Top 5 Wednesday : Characters You’d Invite to Your NYE Party

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party. This is a super fun topic and one I had quite the bit of trouble narrowing down to five. But all in all I think I really do enjoy the people I’d want to spend New Year’s Eve with me. 

1. Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter
Known for all their mischief and constantly looking for fun, I think this dynamic duo would be a great way to end the year off with a bang.

2. Kenzie from Shatter Me
Oh my goodness, I think Kenzie would be such a snarky and awesome person to ring in the new year with.

3. Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles 
I feel like my whole party is just going to be a bunch of snarky, trouble seeking miscreants but…I kind of don’t care. I love Scarlet and she’s someone I’d love to hang out with if I got the chance.

4. Nina and Jesper from Six of Crows 
Do I even need to explain this? They seem to be the only two characters in that duology who actually wanted to and enjoyed having fun.

5. Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass series
She seems like a bad ass bitch who knows when and how to have a good time.

And that’s all I got for this week! Let me know who you’d like to ring in the new year with and if you think my list is sufficient enough.

Coffee Book Tag!

Hello everyone! I’m going to be doing the Coffee Book Tag! I’m sitting down this morning and looking for some posts to do (other than my extremely long list of reviews) while drinking my very yummy coffee, so I figured…why not do the Coffee Book Tag that I found all over the place in booktube. I found the original tag here on youtube, and I love all the questions!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

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2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
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I feel like I’m not the only one who re-reads Harry Potter during the cold months of the year. And I’m pretty sure there’s a Harry Potter Read-A-Thon around winter time as well. And honestly, there’s something cozy about reading Harry Potter snuggled up in blankets while it snows outside.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
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The Chronicles of Narnia was a book I picked up for summer reading and it all snowballed from there. I love love LOVE the Narnia series and I actually started re-reading it recently. And I have to say, Narnia is such a magical place, and I absolutely love that this was one of my favorite series as a kid.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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I mean…COME ON THIS IS SUCH A GREAT BOOK. I literally could not stop reading and it was written so well and in a way where you think you know what’s going on but then everything gets turned on it’s head. I really REALLY great book.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
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The Diabolic is something I’ve been seeing everywhere lately and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
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I want to give a shout out to Tia Giacalone. She sent us a copy of her book Hey Sunshine when we were still a bit shakey on our feet as a blog. She sent us Hey Sunshine and Taylor and I both loved it! Hey Sunshine has a sequel as well as a third book on the way! Please check out Tia and her books they’re well worth the read!

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
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I was expecting SO MUCH MORE from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I thought pirates and time travel would be so much cooler but…it kind of fell flat for me.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
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Oh my goodness, this series has absolutely everything. All the highs and all the lows. This book has it all! I absolutely love Throne of Glass and it’s a GREAT series. Action, Romance, Wit, Mystery. It’s great.

And there you have it! The Coffee Book Tag!
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Review : Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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Published : September 6, 2016

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. 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.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
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I’ve been waiting and waiting for this installment to come out. I literally read it in about a week of having it (yes this is a very late review and yes this book is MASSIVE). And I was constantly running scenarios through my head on how this book could go. And as always, Sarah J Maas has completely killed it.

The twists and turns in this book were constant. So much so in a way that made you completely devour every page and morsel that Sarah J Maas put on the page.

In this book I feel like everyone grows be leaps and bounds and the character development in this book is ASTOUNDING. Elide becomes so amazing and Manon, who I have to say is probably my favorite character finally starts walking to the beat of her own drum.

It was very difficult for me to put this book down since every single one of Aelin’s plans were always so complex and so covert that you didn’t know what she was up to or what was going to happen until it actually did.

Every single person and movement and moment had a working piece in this massive contraption of a book. Every single thing had it’s purpose and you found it out as the book went on.

I cannot express how satisfied I was with this book. The seamless way Maas can interweave these stories into all separate directions and then bringing them all back together in the most perfect and flawless way. Manon still remains my favorite and I really hope the next book focuses on the Thirteen. There’s something about all her characters that they all have something within their personalities that make them strong and likable …after you hate them for quite a bit (that’s a jab at you Lorcan).

But this has been my favorite in the series so far and has been absolutely gripping from end to end.

