Blog Tour/ review: Wind Rider By P. C. Cast

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Title: Wind Rider: Tales of a New World 3

Author: P. C. Cast

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Pan Australia

Publication date: 30/10/18

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Pan Australia: 

The third novel in the compelling ‘Tales of a New World’ series by New York Times bestselling author P. C. Cast.

Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear.

But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack, or will Mari and Nik and their people be rejected by the mighty Riders and be forced to flee for their lives? And what happens when a rogue Lead Stallion gets too close to the Pack, rejecting all Wind Riders and turning to a stranger for companionship instead?

‘While many fantasy series style themselves as epic, this one may actually be worthy of the description.’ School Library Journal

‘Cast … easily engages the readers and keeps them wanting more … a wild journey of power, unlikely relationships, betrayal and acceptance.’ Gold Coast Bulletindivider 1Thank you to Pan Australia in conjunction with Aus YA Bloggers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Happy Australian release day to the third  instalment in the Tales of a New World series Wind Rider by P. C. Cast. And welcome to my blog tour stop for this exciting book. Be sure to check out the other blog stops by searching the tags #macmillanaus and #AusYABloggers. Review2

If you missed my reviews of the first two books in this unique series you can read them here: Moon Chosen and Sun Warrior.

Being the third book in the series this review will be spoiler free and possibly a little shorter than my normal ones as I do not want to ruin anything for anyone! Once again, I absolutely loved the cover of this book in fact I think they have gotten better as the series has gone on! I just love the colours in this third cover. I again really enjoyed the sketches at the start of each chapter and really do feel they help the story to come alive even more!

This series is one with a big cast of characters and many points of view. In this instalment that list grows even bigger and there are new POV’s introduced. This can be a little overwhelming at times remembering all the names and their role in the story. However, I also love so many of the characters and feel I get to know them so much better this way.

Much like the second book in the series I found this book much more fast paced and exciting than the first one. Given the hopeful yet ominous way the second book ended I had a feeling the characters were in for one giant adventure! And I felt while reading that this did not disappoint.

I enjoyed finally getting to know more about the Wind Riders after hearing of them vaguely in the previous two books. It was great to get to read about their way of life and powers etc in more detail! Every time a new type of animal companion or group of people in this series is introduced I think they are my new favourites (except for the Skin stealers that is!). I just think they are all so unique and interesting, and each bring something special to the story. It is hard to explain but if you read the series you would understand. I just don’t think it would be the same without the many different groups.

In conclusion, I rather enjoyed this read! It was more action packed then the first one with fewer slow “filler” parts. It is a very character driven book, but I found I enjoy this as I love many of the characters. I also still enjoyed reading about this world and magic system and thought this was a good continuation of this epic tale. Therefore, I am rating this story 4 out of 5 stars.

Wind Rider released today in Australia so make sure you go and get your copy to continue this magical series!

Let's Chat!Have you read this series? Are you keen to discover what happens next in this tale? Who are your favourite characters? Come chat with me in the comments below! As always happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Sun Warrior by P. C. Cast

35890206Title: Sun Warrior: Tales of a New World 2

Author: P. C. Cast

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Pan Australia

Publication date: 31/10/17

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Pan Australia: 

The second novel in the epic ‘Tales of a New World’ series by New York Times bestselling author P.C. Cast. 

The battle lines have been drawn.

Once from rival clans, Mari, an Earth Walker, and Nik, a Companion, now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus has betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people, and he will do anything to get it back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only one way to stop Thaddeus, and it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness.

“P.C. Cast builds an engaging world and cleverly smudges the line between fantasy and speculative fiction . . . the world and the slowly rising tension of the story are spooky, compelling and fun.” Good Reading


Thank you to Pan Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Review2

If you missed my review of the first book in this series Moon Chosen you can find it here. During my read of this second book, I had some similar thoughts to the first book. I again think the cover and the sketches at the start of each chapter are absolutely stunning and give a little something extra to the reading experience. I also still believe that the story should be aimed towards an older audience at least new adults and not the YA audience. This is because there are many themes such as rape, murder, violence and racism that may not be processed or interpreted in an ok manner by people of a younger mindset.

