While her sister is hired by the rival to climb this very dangerous summit. This book is hard to explain but it sounds so good and the cover is beautiful!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. This comes out on the 6th.
An entire book about Chaol Westfall? Sign me up please! I’m so excited that he finally gets his chance to shine and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. This comes out on the 5th.
This is said to be a reimagining of Frozen meets the Bloody Chamber (I have no idea what this is) mixed with Snow White? I’m not too sure but it sounds incredible!

Odd and True by Cat Winters. This is out on the 12th.
I am lucky enough to have an arc of this book so I definitely need to read this as soon as possible!

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. This is out on the 5th
I also have an arc of this as well and I have heard nothing but GREAT things about this book!

 

SERIES TO START (I sort of cheated)

So as the title says, I sort of cheated with this topic. As I was looking at my shelves I realized that I actually do not have a lot of series that I haven’t read with the exception of one full completed series that I hope to get to soon. So, honestly, I am just going to list the series, trilogies, and duologies that I own and need to get to.

001. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima.

The reason I have yet to read this is that honestly? I am pretty darn intimidated by this. Even though I am an avid reader and lover of this series, there is just something that puts me off about this. I’ve heard that it is quite phenomenal and that Cinda Williams Chima is an incredible writer, so hopefully, I can at least start this series this year.

002. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

I have had this trilogy for two years now because two years ago I wanted everything and anything Dystopia. I’ve read Marie Lu’s other book TYE and love her writing style and will definitely at least pick up the first book this year!

003. The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

Can someone please tell me why these books are so heavy? I mean for a paperback book, I’m a little confused. I have yet to read this because I am also intimidated by these books.

004, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I actually got an arc of the second book but ah, I’ve never even heard of the duology when I got it. But it seems right up my ally and I do hope to start this soon!

005. Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

I actually have not heard much about this book other than what I’ve seen in a few book tube videos, but this trilogy sounded super intriguing and for Christmas, I asked my mom for the first book and she surprised me by buying me all of them!

006 Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

This series is beyond hyped I almost don’t want to read it but at the same time it sounds right up my alley and perfect for the fall time! All I can say is that I hope that this lives up to what everyone is saying!

007. Kingfountain series by Jeff Wheeler

This is one of those books that you see all the time and you’re like oh my gosh it’s so pretty I need it and that was the case for this book. However, I DO intend to actually read this… sometime in the future.

008. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Okay look, I actually have yet to finish the Mortal Instruments but I really really want to start this trilogy because word across the grapevine is that this is the best of her series and I just really want to read this soon but I still have TMI to finish.

009. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Kind of bummed I don’t have the version with the super nice cover, but… it’s what is on the inside that counts right? This is another thing that I have heard nothing but fantastic things about and I actually bought this with the intention of reading it LAST fall which uh, obviously did not happen.

010. Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw

This is actually kind of a funny story, well, to me it is. I bought this off book outlet because the synopsis was like WHOA I need this now. I go to Goodreads to log it as ‘to read’ and come to find that it is the third book in a trilogy and now I need to actually buy the first two books and I’ve also spoiled myself.

So that was my mixture of series, trilogies, and duologies that I just need to read and I aspire to read sometime in the near future! What are some series that you are looking forward to starting?

 

QUEEN OF BLOOD BY SARAH BETH DURST

QUEEN OF BLOOD BY SARAH BETH DURSTThe Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia, #1) by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Harper Voyager on September 20th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Adult Fantasy
Pages: 353
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure
Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .
But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.
With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.

So, Queen of Blood was a book that I decided to pick up on a whim and because it is one of the books I bought last year and I am trying to read as much of those as I can. After the disappointment that was Dark Breaks the Dawn, I went into this with low expectations. But at the same time I was intimidated because it is an adult fantasy and I just find that to be a little… intimidating for me?

But oh my god, I was not disappointed at all. I can tell you that this book is now going on my favorites shelf till the end of time.

I’m going to be honest and say there was nothing I disliked about this book. This book was the perfect mixture of action, slight horror and some comical moments. Gosh, this entire book was just so different than what I had read before. It takes a lot of familiar concepts that you find in fantasy and does completely different things with them. The way the Queen is selected and how she is to rule the land… I just have so many feelings I don’t even know what to do with myself.

 

The setting and worldbuilding was so interesting. Villages are built in trees, and if I can remember correctly, I am pretty sure that the palace is also built around a tree which is pretty darn cool. The way the Queens are selected was so interesting and I myself have never seen that in a fantasy novel, so that was quite unique. In this world, there are spirits in everything which is quite terrifying because everything is so unsafe and you never know when a spirit will come out and try to kill you.

Don’t trust the fire, for it will burn you.
Don’t trust the ice, for it will freeze you.
Don’t trust the water, for it will drown you.
Don’t trust the air, for it will choke you.
Don’t trust the earth, for it will bury you.
Don’t trust the trees, for they will rip you.
Rend you, tear you, kill you dead.