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20613470.jpgHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Published September 2nd 2014

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?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

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While I do really enjoy this series, I don’t think I’d call myself a die hard fan like many other people. I feel like I’m much more of a casual fan of this this series. I have been putting off getting caught up on this series for a while, not just because the books are very large but I’ve seen a lot of very aggressive fans on social media and it was very off putting to me. But I’m really glad that I’m finally getting caught up on these books because Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series so far.
I really love the development of this series. The plot, the characters, everything about this series has developed and grown so much since the first book. Sarah is such an incredibly talented writer and I’ll always read whatever books she writes.
Now, the reason why Heir of Fire is my favorite of the series is Rowan. He’s such an amazing character and I love him so much. I love the interaction and friendship between him and Celaena so much. He’s such a well written character and I’m so excited (and scared) to see what is in store for him the in next few books.
I’d definitely this series to anyone who’s looking for a series to emotionally drown in.

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Stephanie’s review of Heir of Fire.

 

 

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas 
Published: September 2nd 2014
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestsellingCrown of Midnight.


 

So don’t fret, I haven’t died. I’ve just had a crazy busy month and I’m in the middle of a book slump. So since I’m sick I’ve decided to catch up on my reviews for you lovely readers.

Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and I have to say, so far it was my favorite (I say was because I have read Queen of Shadows and that book is just…flawless). Heir of Fire is Celaena’s time in Wendlyn where Chaol sends her at the end of Crown of Midnight. She ends up in Doranelle where she meets her aunt Maeve, Queen of the Fae in hopes of learning about the Wyrdkeys.

But alongside the story of Celaena in Doranelle, we also have Rowan Whitethorn who is a Fae Prince with her. He’s bound to Maeve and is his nephew and he’s pretty much a jerk to Celaena the whole way through the book.

You get glimpses of Chaol and Dorian back in Rifthold nothing really happens there throughout the book.

BUT THEN…BUT THEN YOU GET MANON BLACK BEAK OF THE IRONTEETH CLAN. I think this was my favorite point of view in this book. She’s a ruthless witch who’s clan has gathered together and allied with some pretty bad people to bring in the wyverns.

So that’s all the plot points I’ll give but this book was really good actually. You start learning more and more about the creature that took over Cain in Throne of Glass and what that was and how they work etc etc. And new places shown in this book I love seeing more of this world. I hope to see more and more and the series goes on (granted we’re only looking at two other books but I really hope to see more of the world).

You dive more into who Celaena is, what she is, what she holds inside of her and the strength beneath the strength you already see. And as many of you know, or have seen, Rowan becomes a favorite of many, and it’s true. I was team Chaol for a long time, and I think I still am, but Rowan kind of one-ups Chaol. Sorry my love!

Not going to lie though, a lot of this book is setting up for a bigger picture. Yes there’s the adventure and the “what’s this?! what’s that?!” that does happen in the other two books, but it’s a bit slow moving at pace until the last 1/4 of the book. Which for me isn’t a bad thing, I tend to like build ups like that but it’s a lot of context of what’s going on and recapping etc etc for the beginning, build up and plot in the middle and ACTION PACKED in the end.

I really do enjoy this one because there’s more magic, more back story and ultimately it intertwines all the different plots and characters within this story. I found myself rooting for all the different characters and waiting and waiting and anticipating that moment when all of these characters will cross paths again or for the very first time.

This series has yet to disappoint. All the characters are so carefully made and intricately placed and just so amazingly written to a point where it amazes me. I just can’t even begin to explain how I feel when I finish one of these books. I feel so many emotions but at the same time, I just feel in awe of the writing and the perfection that is this series.

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Published: Published May 7th 2013

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


 

Well, I absolutely devoured this book. I had to take a break in the middle due to work and life, but I picked it up and finished it within two days. Celaena is so great. Although I got slightly annoyed with her semi-instalove with a certain someone. But all I have to say on that matter is that I’m totally team Chaol.

But I absolutely loved this book. Especially the first half but towards the end I was like screaming at my book. I love love LOVE the character development in this book and how Maas gives everyone a deliberate purpose for being in the story. (Although I’m hoping to see Dorian’s brother in the rest of the series at some point). But, I enjoyed Celaena’s witty-ness and sometimes even had me laughing throughout the book. I kind of liked her at times/kind of hated her.

I keep rounding back to Chaol, he was my favorite. Even though he didn’t change too much from beginning to end, he kind of was a static character but I liked that about him. CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT RITHFOLD AND ENDOVIER THOUGH!?

This was like my favorite elements of the book. The setting. The setting gave the most awesome magical/fantasy setting. I loooooved it. I loved the deep descriptions Maas goes through with painting not only the action of each character but the settings as well.

WELL DONE Ms. Maas, well done. Can’t wait to pick up Crown of Midnight.

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