Having said that I do believe that some of the messages that P. C. Cast appears to be trying to get across in this story are good for people of any age. Including that women are strong and capable and great leaders just like men. And more importantly that no matter someone’s culture, upbringing and skin colour we are all human beings capable of great things.

I found this second instalment more enjoyable than the first. Because we know about the world and magik systems there was less to learn. But still enough to learn to keep things interesting.  Also without spoiling anything, this book is much more fast-paced than the first, given where the first book ended and the plotlines that ending opened up. I also really enjoyed getting to know some of the lesser known characters in this book! Danita, as well as the Lynx Bast and her companion, were some of my favourites! I also loved the action-packed ending of this book and am excited to see which direction the story will go in the final instalment of this series.

The only thing that I really didn’t like when reading this was that the magic system in regards to the animal companions seemed to drastically change in this book and although it made sense sometimes other times it didn’t. However, this didn’t drastically affect my reading experience and certain things may make more sense in the next book. At least I hope they do!

In conclusion, I again loved the set up of the book and the fast-paced but still character driven nature of the story. I thought some of the themes were a little mature but overall love what P. C. Cast is trying to express. Therefore, I am rating this book 4 out of five stars! Let's Chat!Would you rather be magically linked with a dog, lynx or horse? Have you read this series what did you think? Let’s chat below! Happy watching and reading! 

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The Cliche book tag

So today I bring you my answers for the cliche book tag. I was tagged like a lifetime ago by the amazing Catherine from This is one for the books. If you have not checked out her blog already please do, it is great! Unfortunately I do not know who the original creator of this tag is. So if you know, please let me know!

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

A Book That Wasn’t Or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Now hear me out I absolutely love this world and really did enjoy the book. I have only read the first book in the series and it did have more detail than the show. However I still think I enjoyed the show that little bit more, its just magical!

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.

A Rags To Riches Or Riches To Rags Story.

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If you know me you would be expecting at least one MAAS answer in a tag post! And here it is because I am Maas trash and love it! Feyre’s story in the ACOTAR series is riches to rags, rags to riches. And boy is the journey amazing to read! ❤

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree.

A Parent Child Relationship That You Love

I am currently reading Moon Chosen by P C Cast and I am only about 80 pages in but I love the relationship Mari and Leda have. They seem to care so deeply for each other! I hope this doesn’t change but I have a feeling something tragic is coming! Fingers crossed I am wrong!

You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.

A Great Book That Needs A Better Cover.

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The Tomorrow when the war began series by John Marsden. I really enjoyed this series and think its very powerful and thought provoking! However, I think my covers are pretty boring even if they match the theme of the book! :/

You Can’t Please Everyone.

A Book You Hate dislike That Everyone Loves.

So I changed this one as hate is a very strong word and I couldn’t think of a book I hate that is well loved. However I will admit that I still have not read the second book in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare even though I have read the first book and didn’t hate it. This latest series in the Shadowhunter world just hasn’t pulled me in like the previous ones! Don’t hate me!

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.

What’s A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It.

I can’t really choose one book for this. I think just reading in general makes me a better person. I learn something new with each book and each story leaves its mark on me! 🙂

Love Is Blind.

A Book With A Disabled Character Or Actual Blind Love.

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Me Before you by JoJo Moyes. Will is confined to a wheelchair and this love story breaks my heart every time! I am yet to read the later books in the series!

Ignorance Is Bliss.

A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It.

Ok I am going to have to go the Twilight Saga for this one. when I first read it I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread! It is the series that actually started my love for books and reading. Therefore this series will always hold a special place in my heart. Do I understand now that its not the best written thing out there? Yes! But I am not giving it up so fight me! haha.

There Is No Time Like The Present.

What Is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

Currently? I would have to say When it’s real by Erin Watt. It was just so cute and a quick easy read with all the feels! ❤

Better Safe Than Sorry.

A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad

The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I own the first book but have been putting off reading it. The series is so hyped and so loved by so many! I have heard nothing but good things. I am sure I will love it! But what if I Don’t?


Well that was fun although I will Admit some of it took a lot of thought!

I Tag: Cat (The Eclectiophile) / Alexandra (reading by starlight) / Shailey (Shay’s Pages)

And anyone else who is interested! Be sure to tag me so I can see your answers!

