May 2017 Reading Wrap Up

I had an amazing reading month quality wise, but I won’t lie, my California trip for sure took away many days I could have been reading. I am still happy with the eight books I read in the month of May, because they were all phenomenal! I discovered some new favorites, and wrapped up a few of my all time favorite series this month. I’m going to lightly touch upon each thing I read in May with the star rating I gave it, but for in-depth reviews please click on the title link of each of these mini reviews.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★
Well, I for sure started off May with a bang, that’s for sure! I really enjoyed this, but couldn’t quite put it on the pedestal that I did for A Court of Mist and Fury. I am still overall very happy with this conclusion, and I cannot wait to see who Sarah picks for the first spin-off book to be about!

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown – ★★★★
I’m so happy that I listened to my friends and continued on and finished this trilogy! I still wasn’t as in love as many of my friends, and members of the book community, are with this series! I still enjoyed this sci-fi series, which is totally adult and not YA like it is marketed, and the characters were truly amazing. I will definitely pick up Iron Gold upon release early next year!

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell – ★★★★★
When I found out Sebastien de Castell was going to be writing a YA series, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist picking it up. I also knew after page one, and seeing that Kellen is a mini Falcio, that I would completely fall in love with it. I loved this so very much, and I need book two in my hands this very second. Please, Hot Key Books, hook a girl up. I’m not above begging.

Secret History (Mistborn #3.5) by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★★★
This was the last thing I had to read for the BooktubeSFF Awards! This totally blindsided me, but in the best way possible! I loved this, I loved the surprises, and I just love this world and universe that Brandon Sanderson has created. Seriously, he is so talented that I’m at a loss for words.

The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by Amy Harmon – ★★★★
Paloma let me know about this book, and bless her damn heart, because she always gives me the very best book recommendations. This book healed all the aches that ACOWAR didn’t. Seriously, I can’t recommend this enough for people who like the ACOTAR series. So many parallels, mixed with that fairy-tale retelling feelings, which will completely leave you enthralled. I can’t wait to pick up book two!

Tyrant’s Throne (Greatcoats #4) by Sebastien de Castell – ★★★★★
This book was, hands down, no contestation, the 2017 release I was most anticipating. I’m still not ready to let all my babies go! The Greatcoats is my favorite series of all time, minus Harry Potter obviously, and this conclusion was everything I could have ever dreamed of. I implore all my readers to pick up Traitor’s Blade and start one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 – ★★★★★
I loved this and it ended up being one of the best mangas I’ve read to date. The art is beautiful, the story is lovely, and the messages are so very important. This book also has some major friendship goals inside of its pages. I was so impressed with this, and I cannot wait to pick up Vol. 2.

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley – ★★★★★
I just posted my review on this, but I completely loved reading about Pyrre and her journey! I loved the entirety of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, and this was absolutely no exception! I love this world so much, and I can’t wait to see what Brian Staveley does next!

I had a decent reading month in May! I wasn’t able to read for the better part of a week, because I was in California on vacation, and I wish I would have tried a little harder to pick up a few books while I was there. Yet, I still feel like I was able to read very many high quality books, even if I wasn’t necessarily as happy as I could be about the quantity. I hope you all enjoyed seeing everything I read in May and I wish you all the best in June. Happy reading, everyone!

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Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano

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Orange is a manga series that will definitely pull on your heartstrings. Heck, before even starting the actual story, the first two art pages at the beginning about broke my heart by themselves. This story starts out with our main character, Naho, receiving a letter from herself ten years in the future. She and her group of friends are sixteen and in eleventh grade in high school, but what her twenty-six-year-old self is trying to warn her of is imperative.

Future Naho informs present day Naho that she will lose the boy she likes if she doesn’t change some of the actions and choices she is about to perform and choose. This obviously makes Naho hyper aware of everything she and her friends are doing, because she is so scared she is going to repeat past mistakes and end up losing this boy anyway.

The best part about this manga series is the phenomenal friendships. This book has one of the best circle of friends I’ve read about in years. They constantly are showing their unconditional love and support to each other, and are honestly a freakin’ treat to read about. Seriously, friendship goals.

Naho Takamiya – Main protagonist, who receives the letter about what her life is going to be like in ten years, unless she changes some things. Very shy, very timid, a very sweet little cinnamon roll.

Kakeru Naruse – The boy who will not be in their lives anymore if his friends do not change the past.

Takako Chino – The more outspoken girl in the group. She always sticks up for Naho, since Naho is too shy for confrontation, and always just generally feels like the protector of the group.

Azusa Murasaka – The happy-go-lucky one of the group, her parents own a bakery, and she’s always super excited and supportive of Naho.

Saku Hagita – Manga lover in the group, who is also totally in love with Azu!

Hiroto Suwa – Honestly one of the best characters, and most selfless humans, I’ve read about in years. He’s the leader of this group, one of the most popular boys in their school, an amazing soccer player, and proves his unconditional love over and love throughout this volume.

I could probably writes sonnets at this point about how much I love Suwa, and how I honestly just want him, Naho, and Kakeru to have a poly relationship where they all love each other, but this whole group of friends is amazing. I love their group dynamic and how they interact individually, too. They are all selfless, to be honest, and they all truly want what is best for their friends. They are a great support system for one another, and I love seeing them build and boost each other up.

This manga series is also important, because it never shies away from the topic of suicide. It brings up great points, especially for high school aged kids, about how sometimes when friends joke about death, they aren’t really joking and to always take them seriously. On the flip side, it is also important to understand that sometimes the saddest people will mask their feelings with smiles and laughter, so always check in on the ones you love and make sure they are feeling okay.

The art is beautiful, the story is lovely, and the messages are so very important. I loved everything about this, and I cannot wait to start the anime after I finish Vol. 2.

Tyrant’s Throne (Greatcoats #4) by Sebastien de Castell

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1.) Traitor’s Blade ★★★★★
2.) Knight’s Shadow ★★★★★
3.) Saint’s Blood ★★★★★

“What do you call a judge sitting on a throne? […] A fucking tyrant, that’s what.”

I’ve been staring at this word document for far too long, because I simply do not have the words to describe how much I love this book and this series. Nothing I could say, and no word combination I could created, would do this series justice, but I suppose I should at least try.

“From nothing we become men and women who write poems and wage wars and conceive of futures both wondrous and terrifying.”

In my opinion, this is the closest thing to perfection in adult fantasy. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about these four books, and as apprehensive as I felt about Sebastien de Castell finally writing a conclusion for this series that I love, he proved that he could do that perfectly as well.

