Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight ~ by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight~ by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury, 2018~ 272  pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Goodreads Description:

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

My Thoughts:

This novella is really hard to review because there is not much of a plot. It is a really fun, little window into the lives of Rhys, Feyre, and the rest of the Inner Circle, but there is no conflict, climax, or resolution to critique. There were some issues with the novella, but there were also some really funny, lovely moments of normalcy that we don’t get a lot of in a full-length book. After the trauma that all of these characters experience at the end of book 3, it was really great to see them just trying to be normal, and enjoy the simple things in life. Below were some high points and low points for me:

High Points:

  • Normal” issues that come with running The Night Court-It was great to see Rhys and Feyre deal with normal, everyday aspects of being High Lord/Lady, such as: listening to people’s complaints, dealing with alliances after the war, and trying to keep the Illyrians inline while still trying to train their females.
  • Everyday moments with The Inner Circle- I loved the casual conversations while the characters shopped for Solstice gifts, ate dinner, decorated, did puzzles, and walked through the festive city streets.
  • Feyre’s mysterious dressmaker – I loved that Feyre’s mysterious dressmaker was finally revealed to be Rhys’ mother. “Long ago, when I was still a boy, she made them – all your gowns. A trousseau for my future bride.” I loved this and I thought the connection to past, present, and future through the dresses was a nice touch.
  • Cassian and Feyre drunk decorating- this moment was just simply hilarious. I loved how Azriel had to come in and try to fix the mess they made. 
  • Feyre painting again- The connection between creativity/art and healing was a really prominent theme here. I loved that Feyre opened an art studio as a form of therapy for kids who were affected by the attack on Velaris. The weaver who has lost her husband states: “I have to create, or it was all for nothing. I have to create, or I will crumple up with despair and never leave my bed. I have to create because I have no other way of voicing this. Her hand resting on her heart.” I really love the idea that something beautiful and enduring can come from suffering and pain. 
  • The description of The Night Court in Winter- Maas always does a great job of vividly describing her settings, and the winter wonderland atmosphere of the Night Court was no exception.
  • Feyre and Rhys’ Cosmic-Sex-Magic (my name for it) – Ok, I know a lot of people had reservations about this scene, but I’m not gonna lie, I loved it! These two people are linked in every possible way, it only seemed natural that magic would start to play a role in their connection.

Low Points:

  • Nesta- ok, despite everything, I like Nesta. I am fully committed to sticking with her through her trauma and hopefully I’ll get to see her eventual growth. But I don’t think that her trauma and her reasons for seeking solitude are ever fully explained. At the end of book 3 she seems to be finally coming around to Feyre, Prythian, being Fae, and to the other members of the court, Cassian in particular. Her and Cassian share a very profound moment on the battlefield – she is prepared to die for him/with him, and he reveals that his greatest regret is that they didn’t have more time. I felt that their relationship might finally be going somewhere. But in this novella, Nesta has retreated even further into herself. I understand that she has lost her father, and the experience of the battle itself was traumatic, but I was really scratching my head through this book asking why she is so upset. This was especially surprising because I thought that she had finally turned a corner at the end of book 3. One example of this is when Rhys states: “Nesta had made it clear enough she had no interest in Cassian- not even in being in the same room as him. I knew why. I’d seen it happen, had felt that way plenty.” Ok- I have so many questions here. He saw what happen? Her becoming Fae, losing her father, protecting Cassian? What is he referring to? And why did he also feel this way at one point in his life? If I am missing something here, I would love for someone to explain it to me. Overall, I would just have liked more insight into her, so that her actions lined up with who I thought she was and where I thought she was going as a character.
  • Lack of a plot- As I said, there is no real plot in this novella. It seems to more or less setup potential conflicts for future books to solve. Other than seeing the members of the court prepare for Solstice together, finally celebrating together, and seeing them deal with minor issues of state, not much else happens plot-wise.

Overall, it was really fun to spend more time with all of these characters. I really do love them all and I will blindly follow them where Maas takes them. It was nice seeing the moments of normalcy and watching them deal with the everyday issues that come with running the court, rather than a full-blown war. I feel that it is unfair to compare it to a full novel because I don’t really think it was meant to have that kind of scope. But based on my own enjoyment and my love for these characters, it was still a 3.5 star read for me!