Let's Chat!Have you done this tag before? Do you agree with any of my answers? Anything you would have done differently/ added? Let me know in the comments below! As always happy watching and reading. 

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Review: Sea Breeze Academy by Bryant A. Loney

thumbnail_Sea Breeze AcademyTitle: Sea Breeze Academy

Author: Bryant A. Loney

Genre: YA Contemporary/ mystery

Publisher: Verona Booksellers

Publication date: June 2018

Rating: 2/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

A group of boarding school teens in season five of a Cali-based sitcom begin to realize they are in a TV show.

A missing student, or maybe several.
Embedded marketing, sushi, token friends, and cacti.
The sound of the Pacific waves in the background.
Smothering darkness. The threat of Alaska.
Another perfect, perfect day.
Happiness lives here.

Brooklyn, Matthew, and the gang are ready to rock their last few weeks of junior year at their elite boarding school on the California coast. But something is amiss. In the fifth and potentially last season of this award-winning television series, the struggle between truth and network censorship just might destroy their bond once and for all. Can they survive another season of love, mystery, and adolescent angst on the sunny West Coast? Will life ever be normal again?

Experimental and subversive, Sea Breeze Academy is a smart love letter to the Nickelodeon and Disney Channel sitcoms you grew up with. Are you ready?

Thank you to Verona book sellers for providing me with an e-copy of this book along with promotional pictures in exchange for my honest review. Review2

I do not even know where to start with this review. I apologize in advance if this review does not flow or is confusing. But my brain is just a little confused by this book right now.

So, this book was pitched to me and is depicted in the synopsis has a love letter and or spoof of the teen TV shows we all know and probably loved at some point growing up. This and the stunning cover were enough to pique my interest! The first couple of chapters seemed to be exactly what I was expecting and reminded me of a mix of shows like Hanna Montanan and The OC. The book being written in mostly script format also helped set this feeling and scene up. E.g. I felt like I was reading the TV show instead of watching it. Even though the script format took a little getting used to, it also made it possible to read this book very quickly! Which was a great change for a usually slow reader like me. There was drama, romance, elite California school, fashion…all that juicy teen stuff. I was beginning to think this was going to be a light, cheesy read, making fun of the TV shows I grew up with.

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Boy was I wrong! After the first few chapters things took a really weird turn! At first, I thought it was just the “something is amiss” part of the synopsis starting to play out. And I guess in a way it was? However, it was done in such a way that for the majority of the book I was sat thinking to myself what is going on??!! So, instead of really enjoying the story I was stuck wondering what the premises of the story actually was. Was I not just reading a TV Show occurring? Was it more a Spoof of reality shows like The Hills and trying to hint they are scripted? Or was it supposed to be some hidden camera thing like Big Brother? Or were the characters of the TV show becoming self-aware? I really could not work it out and I am still not 100% sure! This made me struggle to get through most of the story and I was frustrated that I couldn’t work out what was going on.

Things also seemed to take on a much more serious note in the second half and end of the book. With loads of life lessons and messages being woven into the story. About the pressure of trying to be perfect and losing oneself in the attempt of trying to please everyone. Depression, anxiety and eating disorders are all mentioned. Media propagation, political correctness and in your face advertising are all part of the story as well. And While I know and understand that these lessons and topics etc are important and should be represent in YA fiction. I just thought it was too much all at once. And with the confusing nature of the trajectory of the plot line I just don’t think it had the desired effect.

The ending of the book was one of the most confusing aspects for me. I just feel like there was no real resolution. I have no clue what happened to one of the MC’s and what was going to happen to the others. Half of the character interactions just made no sense to me! I just was left feeling like “what? That is what all the strangeness was building to? I don’t get it!!”

In conclusion although I was hoping to really like this book in the end it just left me a confused mess. I love the cover and the uniqueness of the script format. I even really enjoyed the first few “chapters’. However, I thought majority of the story was simply confusing. Too many life lessons/ concepts were trying to be displayed and it all seemed to amount to nothing. Or at least I myself did not really feel that wow it all makes sense now moment. Therefore, I have given this book 2/5 stars. Let's Chat!Have you read this book? Have you ever read a book in script format and did you enjoy it? What was your favourite teen TV show? Chat with me in the comments below! As always happy watching and reading! 

