September 29, 2014

Review: Of Metal and Wishes by: Sarah Fine

Of Metal and Wishes (#1) by: Sarah Fine (Aug. 5, 2014)
320 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Retelling
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: The library.
Goodreads Summary: There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

My Review

“We probably all have metal shavings embedded in our lungs. If you cut us open, we’ll sparkle in the light.” ~ pg. 6

What I Liked
  • It’s dark and it chilled me to the bone. A prefect book for the spooky month of October.
  • The writing (as you can tell from the quote) is breathtaking.
  • Diversity in young adult books! Always a plus.
  • I loved the character Melik. Loved.
What I Didn’t Like
  • It was so dark/harsh that sometimes the book stressed me out.
  • That ending. Torture.
  • I only liked the main character, Wen. I didn’t love her for whatever reason. I should have loved her but I only liked her. However, I can tell that many will love her.
  • I’m over love triangles, but I guess it is good that this one was at the very least unique and never boring.
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Bottom Line: I will be reading the second one. You should read Of Metal and Wishes the next time you are looking for a beautifully written darker novel. I think fans of Phantom of the Opera will like it that much more. If you like this book then you should most definitely read Sarah Fine's other series, Guards of The Shadowlands, it is even better.

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September 26, 2014

This Book Nerd's Problems

I'm sure you have all read/seen the problems of a book nerd tumblr. If not then you should check it out here. It's my inspiration for this post. With that in mind, I decided to do my own little personal list. Here are my book nerd problems. *This is not a complete list.

1. Never having an actual bookmark on hand when needed. I have used receipts, mail, kleenex, and everything in between to keep my spot in the book I'm reading.

2. There are thousands of books at my local library but the one I really truly wanted to read happens to be checked out when I finally get to the library, but it wasn't earlier in the day when I looked it up on the catalog.

3. When I just started a really good book and I then have to go to work, or a social event, or family gathering that requires my presence and therefore I must stop reading.When I do finally go out my friends like to point out that they are proud of me for stopping to read long enough to hang out with them, and they should be.

4. When all I want to do is stay up late and read but my eyes are fighting me in every single way possible. You know what I'm talking about. The slow pain of trying to keep them open longer than they should be.

5. When co-workers who are also friends and also big readers ask for book recommendations and you freak out that they won't like the books you tell them they MUST read. The pressure!

6. When I NEED to talk to someone about a book I'm reading right that second and no one I know has read it yet!

7. Having too many books to choose from so I can't possibly choose.

8. When one of my book boyfriends is coming to the big screen and they don't live up to how I pictured them in my head.

9. Before goodreads I didn't really track what I was reading.... The worst is when I get excited to read a book and then start reading and realize I had already read it before.

10. Goodreads is almost always open up in a window on my computer, but having to refresh it every time I come back to it to log back in is frustrating.

11. When I get caught stroking the cover of the new book I just bought or received as a gift in front of strangers, or worse in front of family. They never let me live that down.

12. Realizing that my letter from Hogwarts is never coming.... or is it?

13. When I read a cliff-hanger and immediately go online to find out when the next book comes out only to find out the one I just finished has only been out for a month so I have a year long wait ahead of me.

14. Crying in public while reading. Or laughing in public while reading. I've done both and have received funny looks.

15. When I know characters are soul mates and are 100% meant to be together deep down in my heart, in my very soul, but for some reason the author doesn't.

16. The day I looked up how to say all the names in Throne of Glass... I had been pronouncing some of them wrong.

17. When my arm gets tired while reading. Holding up a book for a long period of time with one hand is a good workout at least.

18. Sometimes realizing (and then denying) that I can't possible read all the books.

Share your book nerd problems below!

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September 25, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Made For You by: Melissa Marr


Made For You by: Melissa Marr (Sept. 16, 2014)
368 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Thriller/Paranormal
Publisher: HaperCollins
Source: I received a free copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to the author and Xpresso!
Synopsis: Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

My Review

Made for You is a thrilling novel that I won't soon forget. I have enjoyed Marr’s other books, Carnival of Souls and her Wicked Lovely trilogy a great deal, so much in fact that her name alone is what got me to read this book. I’m glad I took the chance because I am always looking for new young adult mystery/thrillers that are unique, and Made for You definitely fits the bill.