As always, I would love to hear from you!!

Happy Reading! ~ XO

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Monthly Wrap-Ups

May Wrap-Up/June TBR

May Wrap-up: Books, Music, Movies/TV…(ya know, the important stuff)

May was all about the ACOTAR Series for me. I have been wanted to read it for awhile now and I’m so glad I finally got around it. I love all of these characters so much. I was also able to read the ARC for Stephanie Garber’s new book, Legendary (Caraval #2). I really enjoyed this book, too, maybe even more than the first. Check out my reviews of all four of my May reads below:


Click on the title to read my reviews for each:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (by far my favorite in the series)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Legendary (Caraval #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

June TBR:

Here is what’s on my radar for June:

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1 novella)
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • Thunderhead (Scythe #2) – Super excited for this since Scythe was amazing!
  • Darkest Minds
  • Tower of Dawn (ToG #6) – Even Though Choal is not my favorite, I want to read this before the final ToG comes out in Oct.


This month I have fallen in love with Billie Eilish! Some of her songs are more on the pop side, but she also has an amazing variety of music. Her voice is ethereal and sultry, I just love her! For more information on Billie Eilish or to check out her music: click here 👉🏻 Billie Eilish


I honestly didn’t watch much this month since I was so engrossed in the ACOTAR series. I did manage to catch up on The Handmaid’s Tale. This show continues to blow me away. It’s frightening and intriguing. You can’t help but ask yourself if this could actually happen. The scariest scenes for me are the moments from “before” where we see the slow poisoning of society. These moments give me chills. Of all the book to film/television adaptations that I have seen, this has to be one of the best!

May was a great month of entertainment for me! Here’s to an even better June!!

Happy Reading! And watching/listening 🙂

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

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

Bloomsbury, 2017~ 736  pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Description:

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.


My Thoughts:

I didn’t think that anything could top ACOMAF, but this book came pretty close! Feyre and Rhys continue to be the most swoon-worthy couple ever! I love their humor, their banter, and the team that they have become. But I really fell in love with Feyre as an individual in this novel: she fully steps into her role as High Lady, her relationship with her new family continues to grow, and she is never overshadowed by her relationship with Rhys. There is so much that I loved about this book. Below were some high points for me:

  • Elain as the seer. I loved that she now has the ability to see bits and pieces of the future. Her random visions were kinda creepy (very Bran Stark/Three Eyed-Ravenish) but I loved it!
  • Feyre’s Father- He was such a let down in the first two books. I couldn’t understand why Maas had even bothered to include him as a character if he wasn’t going to contribute to Feyre’s life in any significant way. So I was happy that he finally had an opportunity to redeem himself. Although it is short-lived, he is finally able to do something for his family.
  • The Description of the other courts- It was so cool to meet some of the other High Lords and get a visual for the other courts. The Dawn Court sounds positively lovely!  
  • The Death-God sibling trio- one of the coolest elements of the battle scene was when Feyre and Rhys managed to reunite The Bone Carver, The Weaver, and Bryaxis. While it was really fun watching them tear through Hybern on the battlefield, I also really liked the “monster turned savior” theme that Maas seemed to be playing with here.
  • Swan Lake reference- The mortal Queen Vassa’s story was a really cool twist on Swan Lake. She is cursed to be a Firebird by day and is forced to dwell on the lake of her master/captor, while some part of her still remains human. I really hope we get more her story in future books.
  • Complex Relationships- Even though Rhys and Feyre’s relationship is basically perfect, not every relationship in the book is. I actually really liked this because I think it added a realistic element and showed that families are not perfect. Every character in the series has had to overcome trauma, but they all continue to support and fight for each other despite everything. I love how real, vulnerable and rounded Maas’s characters are.
  • Feyre’s Creative imagination- Feyre’s moments of creative inspiration were a really cool touch throughout the novel. Although she doesn’t paint in this novel, certain moments are made more signification with her momentary inspiration for a painting. The reader sees her vision for a future painting, and that moment is then solidified both in Feyre’s mind and the readers.
  • Feyre going into the Hybern camp as Ianthe. This moment was anxiety-inducing and thrilling to read! I was so nervous the entire time. I also loved that Feyre was able to use the mask of the women who tried to make her meek and docile in order to rescue her sister.
  • Everyday moments with Rhys and Feyre- Even though so much of this book was about the war, preparations for the war, and gaining allies, ect. I loved that Maas still managed to give us moments of normalcy between Rhys and Feyre. Through their conversations, their banter, and their private moments together, we get to see them grow as a couple, as a team, as individuals, and as High Lord/Lady.
  • Feyre grows so much from book 1-3, but I loved how we actually see Rhys grow in this book too. We see him trying to learn how to share his burdens with Feyre and with his family.
  • Epic battle scenes- the scope of Maas’s battle scenes always amaze me. She is able to keep us engaged in so many different schemes, attacks, plots, and surprises!
  • THE END! I am still not quite over it. I was ugly crying for the last 5 chapters and when I finished, I just sat in silence and hugged the book!