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Review: The Crowns of Croswald by D. E. Night

34775591Title: Crowns of Croswald

Author: D. E. Night

Genre: MG/YA fantasy

Publisher: Stories Untold

Publication date: July 2017

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.Review2

I was provided with a copy of The Crowns of Croswald from the publisher (Stories Untold) and authour D. E. Night in exchange for my honest review.

This book comes across as middle grade to very early YA literature. I do not normally delve into middle-grade books and I think this sometimes made it harder for me to read/ get into especially to start with. However, the premises of this story and the very Harry Potter-ish vibes that I got from the get go was enough to intrigue me.

First off, I want to take a moment to talk about this book visually. I am in love with the cover of this book. Now as some as you regular lovelies may know I have an obsession with the Fae and fairy’s, so I could be biased! But just look at it, so cute and pretty and magical! The inside of the book also has cute chapter header art that looks like little hand sketch drawings. The book also included some mix media presentation in the form of some letters etc. I think all of this really makes the reading process just a little more special and interesting.

The story has a very magical feel from the get go with a whole new world and magic system being presented. With this comes many new names of places and objects and many definitions of these things. As well as many things being given similar names. At the start of the book as in the first five or so chapters this feels kind of like a big info dump and it at times was quite confusing even to me an adult trying to read this middle grade book. However, I think the author may have been aware of this issue as even the MC comments on the overwhelming nature of all she (and in turn the reader) is learning.

“You all really should start coming up with new names for things”, She told the Selector. “It’s all very confusing.” 

Having said this though once I did start to remember the names and meanings of certain new magical things I was able to get into the story a little better and even fell in love with some of the things D E Night has invented. My favourite would have to be the Hairies, tiny little fairies with glowing hair that they use as lights! How cute and magical is that! I want one!! In green and silver please!

I also found that the time flow of the story felt very jumpy at times and some of the interactions between characters did not always seem natural. However, this was minor and did not stop me from enjoying the magical journey as despite my little issues that aspect was still strongly there. This book was a mysterious, magical, fast paced adventure. And those feelings and that Harry Potter like nostalgia had me wanting to go along this journey with Ivy and find out what happens despite any issues I may have had. The ending was also very dramatic and enlightening but left many leading plot lines. Which leave me intrigued to know what happens next!

In conclusion, as I do not read middle grade often I do not have much to compare to what they are like. And I did have a few issues with the writing such as info dumping and character interactions. However, this may be a common occurrence in MG books, I am not sure. So, for me personally, these issues were a little off putting from the story. However, I overall enjoyed the book and the magical adventure vibes. I loved learning about the magic system and creatures and would continue on with the series when future books are released. Therefore, this book was a 3.5 star read for me!   Let's Chat!Have you read this book? If so what did you think? Do you read much middle grade or early young adult fiction? As always happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

23848145Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: September 2015

Rating: 5/5

Warning the synopsis contains mild spoilers if you have not read the previous books in this series! Read at your own risk! 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.Review2

Just a warning in advance that this review is very fangirling I couldn’t control it, I just had to spew my feelings all over the place haha!!

So this is My 5th review for my reread of this series in preparation for the final instalment: Kingdom of Ash. If you missed my previous reviews I also reviewed Assassins Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire.

I absolutely love this book. Every time I read it I enjoy it. If Heir of Fire was the book of character development then this book is where that development continues, but also so many more plans, consequences and actions arise from the development that has occurred.

I feel the action and scheming really ramps up in the series in this book and I am LIVING for it! Practically right from the get go every character has their own agendas and plans, and it leaves the reader enthralled. Wondering who may come out on top the “evil” character or the “good” ones. Not only that but where are these morally grey characters going to fall? What roll will they play? Who’s side are they on? There are so many twists, turns and unexpected moments in this book and even though I expect them and know they are coming now, they still leave me with so much adrenaline and emotions!

Although I hate that a certain Fae prince is absent in the first part of this book and I feel that emptiness as much as a certain Queen. I love that our MC has some time to Scheme on her own and show her strengths as a solo person. I love reading about the first mission occurring and everything our MC manages to do! The reunion between the two cousins is everything! I mean how cute, how much love amazing!