I’ve never rooted for any character of any book like I’ve rooted for these three men:

Brasti Goodbow – The King’s Arrow, the Queen’s Jest, the funniest character in all of literature, and the kindest soul in all of Tristia.
Kest Murrowson – The King’s Sword, the Queen’s Shield, the moral compass, the always knowledgeable bookworm, and the little cinnamon roll that’s too good for this world.
Falcio val Mond – The King’s Heart, my freakin’ heart, the leader, the lover, that smartass, the clever fool, the main protagonist, and maybe the best character ever written.

Like you’ve probably heard a million times before, these three make up a very Three Musketeers like group, that travels through this country named Tristia, trying to keep their dead king’s dream alive. Upon their king’s death, he gave them each a secret mission to completely once he was dead. We learn of Falcio’s right away in Traitor’s Blade, and from there we are lead on an amazing journey filled with duels, wars, deceptions, politics, betrayals, twists, turns, love, and everything in between.

“The problem with games of war is that they’re deceptive precisely because they presume that there are rules to be followed. But this is Tristia, after all, and corruption runs deep in the bone.”

Book four starts out in true Sebastien de Castell fashion, which is always in the most unexpected of ways, with our three beloved Greatcoats crashing a wedding performance in which another Greatcoat shows up to save the day, which totally just makes our Greatcoat’s day much harder. Then, in maybe more true Sebastien de Castell fashion, this ends up being a parallel for the entire book.

This book also answers a lot of questions from the other three books, too. Like where the remaining Greatcoats have gone, and what King Paelis asked of the other Greatcoats. Like what Trist has been truly up to. And, probably most importantly, how are the Greatcoats going to reunite a country that is so very content with meagerly passing by?

“What if people didn’t need outdated heroics and idealism? What if they didn’t need Greatcoats at all? What if the one thing my country needed most to survive was a tyrant?”

It’s so very difficult to say much more without jumping into spoiler territory. This is the fourth and final installment in this series, and it ripped my heart out and left me crying for the last couple hundred pages, but it was everything I wanted. This series means so very much to me, and I’ve never loved another fantasy series quite like I love Greatcoats.

This series is so special and unique, with meaningful lesson after lesson on the importance of being kind and being good and to be just to other human beings. And that your past will never define who you can be. And how important friendship is, and how selflessly loving others is the most powerful gift you’ll ever have in this life. And that regardless of luck, you can make a difference, always.

“It comes down to a choice between Law and Justice –and they are two very different things, Falcio, despite how hard you’ve tried to unite them.”

In my opinion, this series deserves just as much credit, praise, and adoration, if not more so, than The Kingkiller Chronicle, ASOIAF, Mistborn, and all the other popular high fantasy that is constantly talked about and loved and celebrated. And I love all of those too, but I love Greatcoats more.

Please give this series a try, it’s truly masterpiece that I wish I could share with everyone I know. This final book comes out June 6th for us Americans and it is so very deserving of the recent hype it has received on Goodreads.

“And so ends Tristia, once the very pinnacle of culture and civilization, dissipating in misery while the great Falcio val Mond rushes across the land in search of anyone in a long coat who happens to share his fanatical devotion to a dead King’s dream.”

Okay, I can’t resist writing a spoiler section where I incoherently gush about my babies. Please do not continue on if you haven’t completed this series! MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!

“Ah, that’s the thing about people like you and me, Falcio: our curse is to keep living, when those we love best die”

Aline – I have never wept for a character the way I have for Aline. If I had to give a complaint about this book, it would not be that Sebastien de Castell decided to kill her, it would be that he brought her back for just my heart to heal a tiny amount, only to then break in a way I never thought possible over fictional characters. Like, I’m crying writing this paragraph, that’s how messed up this book made me.

“I tried to imagine what it must be like, to be young, beginning to see your own talents emerging, to see the world full of possibility –and yet have to set that aside, to prepare yourself for a marriage whose only purpose would be to ensure you never fully met your own potential. To consign yourself to be less than you could be in order to satisfy the machinations of old men.”

Monster – And then Monster coming back to take Falcio and the Tailor to bury Aline? Please, God, make these tears stop. AND SHE HAD FOULS? LITTLE FAE HORSE BABIES? Please, just, take all my money and make me a book about them. Seriously, how perfect.

Trin – Girl, where did you go? And how are you my favorite villain of all time? Everything Trin does makes so much sense, while she also does nothing without reason. She wants to love so desperately, she was just never taught how to. Like, I love Trin. I know I shouldn’t, but my heart just breaks for her. I hope Sebastien de Castell comes back to this world soon, because I hate having resolution with everyone but Trin.

Fillian – I read this book feeling like Fillian would perhaps get his own spin-off. And even though I hated Aline’s death, I loved the conversations of misogyny that Fillian becoming King (so easily) brought up. I mean, Fillian proved he would put his country first, I just feel like he is too mysterious for us to not learn a lot more about, eventually.

Chalmers – And once Chalmers got appointed First Cantor, I couldn’t help but fully believe in a spin-off. I mean, maybe it is just a sweet ending, and Lord knows that Chalmers deserved that rank after what she had proven of herself during the war, but I still feel like we are going to learn a lot about her and her new king, Fillian.

Darriana – God, I just love Darriana. Not only is she completely badass and always takes matters into her own hands, she somehow wormed her way into Brasti’s heart and he into hers. I loved that is going to reform the Dashini into what it should and could have been from the start. I only hope her and Brasti get a spin-off telling about their adventures and their love together.

Tommer, God of Valour – Be still, my heart. Honestly, seeing the Gods of Love, Death, and Valour show up honestly broke me. I thought I couldn’t contain my tears during Aline’s death? Oh was I a sweet summer child.

Jillard – Jillard was one of my favorite characters, but I knew he was living on borrowed time as soon as Tommer died in Saint’s Blood, but can we talk about his character development? I mean, what a perfectly crafted and written character, who was able to evoke every emotion of the spectrum from me.

The Tailor – I know the Tailor isn’t the most beloved character of this series, but when I think about everything she has lost, and continued to lose, my heart becomes so very heavy for her. Another perfectly executed and morally grey character.

Morn – The King’s Backstabber. Also, Sebastien de Castell’s twists and turns will never cease to surprise me.

Nehra – I loved her and the rest of the Bardatti. Whenever I play or watch D&D, Bards are always the class that wins me over with minimal effort, and I fell in love with the Bardattis just as easy. I loved the impact of their war song, and I loved the message that music can change the world. I hope there is a heavy emphasis on them and their tales in future books.