Overall, I absolutely love this series so far!I do understand and acknowledge some of the complaints that people have with SJM’s writing. She definitely has some writing crutches, and it can become repetitive at times. However, those things never diminish the story and the overall experience for me. The scope of her stories, her characterization, and her world-building, more than make-up for any repetitiveness for me. I am really looking forward to more books in the series, and I hope that some of these amazing characters get their own time to shine.
As always, I would love to hear from you!! Happy Reading! ~ XO

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury ~ by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury, 2016~ 626  pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Description: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

My Thoughts:

After reading book one, I was not completely sold on Feyre as a character. I admit, I was unfairly comparing her to Aelin and her lack of a backbone was driving me crazy. But, wow! She completely transformed in this book! Like Aelin, Feyre hits rock bottom and has to battle back from a really dark place. I loved that she emerged with a stronger sense of self and purpose. She finds her true place in The Court of Dreams and finally starts realizing what a badass she is. She does all of this on her own terms. With the help of her new family and Rhys, but very much based on the dream she realizes for herself. This book was so action-packed, fast-paced, funny, steamy, and an epic adventure all around!

Here’s what I loved most:

  • Again, yes, Rhysand! I love him even more now, which I didn’t think possible. He is such a lovely, dark, fallen prince. Just like the night, he has hidden beauty if you know where to look. My favorite Feyre/Rhys moment was when she was telling him about the time she unwittingly painted the night sky on her dresser.
  • “I painted the stars and the moon and clouds and just endless, dark sky. I never knew why. I rarely went outside at night- usually, I was so tired from hunting that I just wanted to sleep. But I wonder…I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things or someone who burned like fire- but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it…Then I didn’t particularly care for them anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place-looking for you all.”
  • Rhys helps Feyre find her own purpose, her place in The Court of Dreams and helps her discover what she truly wants. Unlike Tamlin, who only wants to mold her into the person he wants and the future he envisions for her. Rhys sees her as his equal from the start and fights until she sees herself in the same light. “Not consort, not wife. Feyre is High Lady of the Night Court. My equal in every way; she would wear my crown, sit on a throne beside mine. Never sidelined, never designated to breeding and parties and child-rearing. My queen.”
  • While I continue to hate Tamlin, I was happy that there was no love triangle between the three of them. I like that Feyre left Tamlin of her own free will and took time to heal herself.
  • I loved the Persephone and Hades homage that came with the bargain Feyre made with Rhys in book one. The banter and filtration between the two and their mind reading constantly made me smile. I loved their friendship just as much as their romance.
  • The wedding scene! Rhys’ entrance, the dress, Tamlin’s reaction! This scene was so perfect.
  • The Court of Dreams- Feyre’s new “family” is perfect flawed, and broken in so many ways, but they also have such hope and love for each other that I found them really inspiring. I also liked that Feyre’s sisters came back into the plot. I’m so excited to see how they fit in with Feyre’s new chosen family and for the Lucien/Eline plot line.
  • Velaris- I love that Maas always paints such beautiful locations. Velaris is such a gorgeous homage to city life filled with cafes, good food, shopping, music, art, and culture.
  • The Ending – I was crying and honestly yelling at the book. It was pure torture! But I was so happy with the “Fox in the chicken coup” plot twist! So brilliant! 

My advice with this series, as with Throne of Glass, is not to judge it on the first book. The second book was so epic!

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury, 2015~ 416  pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Description: “Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.”