But speaking of reunions, the one between said Fae prince and Queen is absolutely everything! EVERYTHING I TELL YOU!!! If that scene doesn’t give you all the feels, what are you some stone heart monster? But seriously tears in my eyes so good! I love watching this particular relationship develop even more and the effect it has on their individual character growth.

And how could I talk about this book without mentioning my main girl the amazing Manon Blackbeak!!! I love how much more page time her and her 13 have in this book. I love her character development it makes me love her even more! And we find out so much more about her past and other members of the coven’s pasts! I also enjoy that her chapters give us a look into the workings of the “enemy”. This woman and the 13 deserve their own spin off series they are that bad ass and entertaining!

The ending of this book is so dramatic and so emotional even though our emotions have already been dragged through so much throughout the entirety of the book. I mean now that I have read Assassins Blade all of those Sam scenes hit my straight to the heart and opened up wounds that have not yet healed!  I really do think this book has one of the best endings of the series! Almost as good as the Crown of Midnight ending! And I live for the emotions and DRAMA!!

In conclusion this book really amps up the action for the books to come. The characters growth and development is fantastic and really pushes the story forward. I really did not feel like there were any boring parts in this story and so many things happen and change that it really sets up some nice new trajectory for the rest of the series. Therefore, this book was another 5/5 read for me!

Let's Chat!Have you read this book? Are you rereading any of the books before the release of koA? Would you choose to be fae, witch, magic user or human? As always happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

20617636Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: September 2014

Rating: 5/5

Warning the synopsis contains spoilers if you have not read the previous books in this series! Read at your own risk! 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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Continuing on with my reread in preparation for Kingdom of Ash was one of my favourites from this series, Heir of Fire. If you missed them I also reviewed Assassins Blade, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.

If I was going to give the most basic review of this book without my usual rambling I would simply say: Amazing new characters are introduced! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!! Character development everywhere!!

But what fun would one of my reviews be without my rambling, fangirling nonsense? Not very fun at all! So, buckle up kids and grab a snack why we both try to sort through all my feelings about this brilliant book!

This book is one of my favourites of the entire series so far. One of the biggest contributing factors to this is the new characters that are introduced! Firstly Manon Blackbeak and we might as well throw in the whole 13! I absolutely loved Manon from the first moment she was introduced to me and upon rereading my love for her has only grown! She is beautiful and fierce and skilled. But she also isn’t perfect and has a lot of growing and developing to do. I believe little bits of this growth starts to occur in this book. The second character introduced in this book that I love is Rowan. Hot, skilled, tattooed fae male! Must I say anymore? Can he be an Ass? Yes! Does he also grow a shit tone throughout the story? Also yes! Honourable mention goes to Aedion as I don’t mind him in this book but I know he grows on me a hell of a lot in the next book!

I think this book takes the series in a new and exciting direction. We gain so much information about the world, certain characters pasts, the king and his plans. Is it a lot of information to take in? Yes, but I believe it is done in such a way, evenly throughout the book, that it only made me enjoy the reading experience more while getting excited about where the story could go from here.

I can’t really touch on the character development side of things more than I already have without spoilers. However, I will say almost every main character goes through events that allows us to learn more about them and for them to learn more about themselves. There are also many interactions between the main characters that play a part in the way they grow or go backwards. And we see how their personalities and wants etc change over time. I love this and especially like the journey Celaena goes through. Her development is by far my favourite of the book.

Lastly the other reason I adore this book is for the spectrum of feelings it forces me to go through and feel. Every time I read it. This book is all the feelings! ALL OF THEM! From heart ache to joy, despair, anger, love, triumph, surprises, shocks and everything in between! Basically, be prepared for an emotional roller coaster! Who am I kidding? You can not be prepared. Just feel it all, it’s easier that way! Haha!

In conclusion I love pretty much everything about this book! The characters, the plot, the feelings it’s all great. I really don’t think I can fault it. Other than for me personally Chaol’s chapters are a little boring. So, since I am pretty much grasping at straws for things I don’t like and overwhelmed by the things I loved this book is a 5/5 read for me! Let's Chat!What did you think of this book? Who is your favourite character in it? What is your favourite Maas book? Let’s chat in the comments below! As always, happy watching and reading!