Feltock – I honestly was not expect this cameo at all, but it was so very welcoming. I loved the disabled representation, especially in a believable war setting from an actual war general. Feltock was such a wonderful addition to the ending of this book, and I am so very thankful for him and his impact on the war.

Valiana – Valiana kind of missed the mark for me in this book. Like, I didn’t have a problem with her, but I constantly wanted her to show Falcio she loved him and viewed him as her father, but instead she constantly acted ungrateful towards him. And I get that it was completely sad and unfair that she was lied to all her life, but then she just accepts taking Jillard’s name and happily rules her new Duchy. I don’t know, it just feels sort of bad.

Ethalia – Okay, I agree, her being pregnant with Falcio’s baby (girl, too) at the end was a little cheesy. But hell, after seeing Falcio finally say he was lucky after all the torment, suffering, and heartbreak he had to endure through his journey, I am happy for him. I am so very happy for him.

“My name is Falcio val Mond. I might just be the luckiest man who ever lived.”

Brasti becomes a Rangieri, Kest becomes a knight, and Falcio becomes a father. You know, I honestly didn’t see this ending coming, but I loved it all the same. These characters have become part of who I am as a person, and I will cherish this amazing quartet for as long as I live, while I sing its praises to every book lover I come in contact with. I can’t wait to see what adventure Sebastien de Castell embarks us on next!

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The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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The Bird and the Sword had such an unexpectedly beautiful prose, with such lyrical writing. I was completely swept away by how whimsically this tale was told. Amy Harmon has such talent, and I went into this expecting nothing, but I ending up being blown away by this fantasy novel. Seriously, this is not hyped nearly enough.

Also, on a completely personal side note, this book’s main protagonist has an abbreviated version of my favorite name of all time, Larkin. So, besides the enthralling writing, I was completely fangirling over the use of the name Lark, too, because I’ve never read a story using it before.

Okay, so this book starts out with Lark being very young and still learning the dangers of her magical gift. In this world, Gifted people are sentenced to death, so it is very imperative to hide your magical powers if you are born with any.

The Four Types of Gifted Magic:
Spinners Have the ability to turn things into other things.
Changers Can shape shift into other animals.
Healers Are able to heal bodies and cure wounds.
Tellers Use magic words that compel people and things to do things. This magic is very much like casting spells, and very powerful.

“My mother made words. She was a Teller, and her words were magic. She spoke and the words became life. Reality. Truth. My father knew it, and he was afraid. Words can be terrible when the truth is unwelcome.”

Lark is a Teller like her mother, and her mother pays the ultimate price for her carelessness to hide her powers. Her mother is killed by the King of Jeru, but not before she tells the King, Lark’s father, and Lark herself, a few prophetic things. Her mother’s premonition-like rhymes also makes Lark lose her ability to speak.

We are then thrust into the future, where our dear Lark is still unable to communicate besides head nods. She does have an amazing Troll companion named Boojohni that I completely fell in love with. They sort of form their own way to speak, and he has become Lark’s only friend over the years.

Then one day, while out in the forest, Lark stumbles upon a fatally injured bird. Even though she only has the voice inside in head, she tries to use her Teller powers to compel the bird’s body into healing itself. The next thing she knows, she is waking up in the forest and then is running home because the new King is arriving to meet with her father.

Lark’s father, Corvyn, is a Lord and hasn’t sent any men to help fight against the Volgar. The Volgar are winged evil monsters that are lead by the Volgar Liege. Their numbers are constantly growing, and they are taking over more and more land. The new King, Tiras, son of the old King that killed Lark’s mother, captures Lark and plans to use her as hostage. Tiras tells Corvyn that he can have his daughter back, once he sends his share of men to help defeat the Volgar.

And the story quickly, and very addictively, starts from there.

“Suddenly yearning had a flavor. It tasted like a king, a beautiful, frightening, infuriating man who flew into my life and began to free my words.”

The characters are so very wonderful, and Lark is such a strong female character that learns her worth and won’t settle for less than what she deserves. The story is fast paced and full of intrigue and mystery, while proving over and over that words are the most powerful weapon we will ever truly wield. The magic system is easy to understand, but still really enchanting. The romance in this book is seriously top notch, and if you guys are anything like me and some of your favorite parts of A Court of Mist and Fury were the ones where Feyre is taught to read, then you are going to freakin’ love some of the scenes in this book. Seriously, be still, my heart, because I’m still not over how heartwarming and perfect those scenes were.

“I have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be.”

The Bird and the Sword is the perfect mix of fantasy and romance. If you are like me, and enjoy both of those genres, then you have to pick this book up. I loved this and I absolutely cannot wait to read The Queen and the Cure.

Secret History (Mistborn #3.5) by Brandon Sanderson

(I read this in Brandon Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection!)
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#1.) The Final Empire ★★★★★
#2.) The Well of Ascension ★★★
#3.) The Hero of Ages ★★★★

Readalong for the BooktubeSFF Awards which is being hosted by Adriana from Perpetual Pages, Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw, Samantha from Novels and Nonsense, Connor from Connor O’Brien, Elizabeth from Books and Pieces, Kaitlin from Kitty G, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Elena from Elena Reads Books, and Thomas from SFF180!

This review will contain major SPOILERS for the original Mistborn trilogy! Please do not continue on if you have not read The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages!

“There’s always another secret.”

Okay, so I completely and promptly started to lose my ever loving mind when I realized that this novella was going to star Kelsier in the in-between. Then, seeing his death again, and from his point of view, I was completely rebroken all over again.

But seeing this original trilogy take place quickly in Kelsier’s perspective was something that I never expected and completely loved. And seeing his interactions with Preservation were something of magic. It also helped explain a lot, like the scene when Elend was stabbed at the well. Oh my God, I have no words for what this amazing new perspective gave me. And how the earthquakes were from Kelsier and Ruin fighting!? Oh my Lord. Who did Brandon Sanderson sell his soul to, to be able to write like this? Seriously, so impressive.

And Vin, such a perfect little brave cinnamon roll, who was always too good for this world. Her choosing to go, when Kelsier feels unable to leave, God, I can’t. Brandon Sanderson is able to evoke such much pure emotion from me, because of these amazing and realistic characters he creates.