My Thoughts:

Since finishing The Throne of Glass series a few months ago, I have been itching to get into another SJM world. The mixing and blending of different fairy tales and myths in ACOTAR #1 were so exciting! I kept getting hints of stories that I recognize, but then things would shift and morph into another completely different tale. This is often considered a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I would consider it more of an homage since it really takes on a whole new direction halfway through. As a reader, this really kept me on my toes. ACOTAR #1 gripped me from page one, but not just in the “I can’t wait to see what happens” way, I genuinely loved this world and I wanted to stay there. It was like the comforting fairy tales that I loved as a kid, but with dark twists and turns.

Here’s what I loved most:

  • Ok, first and foremost, Rhysand! Ahhhh! I just loved his character so much. He is so funny, witty, dark, brooding, and mysterious. There are so many layers to him that are hinted at, but we never quite get a full picture of him (at least not yet.) We don’t know really know why he is helping Feyre, what his motives are, or if he is evil/good…so many questions! But I loved the banter between him and Feyre, and the “I hate you, but I am also really intrigued by you” conflict that Feyre felt for him.
  • Prythian- I am such a sucker for a really great setting, and I fell hard for this gorgeous Fae world. Maas’s descriptions kept me so engrossed in the world, the different courts, the holidays, and traditions. The world was such an interesting mix of primal and civilized life. I just loved it all!
  • Plot/Myth and Fairytale- As I stated above, the blending of the fairytales and myths in this book were brilliant. Maas is definitely playing with these traditional stories here, while still adding in her own dark twists.
  • Amarynthe – Ok, she is completely evil and ruthless, but she is a great villain. I loved her cunning, the way that she played the High Lords against each other. And the whole Jurian’s eye in her ring element!? Keeping him alive but making him watch all her evil doings. This was brilliant! Yes, Amarynthe breaks Feyre in the end, but I think Feyre will come out stronger for it.

Few Things that I didn’t like:

  • Tamlin (not just because I am totally smitten with Rhys), but he was just so boring. He is obviously hot and fits the “Princess with a good heart” trope, but he just never did anything for Feyre that made me think “true love.” It just seemed rather convenient for him that she did end up falling in love with him and breaking his curse. Because, of course, Feyre fell in love with him! The poor girl had been living in a shack, with her two needy sisters and her lazy father, eating rabbits. The Tamlin love just seems way too convenient and a little boring.
  • Feyre- Ok, hear me out. I like her, I really do, but I just wanted her to have a little more backbone. She is just such a pushover and I became really frustrated with her at times. Maybe I am unfairly comparing her to Aelin, who is honestly really inspiring as a female lead. I know this is an unfair comparison, but Feyre just didn’t inspire me in the same way.

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Monthly Wrap-Ups

March Wrap-Up

What I read, watched and listened to in the month of March! Books, Music, Movies/TV…ya know, the important stuff

Read: I’ve been on a big YA fantasy kick lately and I just devoured the Throne of Glass Series. I loved this series. It’s started off a little slow in the first two books, but books 3, 4, 5 were just so much fun! I did also manage to get in one Historical Fiction novel this month. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.

Click on the title to read my reviews for each:

Hire of Fire (ToG #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Queen of Shadows (ToG #4) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Empire of Storms (ToG #5) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The American Heiress ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Listened To:

Matisyahu – I have loved Matisyahu since his first album, Youth. I love his inspirational, mellow vibe and his new album is just as amazing! My favorite song on the album is “Step out into the Light”

Greatest Showman Soundtrack: I have yet to see the film, but I can’t get enough of the soundtrack. It’s not a traditionally Broadway sound, it’s really a mixture of all genres of music. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Hamilton. My Favorite song on the album is, “The Other Side.”

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Movies: Call Me By Your Name, I-Tonya, and Murder on the Orient Express – All three of these movies were so well done.

Call me By Your Name was a gorgeous story that really shows how people come into your life and change you and shape you, even if they are not meant to stay in your life forever. The lush setting and relaxed feel of the movie were so beautiful. It made me want to jump on a plane to Italy.

I-Tonya: This was such a creative spin on a story that a lot of us saw unfold through the eyes of the media. But the movie does a great job of showing how this is really a story and a person that we don’t know at all. It did a great job of staying authentic to both the media’s version of the events and to Tonya as a person, and as an athlete.