What made this novel for me was the characters. Usually, in fantasy, you always have a main character who is so special and so powerful. Here we have Dailena who is the complete opposite. Yes she has power, but this girl has to work hard for her power and to prove she is capable to become an heir even though so many people keep telling her she won’t make it and that she isn’t good enough. Despite all of the challenges she goes through, she remains true to herself, helpful, resourceful… I just loved this character.

 

Another character I really loved was Champion Ven. He was a different type of character than what I usually see in YA fantasy, even though this is adult fantasy. It was just a breath of fresh air for me. The thing I loved the most about this book is the relationship between Ven and Dailena. I don’t think that I have personally seen a relationship like that in fantasy (I’m talking a father/mentor/daughter relationship) and it was just so adorable and my gosh I just loved it.

 

To sum up my fangirling, I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a good fantasy with elements of adventure, a little horror, and competition with some light-hearted comedic moments.

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • FLIGHTS OF FANTASY 2017

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B. Larson

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B. LarsonDark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson
Published by Scholastic Press on May 30th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
zero-stars

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.
But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.
In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.
In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake -- a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

Ah boy, where do I start with this review? Just a warning, this review is going to be brutally honest and perhaps a little angry because I am mad. I wasted 20$ and an audible credit on this mess so yeah, I’m very mad about this book.

This book is said to be a swan lake/swan princess retelling which I was super excited for because I have never read a swan lake retelling and the synopsis sounded super promising. Yet as I read the physical copy it was just… impossible for me to get into it. The writing was super boring and everything was so melodramatic I’m like are you serious right now. But I wanted to finish it so I spent an audible credit on this book and listened to it so I could do other things while listening to it. It wasn’t the best audiobook I’ve ever read, but I did happen to find it easier to get into.

I almost hate to say it but I only liked ONE thing about this book. I do like Sara B Larson’s writing, I thought it was beautiful and I do like the premise of the book.

Now, for all my gripes and be warned there are PLENTY and it is quite spoiler filled. This book was a mess of tropes, my most hated tropes.

Special snowflake savior: We have the main character Eve I’m not sure how to spell her full name and nor do I care to look at the synopsis, but she is the blandest character I’ve ever read. She is all so powerful, she is the fastest, she is the best. Oh, and she is the chosen one. Yet we had to be reminded of it all the time.

Insta-love: I’m pretty sure she and another character fell in love the first time they saw each other, I swear to you not. I mean I don’t mind insta-love in books but if that’s the case it needs to be done well. THIS WAS NOT done well. Not to mention the love interest was super bland and gosh he was boring. In my opinion these two had no chemistry at all, like I felt that they were thrust together for the sake of just… being put together. I though Eve and her best friend whom I couldn’t remember the name of had more chemistry and I honestly would have LOVED to see them become a thing instead of borefest Tanvir.

Again the special snowflake character, every character who had a POV mentioned how beautiful she was and this wasn’t just once, it was several times. Like alright, I get it, I know how beautiful she is, I don’t need to hear it every time someone speaks OKAY. I don’t need to know every time her best friend sees her the color of her hair and hear lavender streaks or her beautiful skin, I DON’T CARE. God, even the damn villains say how beautiful she is! Like why is this necessary? Why should the readers even care?

This gif right here is literally how I feel about these damn tropes in this book.

And the worst of all is the dark skinned aggressor vs. beautiful white main character. Let me tell you a thing about these villains… they are evil. So so evil if you looked up the word in a dictionary you would see them and guess what? They’re black! And the main character is white, pure and good. And I don’t care if the author “unintentionally” did that, there is no unintentionally having your evil characters be black and the good characters being white. If you do this, you know damn well what you are doing. People of Color have it hard enough, in reality, this shit doesn’t need to be in YA fantasy where they go to see themselves represented. This needs to stop. It’s not cool or fun, it has never been. White YA fantasy writers, please stop this dangerous trope. Yes, I know that in the book there are characters with different skin colors like… literally all the colors you can think of, yet you make the villains black. Hmm.

Another thing is the worldbuilding. This book had some of the worst worldbuilding I have ever read. I finished the book and I am still lost. Like who are these characters? What exactly are they? All I know is that they live long lives, and have powers like… are the elves or what. The worldbuilding and plot development was extremely poor and I just… I had such high hopes for this book and I was so let down. I have zero interest in reading the next book.

So that wraps up my review, I literally hated this book. Thank goodness this blog gives me the option to rate it what it truly deserves, which is zerio stars.

 

 

zero-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-half-stars
Characters
one-star
Writing
two-half-stars
Worldbuilding
one-star
Cover
four-stars
Overall: two-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • FLIGHTS OF FANTASY 2017

BOOKS I’VE RECENTLY ADDED TO MY ENDLESS TBR

I feel like I am always adding to my TBR pile because there are so many books that are coming out and I can’t keep up! If you have read any post on my blog, you’d know that I love all types of fantasy and that it is practically all I read! This weeks top ten Tuesday is ten books you have recently added to your TBR, so without further ado! I will not be giving any synopsis for these books because I don’t really know what they are about and I’d like to keep it that way! Also, keep in mind that not all of these are out yet!