“She brought destruction to the destroyer”

Seeing, and actually talking about, the Cosmere universe was amazing, too! Brandon Sanderson is such a talented author, and seeing him talk about this elaborate universe that he has created, with his stories that link it all together, made me awestruck. I also loved how we are slowly learning that there are greater problems surrounding this universe, even though we as readers are always just so heavily invested with the story at hand.

This was a wonderful addition to this world, and I can’t recommend enough! I am so thankful to have read it, and it really made an amazing story even more spectacular! And that epilogue with Spook made me want to run to my bookshelves and pick up The Alloy of Law immediately.

(I read this in Brandon Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection!)

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell

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I have to start off this review by letting you all know that Sebastien de Castell is my favorite author, hands down. His writing is so beautiful, his banter leaves my sides hurting from laughter, his characters always find a way to weasel themselves into my heart, and his fantasy stories are a tier above anything else out there right now. He is such a clever and witty writer, and his books are exactly what I want and look for in my fantasy. Oh, and I get a little fangirly when I talk about him and his Greatcoats.

So when I found out he was going to be writing a YA series, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist picking it up. I also knew after page one, and seeing that Kellen is a mini Falcio, that I would completely fall in love with it.

In Kellen’s clan there are two types of people:
Jan’Tep – People that can wield magical powers.
Sha’Tep – People that have failed their mage trials, have none or minimal magic powers, and are now servants to the Jan’Tep. That might mean being a servant in the home of a Jan’Tep family, or it might mean life forced to spend your days mining in the mines.

Our main protagonist, Kellen, comes from one of the most powerful mage bloodlines in his clan. His father is renowned and feared by everyone, because he is so powerful. His mother is one of the most gifted healers ever known. His sister is the best and most magical student in his school, and she’s only thirteen. Kellen isn’t as lucky.

“No one thought that I’d been clever or brave, not even my own father. All that mattered was that my magic was weak.”

In this world all children have six tattooed bands on their arms that need to spark and then that child will be able to wield that type of magic. Some only spark one band, many spark two bands, but only the most powerful are able to spark all six. Regardless of how many an individual is able to spark; you have to pass all four trials to become a Jan’Tep! And unfortunately Kellen hasn’t been able to spark any of the bands, and his sixteenth birthday, and the deadline to complete his trials in order to become a Jan’Tep are closely approaching.

Iron – Shields and other protective magic.
Ember – Fire and lighting magic.
Silk – Mind manipulation powers and magic.
Sand – Seeing afar and secret knowledge magic.
Blood – Physical manipulation magic.
Breath – Wind and air magic.
Shadow – Magic of emptiness, of the void, and of all things demonic.

Shadow is the band that the children do not have, and that’s because shadow is believed to be cursed and to drive the individual insane, while also encouraging them to perform evil acts. When the shadow decides to show in an individual, it doesn’t spark a band, but a blackness will show. These mages are called Shadowblacks and are hunted and killed.

Kellen is so scared that he is going to be forced to become a Sha’Tep and never have the magical abilities that everyone else seems to have. He also is constantly dealing with feeling like a disgrace to his families’ name, because it feels like he will never be able to be what his family wants him to be. That is, until Ferius Parfax wonders into his town, and shows him that he can be anything he wants to be.

“Life’s a curse, kid. Love is the cure.”

Ferius is an Argosi, who draws maps of people and their cultures. Many believe they travel to witness great events. In true Sebastien de Castell fashion, I fell in love with so many of these characters, but Ferius completely stole my heart. Ferius is such a strong female lead, and there is so much more I want and need to know about her. Also, she wields a deck of cards. Yeah, think Gambit from X-Men and Twisted Fate from League of Legends, except tarot cards. I honestly want to be Ferius Parfax when I grow up.

“The world is a big and dangerous place and there’s more darkness filling it than you’ll ever know. Only one thing fights that –men and women who don’t walk away from their debts. Pick a card now, Kellen, because I won’t ask again.”

The Jan’Tep people also live in fear of another culture of magical people, even though they have been dead for a long time. The Jan’Tep people are taught about a war that involved them and the Mahdek, who would summon demons and commit other evil acts. You know, like Shadowblacks. The Mahdek people also would use these adorable very vicious squirrel-cats, actually named/called nekheks, to help them fight, so the Jan’Tep people are also very afraid of them, too!

One particular squirrel-cat ends up playing a major role in this story, and his name is Reichis! I couldn’t help but picture Reichis as Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy, even though I know he’s not a raccoon, but his personality is so reminiscent. Seriously, such an amazing character. I would completely read a whole book surrounding him and his family. Also, if I wasn’t completely sure about giving this story five stars before, Reichis’ mother completely sealed the deal.

Also, I want to state a trigger warning for animal cruelty/abuse. This is normally a big problem for me, and it didn’t bother me too badly in this book, but that’s not to say that it won’t bother you. This book has a light amount of it, and nothing too graphic, but it is in a few scenes and I feel like it is very important to at least warn you guys.

Kellen was so focused on trying to pass his mage trials and how not to be an embarrassment to his family, until some Jan’Tep people start losing their powers and many members of the clan begin to blame the mysterious Argosi woman who has just recently come to town. Which means Kellen is forced to figure out what really is happening to his people, while also trying to figure out who he really is himself.

“I’m afraid there is a great deal of difference between not doing something and not being responsible for it.”

This story is so unique, the writing is so superb, and the message of this story is so very important. Accepting who you are is sometimes the hardest battle we will fight in this life, and seeing Kellen become who he is and not what others expect him to, whether it’s his family or the world, is something so beautiful that I don’t have words for.

“Because that card might just change the world.”

Thank you again, Sebastien de Castell, for another book that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I’m not sure what the world has done to deserve your stories, but I am so very thankful for them.

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Book Reviewers that I Absolutely Love and Completely Recommend

I just wanted to write up a quick post about some people in the book community that mean an immense amount to me and deserve all the recognition in the world! These people are amazing reviewers, who are always honest and critical, and probably the reason my TBR shelf looks the way it does.

Khanh from The Alliterates
I can count on one hand how many books me and Khanh disagree on. I trust her reviews more than I trust anyone’s in the book community, and I honestly live for her one star reviews. Not only is she the best reviewer I know, she is also a video game playin’, Harry Potter lovin’, bunny mom, too!

Mogsy from Biblio Sanctum
Honestly, Mogsy is the SFF Queen! She is constantly reviewing the newest Sci-Fi and Fantasy and is probably the biggest reason my TBR shelf looks like it is about to break. Her reviews are so absolutely brilliant, and I hope to be half as good as her one day.