Murder on the Orient Express: I read this book a while ago and I felt that the movie did a great job of capturing the story. A few details of the book were changed here and there, but it really stayed true to the story, the setting, and feel of this detective drama. The actors were amazing and the cinematography was beautiful. Even though I knew the end, I was still excited to see how it all unfolded in the film.

TV: The Alienist on TNT- This was really the only TV I watched this month, but that’s ok because it was amazing! I love the American Gilded Age and it was so interesting to think about the origins of psychiatry in solving crimes. I would highly recommend this show to everyone, especially those that enjoy period dramas and crime dramas.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on any and all of the above!

Here’s to a new month! Happy April!

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Review: Empire of Storms ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury, 2016~ 693 pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Description:

“The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t. With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealt pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world. The only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin will have to choose what – and who- to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.”

Although Empire of Storms didn’t wow me quite like Queen of Shadows, it was still so packed with action and tons of character development that I had to give it 5 stars. This novel took the saga to a whole new level!

Here’s what I loved:

The character development: In this book we really get to see these characters mature. The process of transformation that we started to see in Heir of Fire, of Aelin becoming a Queen, seemed to really come to fruition in this book. She is still sassy and arrogant as hell, (all the reasons we love her so much) but we definitely see her mature in this novel. She is so selfless and does so much to secure the future of her people that she finally seemed to be taking her crown and accepting her place as Queen of Terrasen.

Manon is another character that really changed as well. I really had a hard time loving Manon for a while. I just didn’t see a side to her that wasn’t bent on killing and eating humans (Obedience, Discipline, Brutality). But in EoS Manon has to face both her true lineage, the fact that she actually has a heart, and her place in this war. I started to fall in love with her in this novel. Both her and Aelin finally become the Queens they are meant to.

The Action: Just like QoS there is no shortage of action packed battle scenes in EoS. The action scenes in this book finally show the full power of Aelin’s magic. It was so great to see the beautiful, but dangerous depth of her fire and how she struggles to wield it. Another great aspect of the action scenes in EoS was the different character perspectives. Maas does a great job of showing every character’s perspective in each battle scene. What one character experiences is vastly different from the other’s, but together they created an amazing tapistry of the event.

The Romance: QoS definitely had plenty of romance and filtering, but in EoS we get to see Aelin and Rowan really become “mates.” It’s not just the sex scenes that solidify this, (although those never hurt) but we really get to see them support each other as they grow and change, and take on challenging new roles. I thought that this was a really touching element, but it also shows Aelin and Rowan as King and Queen. A bond so strong that together they can change their world and hopefully Aelin’s fate.

The Ending- Warning- Spoilers beyond this point

Ok, so the ending was brutal. First, we find out that Aelin is the actual the “lock” and her life is the cost for putting the keys, Erowan and the Gods back in their realm. Then, Maeve comes out of nowhere, whips her and shoves her in an iron box. I mean talk about heartbreaking! Ah, I was crushed. The moment in the mirror when Elena tells Aelin the truth, reminded of Harry’s moment when using the resurrection stone before walking into what he thinks is his death. Harry asks, “You’ll stay with me?” “until the very end,” said James.” “They won’t be able to see you?” asked Harry. “We are part of you,” said Sirius. “Invisible to anyone else.” Aelin echos this when she asks Elena, “will you come with me, so I will not be alone.” Elena replies, “I will be with you. Until the very end, every step of the way, I will be with you.”

Although Aelin doesn’t get her moment of self sacrifice like Harry, (at least not yet) I still felt the weight of her acceptance and her unwavering selflessness. She became a true hero in this moment. This was heartbreaking, but also hopeful, and it adds a whole new world of possibilities for the final book. It adds a lot of questions, but I am so excited to get answers. The final book is going to be epic!

If you have read it, or plan to, let me know! Happy reading ~XO

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Review: Queen of Shadows ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury, 2015~ 648 pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Description: “The queen has returned. Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…she has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.”

This book changes everything! I feel like the first three books were building to so many of the moments that we finally get in this novel. There is so much fast paced action, mystery, intrigue, and questions that are finally answered. Ah! It was so good. This was a 600+ page book and I felt like I blew threw it so quickly.