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

13519397Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: August 2012

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? Review2

This read was a reread in preparation for the upcoming release of Kingdom of Ash. This was the first time I have reread this book although I have reread later books in the series multiple times. The first time I read this book I had not read The Assassins Blade yet. However as you will know if you have seen my review. This time around I have the background knowledge that those novellas provide. And let me tell you it is a whole different experience with that knowledge.

I was able to understand subtleties in the plot a lot better and certain references and or wording hit me right in the feels! I was able to understand Celaena’s thoughts, actions and emotions a lot better now knowing her background. It made it a lot easier for me to feel all of her ups and downs along with her. All of which made the overall reading experience that much better.

Just like the first time around I think the concept of this book and the plot line is great and one big adventure. Although I much prefer the action scenes, the contest, and fighting etc. I think showing Celaena developing friendships and enjoying clothes, and sweets and gifts make her a more in depth believable character. I also am a sucker for romance as I have said many a time before. So that part of the plot for me just added to the story.

Celaena, Nox and Dorian are my favourite characters in this first novel. And any interaction between these characters were some of my favourite to read about. I think the world building of this story is done quite well. It doesn’t feel like a complete info dump, but more like you are finding things out with celaena and as you need to.  Having said this though there are many characters in this book and many names and I still sometimes need to stop and think a bit harder about who’s related to who and what their role in the story is etc. Given that I generally read for escape and fun this is slightly annoying but not enough so to put me off the story.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this reread. This is one of my favourite series and I really enjoy the world and the story. Some of the characters I absolutely adore, and it just has me wanting to rush into rereading the next books to spend more time with them. The only reason that this is not a 5 star read for me is because I know it is not my favourite of the series as well as the whole many names issue. Therefor a solid 4/5 and would recommend if you have not given this series a go yet. Let's Chat!

Have you read this series yet? Who are your favourite characters in the first book? Did you read this one before or after Assassins blade? Let me know in the comments below! As always happy watching and reading! 

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The Netflix Book Tag

Hello again beautiful people! What have we all been up to? What are you reading watching? Today I bring you another tag. This one however speaks to my soul!! As next to reading my favourite hobby is watching TV/Movies hence the blog. So this is the Netflix book tag. I am not sure of the original creator but I was tagged by Lexie at Reading in the wings. So let’s grab some popcorn and some cozy blankets and get started! divider 1

Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading.

Well it’s only a novella not a full book but A court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. You can see my review here if you’re interested. 🙂

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Top Picks: A book that has been recommended to you based on books you have previously read.

Being a big fantasy reader and YA reader many of the books I read are recommended in the way they are grouped together at the book store. Or because I follow a lot of readers who also read fantasy if I see them talking about a book and they have liked books I have loved then I usually will give it a go. So I can’t really pick just one!


Recently Added: The last book you bought.

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2 I have read:
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Nevernight By Jay Kristoff

2 I am yet to read:

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. (I do mean to read this I know it’s going to be great I just am not ready to let go of those characters yet).
  • Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I own this, it just took me so long to get through Lady Midnight. I am just not sure if I want to continue.

 

Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.

This tag is quickly revealing how much I am Sarah J Maas trash. But if Rhysand isn’t the biggest drama queen you have ever met than you must be yet to meet him! That boy’s love for dramatic entrances/ reveals alone is enough to give him the crown! hahaha.

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Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover.

I don’t really own any books with what I would call cartoons on the cover. But I guess the Harry Potter books I own kind of do? They are illustrated at least. Does that count?


Watch it Again: A book or series that you want to re-read.

I have said it before and I will say it again. I am a huge re-reader I love to reread my favourites all the time! And Love to re-read just before a new instalment in a series comes out. I have had the urge recently to reread the Throne of glass series by Sarah J Maas. However I want to wait till closer to the release of the final book even though I am yet to read Assassin’s Blade or Tower of Dawn. 

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Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone.

I am not going to lie I very rarely read non-fiction books. I mostly read to escape or relax so non-fiction isn’t really my thing. I will say I did really enjoy Lauren Graham’s book: From Gilmore girls to Gilmore girls talking as fast as I can.


Action Adventure: An action packed book.

Despite most fantasy books being packed full of some kind of action. The first book that came to mind for this is definitely Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The fights, the scheming, the plotting, the violence. Just everything about the dregs LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

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New Releases: A book that just came out, or will be coming out soon, that you can’t wait to read.