Paloma from Bookish Paloma
Paloma is one of my oldest friends in the book world, and she has helped me more than she will ever know. She has been on Goodreads reviewing for a long time, but has just recently started her own blog! She is so very lovely, and her buddy reads, gushes, and Snapchats mean so much to me.

Bentley from Book Bastion
Bentley has some of the best and most important discussions in the book community, where he never shames or discourages anyone regardless of their opinions. He also writes outstanding reviews, and has some book aesthetics that are to die for.

SueBee from Shh… [Smut, Heroes & HEAs…]
Sue is seriously the Queen of Romance and Erotica! She constantly is telling everyone on Goodreads about free books, and has the best naughty but addicting recommendations. She is also such a hard worker that is always promoting new or lesser heard of authors and doing giveaways for them.

Petrik from
Some of my best bookish moments of 2017 have been buddy reading books with him. Petrik started blogging at the end of last year, but his content is phenomenal. I’m also completely biased, because, like Mogsy, Petrik reads everything I read and/or want to read.

Mary from Leafy Dream
Mary is a little busy with school right now, but is my go to for manga, anime, light novels, otome, and all things Japanese to be honest. She’s stunning and has such wonderful content that has helped me so very much.

Cory from Navessa Allen
Okay, I could probably make a post by itself about Cory, because she has quite literally changed my life, but I’ll try to keep it short. Navessa is her pen-name, because she is also an amazing writer on top of being one of the best reviewers on Goodreads. She also posts her reviews on The Alliterates with Khanh. And she is also the reason why I am a feminist, because she opened my eyes at a time in my life when I was choosing to keep them closed. She is such a beautiful human and I have no words for how impactful her and her reviews have been on me.

These are just a handful of people I love in the book world, but these eight have truly helped me be a better book reviewer and I’m forever thankful for their kindness and friendship. Obviously I recommend checking them out and seeing their awesomeness for yourselves, because they all really are spectacular! Happy reading, everyone!💗

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

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#1.) Red Rising ★★★
#2.) Golden Son ★★★★

“The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”

For those of you unfamiliar with Red Rising, even though I might be the only one left at this point, in this world that takes place in our universe, starring a young man from Mars, everyone is subdivided into color categories based on their skill sets, income, hair color, and what last name they possess (information provided by the Red Rising Wiki page):

Golds – Rulers of society
Silvers – Financiers and businessmen
Whites – The clergy
Coppers – Administrators, lawyers and bureaucrats
Blues – Astronavigators of ships
Yellows – Doctors and scientists
Greens – Programmers and developers
Violets – The creative class such as artists
Oranges – Mechanics
Grays – Law-enforcement, security, military and other armed personnel
Browns – Servants
Obsidians – “Monstrous race only bred for war”
Pinks – Pleasure slaves
Reds – The unskilled and menial laborers

Darrow, that young man that was born and raised in the mines of Mars as a Red, has some pretty traumatic things happen to him in Red Rising that has lead to him being the main tool in a rebellion for equality among the colors.

“Justice isn’t about fixing the past, it’s about fixing the future. We’re not fighting for the dead. We’re fighting for the living. And for those who aren’t yet born.”

I enjoyed this and Golden Son more than Red Rising, and with the heartbreaking cliffhanger at the end of Golden Son I couldn’t resist immediately picking up this conclusion novel. And I’m so very thankful I did, because this book was such an immersive and addicting read.

This being the final novel in this series, the rest of this review is going to contain SPOILERS. I’m not going to say exactly what happened, but you will obviously know who has lived and who has died, and you’ll also have a pretty good idea about who was fighting for what side. Please do not continue on if you haven’t read this series, or if you do not wish to be mildly spoiled.

“This is always how the story would end. Not with your screams. Not with your rage. But with your silence.”

That ending. That freakin’ ending. That ending was everything. Like, my crops are watered, my family is fed, and my skin is clear perfection. I don’t think I’ll ever get over this ending.

Okay, so the middle of this book was very slow for me. Not that I don’t love and have a soft spot for the Obsidians, and I know that story line was important to the end, but I was forcing myself to keep reading. I was pretty convinced I was going to give this a not so great rating, but that ending happened, that ending was everything.

I was crying over Cassius, because he is my favorite character, and absolutely hating Sevro. Then I was crying over what a perfect little cinnamon roll Sevro is. Then I was crying over Sevro, and hating Cassius with everything that I am. Then I was crying over Cassius, and crying over Sevro, and just crying in general, because I was such an emotional mess. Like, my body and emotions couldn’t handle the ending of this book. Then Mustang went and just flat out killed me.

The ending of this book is honestly up there with The Hero of Ages for me. This conclusion was a perfect way to end this trilogy, and I feel almost at a loss for words, because I honestly believe Pierce Brown wrapped this series up perfectly.

Even though the ending was perfect, and I loved the beginning where we get to see the consequences of Golden Son’s cliffhanger, like I said above, I was extremely bored during the middle of this book. And even though I recognize the importance of that middle section, I still can’t bring myself to give this five stars, even though that ending was everything I could ever wish for in a book and I simply cannot stop gushing or thinking about it.

I also want to mention that I still hate Roque and I absolutely hated the way Darrow was impacted by his death. Like, gross. Please stop.

I was also pretty upset with Ragnar’s death. I gushed about him pretty hard in my Golden Son review, and I just think his character deserved better. I know that this story is essentially about an intergalactic war that is ever approaching, and that it is unrealistic that everyone makes it out alive, but I just wish it wouldn’t have been him.

“Our lives mean so much more than the frail bodies that carry them.”

But besides the ending, I did love many other things about this book and series:
➽ I loved the obvious social issues this book touches upon that mirrors our society that the people we place in power today. Obviously it’s not as drastic as the difference between Reds and Golds, but maybe one day it will be. Hell, 2017 has been pretty depressing so far.

➽I loved the constant reminder of how important friendships are. I also loved how this book actually portrays friendship, and how you will fight with your friends when you believe they are doing something that is wrong. That’s real and good friendship; wanting that person to be the best that they can be and that sometimes means calling your friends out on things. Sevro and Darrow are friendship goals.

➽I loved the importance of Darrow constantly building his social network. The whole spectrum of colors won this war, not just Reds and Golds. It was so believable the way Darrow made more and more connections and more and more important people and leaders believed in him and his cause. It wasn’t just a forced happy ending where everything works out (I’m looking at you ACOWAR), but it was a constant struggle and battle, which Darrow worked very hard to achieve.

➽I loved Cassius and Darrow’s whiskey conversation. It honestly gave me life.