001. Reign of Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
002. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
003. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
004. The Empires Ghost by Isabelle Steiger
005. Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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006. The City of Brass bu S.A Chakraborty
007. Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
008. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
009. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
010. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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JUNE GOALS 2017

I can’t believe it’s June, where is the year going?

I’m finally out of school and have the time to read when I want so I am hoping to put a dent into my reading challenges this month! But before I get into my goals for the month, I want to sort out some housekeeping issues. I am changing the way I do my reviews. Instead of doing it like I used to, like… separating it by sections I’m just going do it as ‘Gripes’ which are obviously things I didn’t like and then Likes, talking about things I loved!

I am also doing a recommendation series where instead of picking a genre and recommending books from said genre, I’m going to pick a book and explain all the reasons why you should read it! My monthly unboxings will also be posted during the first or second week of the following month, for example, May’s unboxing will be posted sometime within the next week.

Objectives for the month:
Read five or more books.
Catch up on reading goals.
Keep up with blogging.

Now for my TBR! Once again, ambitious but I want to give myself a range to choose from!
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab
A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab
God of War by Christain Cameron
Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sarah B. Larson
Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman

Considering the sizes of some of those books, my TBR is incredibly ambitious. But these are the books that I plan to choose from! But I will aspire to read all of these! Fingers crossed!

What books do you plan to read this month?

MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS

This list was so hard to compile because there are SO many books that I just cannot wait for. Like I need them, now. I think I am going to do a separate post compiling of all the new releases I want to buy in the second half of the year, but without further ado, here are ten of them!

THE LOVE INTEREST by CALE DIETRICH

REIGN OF SERPENTS by ELEANOR HERMAN

NOW I RISE by KIERSTEN WHITE 

WICKED LIKE WILDFIRE by LANA POPOVIC

THE WOOD by CHELSEA BOBULSKI

TOWER OF DAWN by SARAH J MAAS

WARCROSS by MARIE LU

THE GLASS SPARE by LAUREN DESTEFANO

IMMORTAL REIGN by MORGAN RHODES

EVEN THE DARKEST STARS by HEATHER FAWCETT

    

    

So those are some of my anticipated reads for the year, and I can’t wait until these come out because look at all these covers, look at how beautiful they are! Thank you for reading this post and list some of your anticipated reads for the remainder of the year!

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAAS

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAASA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 699
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars
four-half-flames

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings 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.

A little storytime here… So I come home May 1st and I’m eager to check the mail because I was expecting my Feysand bookmarks to come in and I see a box from Amazon. I’m super confused because I know I didn’t order any books but then I remembered I ordered ACOWAR. To get to the point, I got the book a day early and it made my entire night and you bet I started it right away.

I will be honest here and say I had little to no gripes about this book. I thought it was incredibly well… amazing. It was everything I wanted the end to be and more. But no matter how almost perfect this book was it uh, did have its faults. Including the demise of a character that I felt made the character pointless and it was just… not the demise I would have liked to see for this character and his supposed greatness. View Spoiler » Also, Tamlin irked me. He wasn’t bad or anything he just bothered me. I didn’t like how she portrayed characters who were bisexual either, like not all people who are bisexual want threesomes with everyone, alright? 

Also, Sarah J Maas did something that made me cry and just want to throw the book and if you read the book already YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

Now let’s get into the positives. This book pretty much concluded that Feyre and Rhysand are my all time favorite book couple. Rhysand is my all time or well… after Cal Calore because he reigns at number one for my bookish boyfriend. Sorry Rhys. But Rhysand is number two. I just… loved him. I love all of these characters and the new characters. They are all just incredibly precious and need to be wrapped up and protected forever. Anyway, I want to talk about Nesta. Also please don’t hate me for this but *whispers* I don’t ship Nessian. Never have, never will, can’t see it. Not sorry. I also uh… don’t ship Moriel? Oops? I like them as a platonic couple.

But back to Nesta. I actually hated her in the previous books and in the beginning of this one. Don’t ask me why, I just was not a fan of her and I can’t say more without repeating myself over and over again. I just did not like her. But during the book she goes through some character development and I was astonished at how quick Sarah turned her around and now I just…I love her. I love her snark, I love how she interacts with people. I also want to talk about Lucien. If y’all hate him after this book… what is wrong with you. View Spoiler »

Now let’s talk plot. Yes I’ll admit things went pretty fast in the beginning and there wasn’t much of the whole spy thing everyone expected, but I’m glad everything happened exactly the way it happened. There is a lot of homages to the first book that I found really touching except this one scene and as I said before if you read this, YOU KNOW. We got to learn more about the world, see the other courts and how everything works. It’s just… beautiful. I honestly really loved this book and I’m glad it ended as it did and my favorites got the ending that they deserve. This book brought me to tears, made me laugh, made my heart freaking palpitate in fear. Like Sarah… CAN YOU NOT. By all means, it doesn’t live up to A Court of Mist and Fury which is the best of the series and arguably the best Sarah has ever written in my opinion, but I for one think this was the proper send off if you will for Feyre and Rhysand’s arc.

All I can say is thank you, Sarah J Maas, from the bottom of my heart for these characters, for Rhysand.

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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