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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