➽I loved Quicksilver. Like, everything about him. Everything.

➽I loved the cannibals from the ship crash. It was so scary and atmospheric; I was on the edge of my seat constantly. Which probably also helped to make the part right after the cannibals boring.

➽I loved the realistic villains in this story, and even though they were horrible people, they were amazingly written characters who were all very believable reasoning for their actions. Also, the Jackal wearing that rib-cage broke me. Such a convincing and utterly downright scary villain.

➽I loved Mustang/Virginia and her character growth since Red Rising. I know a lot of people have problems with her manipulating Cassius and keeping a big secret from Darrow, but this is a time of war and she has had to watch every man she has ever loved be evil. I totally get her not trusting anyone and doing some shady things to win a war. I’m not saying it is right or ethical, but it is believable. My heart bleeds for her character and what she had to watch her family become. I weep for everything she has given up in the face of justice, equality, and love. I feel like Pierce Brown wrote such a spectacular female character that is strong yet compassionate, beautiful yet brutal, merciful yet proactive, and so very real. She is one of my favorite characters of all time.

(Breathtaking art by: Grace Zhu)

“Life’s not just a matter of breathing, it’s a matter of being.”

I would completely recommend this series to anyone who has a love for SFF. I also have nothing but high hopes for the rest of Pierce Brown’s career, and I cannot wait to read Sons of Ares this month and Iron Gold upon release next January.

And I want to give a huge thank you for all my friends that encouraged me to continue on with this series, when I was being very apprehensive over Red Rising. And I want to give an extra special shout out to Gelisvb for letting me bounce all my feelings off of her, and for letting me gush and cry and rant nonstop to her. Seriously, she’s amazing, please go friend request and/or follow her! 💖

“They call me the Morning Star. That star by which griffin-riders and travelers navigate the wastes in the dark months of winter. The last star that disappears when daylight returns in the spring.”

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

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1.) A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★
2.) A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★

“A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.”

I had really high hopes for this, like really high, and I did enjoy it, but I can’t help being reminded that this was nothing close to the perfection that ACOMAF was. My reading experience was honestly reminiscent to Harry Potter, because I was fangirling every other page, while squealing and giggling and rolling around on my bed like I was twelve again! And when I saw that the prologue was in Rhysand’s point of view, I did the longest yeah boy ever. Big shout out to Paloma for putting up with my thirsty self, because she’s the best and her Snapchats gave me life throughout our read through! ❤

Yet, when I turned that last page a wave of disappointment and apprehension hit me, and it hit me hard. There was some really bad feeling plot fixes that were really forced, unbelievable, and convenient. Then, which I will never fault an author for trying to put diversity and representation in her cast, but Sarah J. Maas made it feel really inauthentic and exploitative, I’m not going to lie. I also feel like she added so many side characters and side plots to further advance the spin-offs that are going to start coming in 2018. Also, anyone else feeling some Swan Lake retelling vibes?

The one thing that I didn’t enjoy, but I’m sure many of my friends and followers will enjoy, is that there was a lot less sex in this book. Like, that first sex scene hit, and I was like “okay” and that was really the only major sex scene throughout this 700 page book. Like, they spoke about sex, and gave little tidbits of small sex scenes here and there, and for sure alluded to having sex a lot, but it was nothing close to the erotic things that ACOMAF and EoS had inside them. Nowhere freakin’ close.

This is the first conclusion we’ve ever had from Sarah J. Maas and I am overall very happy with this very loose retelling of Snow White. I don’t want you guys to think I hated this or anything, because I obviously didn’t and a three star rating is still good! I just expected this to end up on my “best books of 2017” list, like both ACOTAR (2015) and ACOMAF (2016) did, and I’m not so sure that it will.

Also, a lot of people were hurt and offended by some acephobia in the ACOWAR preview chapters, surrounding Hybern’s niece and nephew that were very much involved with each other (yeah, think Jamie and Cersei). I completely see both sides of this argument and, again, your opinions and feelings are completely valid, but I feel like it’s very important to note that there is a discussion going on around this, especially to all my ace friends and followers, because I never want to see any of you harmed or hurt, especially not by problematic material in books.

The rest of my review is going to contain MAJOR SPOILERS for both ACOTAR, ACOMAF, and this book, ACOWAR! Please, do not proceed to read any further unless you have read this book and its predecessors or you wish to be spoiled!

“I repeated their names silently, over and over into the darkness. Rhysand. Mor. Cassian. Amren. Azriel. Elain. Nesta.”

Okay, let’s just talk about the characters and how they made me feel for a minute:

Feyre (The Night Court) – Feyre is such a well developed character. Seeing everything she’s gone through, and how much she’s grown, it is just incredible. I loved how she dismantled the Spring Court. I loved when she fell to her knees when she saw Rhysand. I loved how she picked her sisters over everything. I loved Feyre in this, and I most loved that by the end of this trilogy she loved herself.

Rhysand (The Night Court) -My heart, my soul, my body, my everything. If I could have one book boyfriend, I would pick Rhysand every fucking time. No contest, no questioning, nothing, I’d pick Rhysand instantly. Boys, read this book and study this man! I think most girls can agree he is the closest thing to perfection in this world. His banter, his sense of humor, his selflessness, his devotion, his unconditional love, his patience, his determination, everything. When we would be reminded how he taught Feyre to read, I can’t even describe that feeling. Sarah J. Maas was so smart to write that, because all of us as book and reading lovers can relate to how empty a world would feel without reading, and Rhysand gave that to her! Ah, I can’t. I have no words, other than Rhysand is perfection.

Cassian (The Night Court) – The light of my life and everything that is good in this world. Cassian made this book so enjoyable for me. He had so many good quotes, too! I couldn’t believe how hard he won me over, but I was swooning for him throughout this entire book!

Azriel (The Night Court) – Azriel, as much as I do like him, is going to cause Lucien so much pain and suffering. I mean, I feel really bad for him because of Mor, and I desperately want him to find someone, but the future is looking pretty bleak for him, I’m not going to lie. Maybe the girl that he and Feyre saved will end up being his mate. I mean, that would seem random for Sarah J. Maas if she didn’t end up playing a bigger role, and we know how much she likes pairing people off.