Here’s what I loved most:

Rowan and Aelin reunion and their subsequent filtations, mind reading (if that’s what we’re calling it) and their bickering over Aelin’s non-existent pajama bottoms was so much fun. It was so great watching them learn about each other and actually fall in love, rather than train, try to kill each other or try to kill someone else. My favorite scene is when they spend the day together in Rifthold and Aelin shows him all of her favorite places in the capital. They break into the Music Hall and Aelin plays the piano for him. This was a really sweet moment that broke up all of the action.

So that brings me to the action! Oh man, can Maas write a great action scene! Adeion’s rescue scene was amazing! As the reader, we know they have a plan, but we don’t know what that plan is. Watching it unfold is surprising, exhilarating, and terrifying at the same time, but also made you feel like you were there, witnessing this epic plot.

Manon and Celaena finally meet and it is seriously epic! Two crazy strong, arrogant, badass, females pulling out all the stops. I can’t wait to see how their relationships changes after this first meeting.

Lysandra and Aelin’s relationship- After such a heartbreaking past for both of these characters, it was great to see them finally be able to trust and rely on someone.

Arobynn Relationship- Ok, although I really hated Arobynn, I found Aelin’s complicated feelings towards him fascinating. Also, he was such a schemer that you felt constantly on your toes with him. Master and student were so evening matched that it made the intrigue between them so entertaining. I loved this element so much! This obviously made Aelin’s revenge on him even sweeter.

The Ending – Warning – Spoilers beyond this point

The hellfire, the shattering of the glass castle, Dorian fighting Aelin while she tries to remind him of who he is, the ending was amazing! The use “hellfire” reminded me of the moment that Cersei uses the “wildfire” to blow up the Great Sept in Game of Thrones to enact her revenge. Although Aelin is not heartless like Cersei, she does get a lot of Cersei-esque moments of revenge and maniacal smiling as her plans come together and she gets to rejoice in the shock on everyone’s faces.

My advice with this series is not to judge it on the first two books. The third was is good, but the fourth is great! If you have read it, or plan to, let me know!

Happy reading! ~ XO

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Review: Heir of Fire ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (ToG #3) ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury, 2014 ~ 565 pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads description:

“Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life- and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed? Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this book will enthrall readers from start to finish.”

While I had reservations about book one and two, I really loved Heir of Fire. This book felt like a completely different series at times. We finally get to move on from the glass castle, the King’s Champion role, and weird love triangle between Celaena, Dorian and Chaol, and we start getting some answers. Not all the answers, but some.

Here’s what I loved most:

After the realization of who she really is at the end of Crown of Midnight, a whole new world opens up in this book and it’s amazing. Celaena is in a really dark place at the start of this book. She’s grieving, she’s betrayed, broken, and wants nothing to do with her true identity or her role as Queen. But she is a fighter, and the best thing about this book was getting to watch her fight tooth and nail back into the light.

Along with this, we see a whole new relationship form with Rowan. Their relationship grows from one of pure hatred and loathing, to a really sweet one of mutual respect and friendship. I loved that they were both broken and hurting when they met and had to help each other become whole again.

Celaena also has to come to terms with who she really is in this novel. The comfortable cover of being Celaena Sarthodien is ripped away and she is vulnerable. The loss of Nehemia pushes her to action, but it is really Rowan who helps her finally realize who she is and what she is capable of. The acceptance of her magic, her lineage, and her responsibilities, are all hard one, but taking this journey with Celaena/Aelin made me love her even more than I did before.

The Ending- Warning- Spoilers beyond this point

The ending was bittersweet. In Adarlan, Chaol and Dorian try to fight the King with devastating consequences. Sorscha is killed in front of Dorian, Dorina’s magic is revealed, and his father forces him into the Valg collar. Although this was sad, I feel like this is going to shape Dorian into the King that he will someday become. Both Dorian and Celaena are transforming into their roles as leaders and this is really promising for the next books.

At the end, Celaena must fight the Valg princes to survive and protect the people of Mistward. Although we have seen Celaena save people, this moment really shows her taking her role as protector of the innocent. She also must fight Maeve to protect the new bond she has formed with Rowan. Her sacrifice for her new friends, for Rowan, and her cunning manipulation of Maeve (at least, we think she’s manipulating her) all worked to solidify her as even more of a badass hero. While I hated Maeve, she is a seriously great villain and I am both excited and terrified to see what she does next.