The beginning of Made for You may have started off a tad slow (the pacing just seemed a little bit off) but it gets better and better as you get further into the book. Other than the sometimes weird pacing, the plot is exceptional, along with its setting. It takes place in a nice little town that never sees any dangers... until now that is. Made For You is chilling and creepy, but luckily Marr did a wonderful job at adding some much needed comedic relief whenever the novel got super dark/creepy.

Now let's talk characters. As any good mystery writer does Marr made me extremely curious about the killer from the very beginning. There are chapters from the killer’s POV which were beyond creepy, but really added to the story. Eva is a likable main character who is just going through the motions, until she is attacked. Now she has visions and must worry about her safety and her friends' safety.Eva’s visions were interesting and added a small flare of paranormal awesomeness.Her friends, especially her best friend, are also essential characters in Eva’s life. They are all pretty interesting and I always enjoy when friendships trump relationships in my books. And a quick work on the relationship in this book. It is present and cute, but also a little frustrating. Either way, I liked it but I didn’t love it.One last great thing about the characters in Made For You, there is also the little fact that this book has parent sightings, multiple ones. The best part, the parents may not be the best (which is a young adult trope I’ve seen a million times), BUT this time the parents try to be better. Yea, you heard me right.

Although Made for You had a few small flaws, it was all in all a very good read. A very good read indeed. Made for You may not be a mystery novel with a huge shocking reveal, but it has a strong group of characters, a unique plot, and admirable writing.


The Author

Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

Giveaway


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September 23, 2014

TTT #26: Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I love making lists, especially TBR related ones, so this week's topic had me super excited. I really hope I do read every single one of these books this fall. These books all scream fall (aka read under a soft blanket with hot coffee or chocolate) to me! I love fall and I welcome it with open arms. Football, scarves, cardigans, and boots here I come!

What is on your Fall TBR List?
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September 22, 2014

Three Mini Reviews: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, On The Road to Find Out, & Everything Leads to You


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by: Jennifer E. Smith (2012)
236 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Fiction
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Source: I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley. This did not impact my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
Mini Sumary: Hadley and Oliver meet at the airport. Both are heading to London for family matters. One long plane ride and some interesting conversations later and we see how just a small amount of time with someone can change your life.
My Mini Review: Time is fleeting and this novel emphasis the importance of using your time the best way you can. I really enjoyed The Statistical Probability and its vivid descriptions, heartbreaking yet uplifting hopeful plot and characters, and its perfect ending. I just really like the all the feels this one gave me, although I can't quite describe them. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this book, but I am really glad I finally gave it a chance. It's a quick read but one that will stay in my mind for some time. This isn't the best young adult contemporary I've ever read, but it was commendable. It may start off a little awkward and you may feel unsure about these characters, but stick with it and see what The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight has to offer.


On The Road to Find Out by: Rachel Toor (June 2014)
320 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Romance
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: The Library
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
Mini Summary: After receiving the less than happy news that she wasn't accepted into the college she wanted, which also happens to be the only one she applied for, Alice Davis decides to go for a run, and it sucked. This is a novel that follows a young adult girl on the verge of becoming an adult. Alice takes on the new challenge of becoming a runner and growing up.
My Mini Review: I was immediately pulled into Alice's story from page one. As a teenager I remember waiting to see if I got into my college of choice, luckily for me I did, but what if I hadn't? I would have been crushed like Alice as well, but I probably still wouldn't have braved the running world. I always say I want to be a runner, but I'm okay with just being a walker for now. Although this book did inspire me to want to run, but not that much. Alice is a little weird and her love for her pet rat was a little hard for me to accept since I'm not a rodent person, but Alice and Walt, her pet rat, grew on me. It's cute. Who doesn't love their pet that much? Alice's friend and love interest are pretty enjoyable to read about as well. This one was a fun and unique read.