Morrigan/Mor (The Night Court) – Or maybe that girl will end up with Mor! You know that exploitative feeling I was talking about at the start of my review? Yeah, it’s right here. Mor is now a lesbian, which would have made such a powerful impact on me if it didn’t feel fake and forced. Again, I’m not going to fault anyone for trying to have more representation in their books, especially not someone like Sarah J. Maas who needs more representation in their books, but this didn’t feel authentic to me whatsoever. Also, there was that scene where everyone was pretty much like “Yeah! I’m bisexual, too!” and that felt really condescending and borderline offensive to me. I’m very curious to see what everyone else thinks about Mor’s development. Also, Rhys’ interactions with Mor in this book were not okay. He treated Mor badly in this book. Not only did he end up making her feel unsafe at the meeting with her father, ultimately making her feel unsafe in her own home, but he also made her sit through all that abuse when the High Lords met up. Both scenes were honestly hard to stomach, and completely abusive and not okay.

Amren (The Night Court) – I felt a little baited by Amren at the end. Not the question if she was bad or not, I never really thought that, but when she came out of the cauldron with Rhys, I thought she was a human! So I was like “oh my gosh, how is this going to work now that she’s weaker than she was, and she’s going to age and everything?” And then Rhys is like “Well, she’s still a high fae and I’m sure she will develop a new power!” And I’m like…. Okay, I was dumb.

Varian (The Summer Court) – Varian and Amren’s romance was everything! When she came out of the tent wearing his shirt, I lost it. I loved that they found happiness with each other, and I love than Varian begged her but ultimately supported her decision to save everyone. Relationship goals, you all.

Nesta – I love when an author makes me feel very vast and different things for a character, and I will give Sarah J. Maas all the props in the world for Nesta. I really thought she was being so unfair and hard towards Feyre, especially after everything Feyre has done for her family, but it ended up working out for me. I loved that Nesta was connected to the cauldron, because she refused to not take something from it. I loved how she didn’t just swoon and fall all over hot ass Cassian instantly, because I’m not sure I would have that same strength. I loved how she forgave and accepted the love her sister wanted to give her all along. I loved the scene with her, Feyre, and Elain all curled up together, because I love books about siblings being close and having that unconditional love with each other. I’m so happy they found it, and I can’t wait to read more about it in future spin-offs. When Nesta laid down on top of Cassian, I had to put my book down and walk around my house for like fifteen minutes, because I couldn’t deal. It was perfect and if I could have any spin-off I would pick Cassian and Nesta.

Elain – Like, when that human boy told her he’d never love her, just because she’s fae now, my heart broke. I don’t know why that felt so real to me, but that hit me way harder than it should have. I guess it is just the young girl in me, remembering how you think your first love will be your only love, and then getting slapped with the realization that that isn’t ever close to being true, but yeah, I felt that scene. I loved that Elain is a seer, and I can’t wait to see how that develops further with the spin-offs. Also, give me that good Lucien angst, please.

Lucien – First and foremost, I loved who really was Lucien’s dad. Like, that was a plot twist that I loved and wasn’t expecting at all! Now, more Dawn Court please! It also gives me all the hope in the world that Lucien will get a spin-off. Also, I’m really curious to learn more about Lucien’s past and about Jesminda.

Tamlin (The Spring Court) – I am not excusing his or anyone else’s abuse, ever, but my favorite part of this book was when Tamlin told Feyre to be happy. Take that information and do what you wish with it, but I wouldn’t hate a Tamlin spin-off where he learns how to control the anger and rage inside of him. I never truly ever hated Tamlin, I just fell in love with Rhys the first moment he appeared in ACOTAR.

Alis (The Spring Court) – Beautiful little cinnamon roll! I was so happy that her and those two little boys were in this final installment! I loved her perception, her input, and her constant encouragement. I hope this isn’t the last time we see Alis.

Ianthe (The Spring Court) – Evil bitch from Hell, legitimately the devil incarnate. I loved her death, like, fucking loved it! And I loved the greater discussion on how women can rape and sexually assault men, too. When someone doesn’t want you to touch them, don’t touch them. It’s not a hard concept, and it is something that not just men are guilty of, and I really liked the showcasing of that.

Tarquin (The Summer Court) – I like Tarquin a lot, and I think Sarah J. Maas will further progress his character as the spin-off stories go on. Also, I loved how he mass killed Hybern’s army by drowning them on land.

King of Hybern – He was super rapey in this book. Like, he kept threatening rape constantly and I’m like, “where did this come from?” Also, for being such a powerful and smart leader who has been waiting for his vengeance all these years, he was pretty dumb. Like, he just let a girl walk up and stab him in the back of the neck. Really? Super anticlimactic and chaotic evil villain.

Jurian – I loved his plot-twist and how he was playing secret agent with Hybern. Jurian was, for me, an all around good character, and super enjoyable to read about. And, holy moly, does he have some background stories to tell. I have a strong feeling he and Queen Vassa are going to receive the spin-off, and even though it isn’t my personal first choice, I will totally still read it.

Miryam – Miryam was Jurian’s half-fae ex lover who is talked about pretty frequently in this series. Everyone presumed her dead, but it is revealed that she faked her death so she could live peacefully with Drakon on a hidden island very similar to Velaris! She’s also going to take the cauldron back to hide it with her and Drakon’s people.

Drakon – I love Drakon’s back story on how he was given Miryam as a slave for an arranged marriage gift, and how he let her go to just ultimately fall in love and give up everything for her. Yeah, big fan. Also, him and Miryam totally came and helped save the day in the end, so kudos to both of them.

The Bone Carver – The Bone Carver ended up being one of my favorites from this story. He also opened the door for old gods in this story, and I can’t wait to see how that develops! His death hit me pretty hard, just because I believe he was fully aware of what would happen, yet he sacrificed his life anyway because Feyre was worthy. Please, these tears.

The Weaver – In ACOMAF, I loved the story arc with the Weaver and her house, so I was really excited when it became apparent that she was going to be in this story, too! I cannot believe she is the sister of the Bone Carver, and her actions and emotions during the final battle hit me pretty hard. Again, such a wonderful character that was an absolute treat to read about, especially with Ianthe’s ending.

Bryaxis – Um, I need Bryaxis, Feyre, Nesta, and Elain tea parties right now! I know so little about this mysterious creature, but my heart wept for its seclusion under the library for all those years. I can’t wait to see interactions with Bryaxis and the others!

The Suriel – LITTLE ANGEL THAT WAS TOO GOOD AND PURE FOR THIS WORLD. I thought we would see the Suriel in this final installment, but his death hit me like Dobby from Harry Potter. I was not prepared and neither were my never ending tears. Seriously, the Suriel was the star of this book.