If you have read this, or plan to, let me know! Happy reading! ~XO

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Review: Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight (Books 1 & 2) ~ by Sarah J. Maas



Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight ~ by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury ~ 2012 & 2013

My Rating for both: 4/5 ⭐️s

Genre: YA Fantasy

Since I read both of these books so close together, I thought I would do one review for both books (1 & 2 in the series). Truthfully, I can’t seem to separate the two in my mind anyway. The Throne of Glass series is my daughter’s absolute favorite series and she’s been wanting me to read them before October so that we can read book six together. I have been reading some heavy books lately (The Heart’s Invisible Furies & The Immortalists), so it was really nice to break up some of the heavier subject matter with some fun YA fantasy. So here’s my breakdown:

Throne of Glass (Book 1):

What I liked:

Celeana~ In short, she is just awesome! She’s over the top arrogant, sassy, witty, and she kicks major butt. By the time we meet her, she has enduring many horrific events that have hardened her, but over the course of the novel, we start to see who she really is, behind all that sass. She is a compassionate, and a fiercely loyal friend. She proclaims throughout the novel that she is only doing this competition for her own freedom, but you get the sense that deep down she has the heart of a hero who cares more about others than herself. I loved how imperfectly perfect she was.

What I didn’t like:

The romantic element~ I really liked Dorian, and for the majority of the book so (it seemed) did Celeana. So it was a shock when she claims to be suddenly conflicted about the idea of dating the King’s son when she didn’t have a problem with it for the majority of the novel. This felt a little forced to me. It seemed like Maas changed her mind halfway through and was like “nope, she can’t end up with him, cue new love interest!” I liked Chaol, but he didn’t present the “forbidden love” plotline that might have been interesting.

The writing style~ Book 1 left some things to be desired as far as writing style went. One thing that stands out is repetition. Why does she continually refer to Celaena as “the assassin”? This was driving me crazy. It was not just a few times throughout the book, it was constant. Even at the end of the book when we are well aware of what she does and who she is, Maas states, “As the assassin laughed quietly to herself….” This may seem nitpicky, but it was so distracting. It seemed redundant and like Maas was trying to hit me over the head with the fact that she is the “Worlds Greatest Assassin,” which I got from like page 1! Other facts are constantly repeated and it just became so distracting.

Crown of Midnight (Book 2):

What I liked:

Religion vs. Magic~ Celaena states that the King saw magic as “an affront to the Devine” and this was his reasoning for outlawing all magic 10 years before our story beings. This moment seemed to bring in the element of religion vs. magic. The idea that magic and religion are one in the same and could potentially eclipse the other was really interesting to me. I hope this is explored more in the series.

The Wrydkeys~ I loved the mystery and dangerous legacy that surrounds these ancient objects. This made me think of Horcruxes from HP because of the connection to ancient magic and to a deadly tyrannical leader whose control is tied to these objects. Watching Celaena dig through riddles for more information about these mysterious objects was a really fun element in book 2. I’m excited to see where this plotline goes in the next books.

What I didn’t like:

The romantic element…yes, again: There were so much romantic tension and angst in book 2 that it took away from the overall plot. Dorian seems to be constantly spying on Chaol and Celaena. (He just happens to be standing on the balcony the moment Chaol asks Celaena to dance in the garden?) Then we have Chaol who is constantly denying to himself that anything is going on with him and Celaena, but yet they continue to get caught in these long romantic staring contests together. Then when something does finally happen between Chaol and Celaena, they go from 0-60 in one chapter! (cue whiplash) I’m really rooting for a better romantic plotline in the next books.

Overall take away: The first two books in the series seem to be setting up for an epic journey for Celaena and I can’t wait to read more. I have a feeling that she is going to be turning into even more of a badass. These books are super fun, YA high fantasy that any fan of Game of Throne would love. I kinda think of these books as Game of Thrones lite! The waring High Houses, Clans, the connection to family lineage, and religion vs magic, all seemed reminiscent of Game of Thrones to me (without as much death). I am so glad that I finally took my daughters advice, and I’m looking forward to the next three books. If you have read them or plan to, let me know!! Happy reading ~ XO

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