Everything Leads to You by: Nina LaCour (May 2014)
307 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Fiction
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Source: The Library
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
Mini Summary: Emi works in the film industry and is gearing up for college. When her brother leaves for a few months for work he gifts his apartment to Emi and asks her to do one thing while he is gone, do something epic in the apartment. Luckily for Emi she happens to stumble across an old letter in an estate sale of a recently deceased famous actor.
My Mini Review: One of my favorite things about this book is that the main character, Emi, is gay, and that fact isn't something that is broadcast about constantly or an issue, it is just a fact, that was anice change. My favorite part of the entire novel is going to have to be Emi's job.

She designs different parts of movie sets. How awesome is that? She is like a interior designer for movies. Her passion about her work is just intoxicating, I loved it. Although Emi did occasionally rub me the wrong way, she grew on me while she grew up. I loved the old letter from the movie star and Emi and her best friend finding out the secrets it holds. The friendship in the story is nicely done along with Emi's relationship with her brother. I actually like Emi's best friend and her brother more than Emi herself. Overall, Everything Leads to You is kind of a movie cliche, but beautiful at the same time.
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September 21, 2014

The Bookish Report

Here are all of the top bookish stories, blog posts, pictures, and videos I found this past week. I put this post up every Sunday so come back again next week for more bookish awesomeness.Click away and enjoy your Sunday!

News

Banded Books Week is here! If you are a graphic novel reader then you should read this list of banned graphic novels. Everyone should also check out this beautiful compilation of quotes from banned books.

Fall is here my friends and I am pumped. Need some fall reading suggestions? Here are 30 cool books for fall to check out and this list of fall's most anticipated young adult novels.

If you want to see the most adorable book ever then I suggest you read this right now.

The fiction longlist for the National Book Award has been announced.

It's been too long since I've shared some fun Harry Potter tidbit with you all. This week you shall feast your eyes on 13 college dining halls that look like Hogwarts. They are pretty unbelievably awesome.

For all you Hunger Games fans out there, you really should see the six stages of reading Mockingjay by Elizabeth Banks.

I am a fan of ya retellings and luckily for me and other retelling fans Epic Reads made an epic list of ya retellings.

I'm sure you know of Cartoon Network, you probably even watched it when you were younger, well Penguin is launching a Cartoon Network Imprint.

Summer flew by and I am already starting to see Christmas tress pop up in the stores. Sigh. I don't believe in starting Christmas anything until after Thanksgiving. A lot of my friends think I'm crazy. Anyway, this story is going somewhere. HarperCollins announced holiday express shipping for indie retail accounts.

Fellow Book Blogger Posts

I love book covers. Anything and everything to do with them. With that being said, The Novel Hermit posted a Holy Mother Cover post about the different book covers of The Sky is Everywhere, and The O.W.L. has an awesome post about a slew of amazing new Nancy Drew covers.

Are you a writer? Stay Bookish tells us all about Hipso Media Publishing looking for young adult manuscripts.

Writer of Wrongs tells us which Hogwarts house her favorite book boyfriends would be in.

Last but not least, If you are looking for a good laugh I suggest you read this blog post about horrible audiobook narrators.

Trailers


How I love Neil Patrick Harris.

I still don't understand why they are doing two movies for the last book, but this does look good.
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September 19, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins Tag

I was tagged by The Quiet Concert! :D

GREED

What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
Most Inexpensive Book: I have a handful of free ebooks that I have gotten and some ARCs I have received, but besides those ones my most inexpensive physical non used book would have to be A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall that I bought at Target for like 8 bucks.
Most Expensive Book: The most expensive book that I bought with my own money would have to be Shadow of Night which was close to 30 bucks but then I also bought the e-book which was around 10 bucks. :D The most expensive book I own that my husband bought me would technically be the new paperback Harry Potter box set.

WRATH

What author do you have a love/hate complex relationship with?
Victoria Scott: I don't hate Victoria Scott at all, some of her books just don't always agree with me. I love Victoria Scott's novel, Fire & Flood. On the other hand, her novel, The Collector, was more of a miss with me. I didn't hate it, it just didn't do a whole lot for me. I'm not sure I will read its sequel but I know for a fact I will read Fire & Flood's sequel.