“I understood why the Suriel had come to help me, again and again. Not just for kindness … but because it was a dreamer. And it was the heart of a dreamer that had ceased beating inside that monstrous chest.”

I guess I’ll move on to some of the plot developments that bothered me. Like, I loved when Lucien went off to on his side quest to find the lost queen and her court, but then Feyre’s dad came and saved the day in the end, with an entire army at his disposal. Like, that felt bad. Didn’t this dude leave his daughters poor and starving? All because he knew a fae war was coming? I don’t buy or believe that what so ever and I completely think Sarah J. Maas killed him off because that would have been such a weird and awkward reunion! I honestly hated that the dad showed up. Hated it. I wish Lucien would have gotten all the glory. Like, it’s cool he brought an army and named his ships after them, but, dude, you weren’t there when your three daughters truly needed you.

Okay, let’s talk about the sexual representation that I started to discuss in Mor’s character break down above. Let me say this extra loud for people in the back: Just because you have or want to have a threesome with someone of the same sex, even though you are only planning to have sex with the opposite sex, it does not make you bisexual. Okay? Okay. That’s such a gross stereotype for bisexuals, regardless. And that scene at the High Lord’s conference/meeting made me cringe so freaking hard, it was actually unreal. Also, I’m not telling anyone how to be a bisexual or a lesbian, but my personal opinion is that Mor is more bi. Like, again, I don’t want to tell people how to feel about their own sexuality – whatever you feel is completely valid – but she has enjoyed sleeping with men for all these years. Also, her telling Feyre she was a lesbian came straight out of left field. Again, it just felt so forced and so condescending to me. I applaud Sarah J. Maas for trying, I really do, but this representation wasn’t well done. Hopefully, in future books, Mor’s sexuality is done better and feels more authentic.

Moving on, how did we not get confirmation that Feyre was pregnant? Like, you all were seeing those constant hints too, right? I would have bet everything I owned that that was how this book was going to end, with her telling Rhys, but it never came and I was so shocked!

Also, when Chapter 76 ended with the line “Rhys was dead” I thought it was real and that’s how this book was going to end, with him sacrificing himself for his people. I was ready to throw my book across the room. I thought he was going to die, and that Feyre was going to be pregnant with his baby and that was going to be his legacy. I am so happy it didn’t happen like that, but I was crying so hard through Chapter 77 that I could barely see. I’m seriously too damn emotionally invested in the fictional character that is Rhysand.

“Every piece of my still-healing heart belonged to him.”

Despite all of the things that bothered me, Sarah J. Maas writes romance really well, like really well. All the people that hate on her can say what they want, but she knows how to write that good angst that makes you completely enthralled and addicted, where you can’t pull away from her stories. I’m not even close to a Sarah J. Maas fangirl, but I’m speaking the truth; she knows how to write romance, and I think that’s why I was disappointed with this book, after being so in love and obsessed with ACOMAF last year. Feyre and Rhys had their romantic build up in ACOMAF, so we didn’t get any of that in ACOWAR! This book was the conclusion, which dealt with war, suffering, repercussion of certain actions, and sacrifices. It didn’t feel as good as seeing a budding, angst-filled, romance developing between Feyre and the most perfect man ever written, Rhysand.

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have … The wait was worth it.”

It also explains why I was so hyped for every scene with Cassian and Nesta, and Lucien and Elain, because those are budding romances that are just starting! And I think me being able to see and understand that helps me a lot with realizing that I did enjoy this book, it just wasn’t everything that I, personally, wanted. It was still a good conclusion, and I’m so thankful and happy that I was able to read it! Again, a three star rating is good, even though I was expecting this to be a five star rating.

I really enjoyed this, and I completely love this trilogy as a whole! I cannot wait to see what else Sarah J. Maas has in store for Pyrithion and beyond! What did you guys think? Do you think it lived up to ACOMAF? Who do you think the first spin-off will be about? My guess is Jurian and Queen Vassa, but I’m praying for Cassian and Nesta. There are truly so many questions and so many discussions to be had! I can’t wait!

I also loved how ACOWAR really brought many book, blogging, and Goodreads communities together, just because of everyone’s love and excitement for this series and for reading in general. That is something pure and special, and something that hasn’t came around for me since Harry Potter. For that, I will always cherish this series and look forward to more being released in this world.

“A gift. All of it.”

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May 2017 TBR

Even though I read fifteen things in April, I am really apprehensive about my reading in May! Many amazing books are being released in May, but I am going to be in California for a week, and I’m not sure how much reading I’m going to be able to get done. I am going to try my hardest, and these are the six books I am most looking forward to reading in May!

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas: Okay, do I really need to talk about this? Everyone knows the glory that is ACOTAR, and I hope this conclusion is nothing short of amazing! Also, I need steamy Rhysand scenes in my life, like, yesterday.

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell: As many of you know, I am obsessed with Sebastien de Castell’s Greatcoats series and I was so freakin’ excited to see that he is starting a YA series set in the same world as The Greatcoats!

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley: I am not going to lie, I don’t think this ARC is coming in the mail, and it breaks my heart that I didn’t receive it, because I completely fell in love with the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne earlier this year! This standalone stars a side character from that series, Pyrre Lakatur, and she was one of my favorites! I’m going to give this a couple more days to arrive in the mail, in case the publishers were slow, but if not, I’m just going to dive in after ACOWAR, because I can no longer wait!

Sons of Ares (Sons of Ares, #1) by Pierce Brown: In April, I read so much of the Red Rising series, and I have really enjoyed it for the most part. I was super excited to see that something new was coming out in this world in May, and even though it is just a novella, I can’t wait to read it! Especially since I’m going to have to wait until January of 2018 for Iron Gold!

Secret History (Mistborn, #3.5) by Brandon Sanderson: This is the last book of the BooktubeSFF Awards that I have to read! I have really enjoyed everything that I’ve read of Brandon Sanderson, so I have no doubts that this short story will be a wonderful read, too!

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell: I know this was already released in EU, and it breaks my heart that I don’t have my hands on it yet, but I’m hoping this ARC comes before I leave for California, because this is my most highly anticipated book of 2017! I cannot wait to see how The Greatcoats wraps up; I just hope my heart is ready.

I hope all my friends and followers had an amazing reading month in April, and continue to do so into May! I hope I get to all six of these books, because I honestly expect most of them to be nothing short of fantastic! Also, I know I’m totally going to jinx this by saying this, but I even have high hopes that three of these will make it on my “Best Books Published in 2017” list! We shall see! ❤

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