My mind is almost completely blank right now on new releases that are coming out! I know of some later this year into early next year that I am very excited for. But have been so busy lately I haven’t really kept track of ones coming out soon! I will say I am excited for One small thing by Erin Watt. It comes out June 18th. As although I read mostly fantasy I absolutely loved When its real and read it in almost one siting! And this sounds like another All the feels young love story. ❤divider 1

I Tag: Book Beach Bunny / Howling Libraries / Shelfish For Books / Windowsill Books

If you have already done this tag or don’t do tags then as always please feel free to ignore! Otherwise I would love to see your answers! As always if you’re not tagged feel free to do this tag and let me know your answers! 🙂

*note all book covers/ characters are property of the authors and or publishers by whom they were created.

Let's Chat!

Do you also love Netflix? Any recommendations? What have you binged lately? Do you agree with my answers? Let me know in the comments below! Happy watching and reading! 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight: Spoiler free review.

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Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR 3.1)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: May 2018

Genre: NA Fantasy, Novella

Rating: 4.5/5

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I will firstly begin by saying that majority of this review is completely spoiler free and I will label anything I think could be even remotely a spoiler. I was in a massive slump for the entire first half of this month. This slump I think was mainly because ACOFAS was released and all I wanted to do was read it! But unfortunately I was unable to purchase it until recently. Well let me say reading it has gotten me out of the slump and more so! Although I do have quite a book hangover and cannot get these character out of my head!

While waiting to be able to buy this novella and trying to avoid spoilers like the plague I still noticed so many negative review/ rants opinions about this book. Which had me so worried thinking I myself wouldn’t like the story. It seems to be that not many people have liked it.  I have heard people accuse that it is a money grabbing scheme that could have just been included as special edition content. This may have been possible yes but I love it for what it is. And I also want to mention that not everyone has the chance to get those special editions with bonus content! A lot of the time they are very hard to get! So this way everyone has a chance to read and learn more about the characters.  Also why are people surprised it’s so short?? It’s a novella! I myself never once saw it advertised as anything else! What so Sarah is capable of writing huge books she’s not allowed to write a novella or a shorter story? As always everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I am not saying they are wrong I have simply addressed some statements I have heard and my own thoughts on these. Anyways now I am done addressing these and let’s be honest there I got a bit salty. Let’s move the review tone back up to my normal rambley happy self and talk about the novella and my thoughts/ experience with it.

This novella centres around the inner circle but mainly still Feyre and Rhysand. It covers Feyre’s first winter solstice with the inner circle and as high lady of the night court. It gives us even more of a glimpse into the traditions and dynamics of the inner circle which I loved! I literally teared up and or laughed out loud in some parts. I loved getting to see some of the inner circle member’s personalities be developed more and just seeing where all the characters are at after the war. I will just say some are definitely doing better than others.

I loved that Feysands story was fully tied together in this novella more so then at the end of ACOWAR. I think they truly have their happy ending now and a possibility at maintaining it! Which just makes my heart happy. As for the other members of the inner circle there was enough new information introduced and enough things left open ended that I am excited to see what it all means and how it all takes off/ comes together in the next novels.

The sneak peek of the next book in the series with the new MC’s was absolutely crazy! I can not wait a whole year or however long it is going to be to see how this story will play out and how these characters will grow and develop even more.

*possible spoiler in next paragraph although not really*

I will say that I don’t necessarily agree how Feyre is deciding to deal with a certain character in these sneak peek chapters. Considering herself and others may have stepped in before it got this bad. However this character didn’t seem to want anyone’s help so possibly had to go the way it did. Anyways I am rambling. My point is I am excited after those sneak peeks to see how things go. I think it’s going to be a hot mess but in a I really want to read about it way!

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In conclusion I loved it for exactly what it was. A story tying up some lose ends creating a happy ending for some but bridging us to the next novels in this world. It was cute, emotional and allowed for more development of the inner circle. The only reason this is not a five star read for me, is because I may not agree with all the actions of all the characters. And secondly I just want more and hate that I have to wait so long to read more about the precious inner circle. Therefore it’s a solid 4.5/5 from me!Let's Chat!Have you read ACOFAS yet? What were your thoughts? Who is your favourite inner circle member? Let me know in the comments below! Happy reading and watching! 

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