GLUTTONY

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
I have read the Harry Potter books a whole bunch of times and obviously I feel no shame for that one. I have however read the Twilight books more than once and that gives me a little shame. 

SLOTH

What book have you neglected reading due to laziness? 
Dragonfly in Amber by: Diana Gabaldon: Yup, I have quite a few books that I have simply neglected to read due to their sheer size. This is one of the biggest. 

PRIDE

What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
I'm not sure. I don't think I really do this. I guess Jane Eyre if I had to pick one. I haven't read a lot of "intellectual" books lately.

LUST

What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
I like a bad boy to a degree, not an a-hole, just a bad boy that has that vibe. I also like a guy that is funny. Loyalty is never a bad attribute either.

ENVY

What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
The Mara Dyer book set, assuming there will be one. Also a set of the beautiful Throne of Glass series when all the books are out.

AND I TAG:

Kimberly @ Book Swoon
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September 18, 2014

Review: A Little Something Different by: Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different by: Sandy Hall (Aug. 26, 2014)
272 pages
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: I bought it.
Goodreads Summary: The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

My Review

Grab a copy of A Little Something Different and prepare yourself for an attack of adorable cuteness that will have you smiling the whole time you are reading. A Little Something Different is, well, a little something different, in a wonderful way.

A Little Something Different has 14 POVs that share the accounts they have with Gabe and Lea, the most awkward, occasionally annoyingly so (in a painful to watch kind of way) and yet lovable two people that should be a couple but never seem to quite get it right. We never get the POV from the two main characters just everyone around them, including the barista at the coffee shop, their creative writing professor, and even a funny squirrel, just to name a few. This book is super unique, sometimes overly ridiculous, but unbelievably fun and crazy awesome. It’s off beat and I love it. I enjoyed every single point of view, although some more than others, but none of them were bad. There is no shortness of comedy either in A Little Something Different.

The best way for me to describe this book would have to be that it is a perfect fall read. When the high the other day was only 55 degrees I snuggled under my blanket in my sweatpants with my hot coffee and enjoyed every moment of A Little Something Different. The story did seem a little high school at times considering it takes place in college, but heck, the main girl is only a freshman. Although this book isn’t very deep and is mostly just cute there is a little something more complex going on underneath the surface. I just really felt like this story actually happened in real life.

To sum up, just in case you missed how I feel about this one, I loved it. I wouldn’t change a single thing about A Little Something Different. I give it major points for its cuteness and uniqueness. Not everyone will favor its quirks, but it is worth trying. It doesn’t take long to read and at the very least it will probably make you feel just a little bit happier. Looking at the cover alone will probably put a smile on your face. It did for me.

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September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #7 - A Little Something Different

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • Make sure to share the title and the author too!

My Teasers


"People always expect the first day of school to be crisp and autumnal when the reality is that it's all too often on the hottest freaking day of the year, and the sun burns with the heat of a thousand George Foreman grills." - creative writing professor pg. 3

"I sit up straight. She's talking to me. No one ever talks to me. Oh, how I wish I knew human and could answer her. Instead I nibble on my peanut. - squirrel pg. 12

~ A Little Something Different by: Sandy Hall

I just finished this book and it was beyond adorable. Review to come very soon. Share the link to your teasers below
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September 15, 2014

Review: The Shadow Society by: Marie Rutkoski

The Shadow Society by: Marie Rutkoski (Aug. 26, 2014)
416 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: The library.
Goodreads Summary: Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

My Review

First Line: “Knowing what I know now, I’d say my foster mother had her reasons for throwing a kitchen knife at me.”

Warning: I do a lot of rambling in this review. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't really find a good way to organize my thoughts. I'm sorry if it is hard to follow.

Besides that first line of The Shadow Society, although it had a unique world, it was using a lot of young adult book stereotypes and slightly eh, but luckily it slowly pushed past those as I was reading. I began reading the book at first with no real investment in anything and then just BAM, things changed. I got interested.

I love the alternate worlds in The Shadow Society and the differences in each because of one event that occurred in one but not the other. I liked exploring the other Chicago, the one where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen. I may have enjoyed this world more than your average reader because I live in Illinois near Chicago, but it was pretty darn cool. The whole concept of being a shade (read the book to learn more about this) was unique and refreshing as well.

The characters were interesting but only good, not great. I liked Darcy just fine and Conn was pretty complex. I really did enjoy reading about them. On the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of the romance/relationship in this one. If only honesty was more important to these kids I would have had a little more respect for them and I would have cheered them on.

I don’t read a lot of young adult stand-alone novels (mostly because they don't interest me or I can't find really good ones) so I was excited to find this one, especially since I loved the author’s book The Winner’s Curse. Although The Shadow Society isn’t as good as her other book, it was an above average young adult stand-alone novel. One of the selling points to get you to read The Shadow Society may be that it had a satisfying ending, which was very nice since I feel like I’m always reading endings with huge cliff hangers. I like mixing it up. There was a good amount of action in The Shadow Society, but sadly not quite enough to appease my hunger for action in my books. It did have the good ending action scene, but that was about it.

Do I think you should read The Shadow Society? I don’t think it would hurt. It was a good paranormal young adult novel and I think would be a really good choice if you are looking for a stand-alone book. One more small thing, I do love the cover.


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September 11, 2014

Review: The Book of Life by: Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by: Deborah Harkness (July 15, 2014)
561 pages
Genre: Adult/Supernatural
Publisher: Kensington
Source: The Library
Goodreads Summary: After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

My Review

Waiting for The Book of Life to come out was completely worth it, and I would do it over and over again. The Book of Life was a solid ending to a great trilogy. I can honestly say that I’m not sure I have ever enjoyed a third book in a trilogy more than this one. I was in Book Nirvana. For fans that didn’t enjoy the second book as much as the first book you are in luck, The Book of Life is more like A Discovery of Witches.

The Book of Life picked up right where Shadow of Night left off. Matthew and Diana are back in the present and finding the book, keeping the family together, and trying to stay alive are just few of the hardships they must face.

I love Matthew and Diana. I love them separately. I love them together. I love them. Did I mention that I love them? The best part, I pretty much love all of the minor characters in this trilogy as well. All of them. Okay, I think it’s time I move on.

The Book of Life is the darkest book yet in this amazing trilogy full of vampires, witches, and deamons. Even though the atmosphere is more intense than ever before, Harkness manages to also include moments of happiness among her characters, even during dark times. While reading my heart broke and then it mended, I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time, unraveling the secrets it held in its pages. Did I mention that I read this big book in one day? Well I did. It was that captivating. I never wanted to leave the world Harkness made. The Book of Life was full of unexpected events and brings what it means to be a family to a whole new level. I loved every second of it. It maybe did get a little weird at times, but nothing I couldn’t handle.

If you are A Discovery of Witches fan then I’m certain you will enjoy the final installment in the trilogy. Grab a copy and have fun reading about more of Matthew and Diana’s adventures. Retreat into the magical world Harkness created and enjoy.


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September 9, 2014

Review: Heir of Fire by: Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by: Sarah J. Maas (Sept. 2, 2014)
565 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: I bought it.
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
Goodreads Summary: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

My Review

Heir of Fire, the third installment in the Throne of Glass series, really focuses on the different characters' journeys of finding out who they are, how they fit in, who they are loyal to, and who they NEED to be. I loved every single second of Heir of Fire, even when I was frustrated with some of the characters.The only thing I was sad about, not enough Chaol, but I have an obsession with him so you can probably just ignore me where he is concerned.I also enjoyed seeing little tidbits from the novellas pop up throughout the novel, and I liked getting to meet a bunch of new characters as well. Now I could keep going on and on about everything I loved about Heir of Fire, but that could take all day year.Therefore, I'm going to do something a little different this time.

Instead of my usual rambling/fangirling review of yet another Throne of Glass novel, I decided to share with you the goodreads updates I did while reading along with some gifs to round out my feelings. Enjoy!

To sum up:




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