Heir of Fire | Review + Discussion

Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!

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? 

Story Arc/Plot

Ooh, the best one yet! We primarily follow the perspectives of Celaena, Chaol, and a brand new protagonist, Manon! Each perspective has its own little plot, but all these little plots tie together in the end in one epic explosion.

The story arc is really strong, and flowed from each challenge to the next, all worse than before and all directly related. Though the main plot of the story was wrapped up in the end, we get left with a cliffhanger that has me counting down until the release of Queen of Shadows!

There was a lot of mystery woven into the story, though it doesn’t really seem like a big deal until the end when everything clicks together. It was a really nice touch!

World Building

Though this is the third book in the series, we get a lot more world building since Celaena has traveled to Wendlyn. It’s vivid and flows right through the intrigue and action of the story. We learn a lot about the Fae, and all the information is distributed effortlessly, just like the style in the first book.

Characters 

MY FAVORITE PART! 

One new character is Manon. Manon is a witch, and a very disturbing one at that. She seems to be a very heartless, simply evil witch, but you soon learn that she’s a lot more complex than that.

Sorscha is a healer who always stays in the shadows. She begins a friendship with Dorian, and very soon, more than that. She aslso uses her ability to remain unnoticed to help Dorian and Chaol.

Rowan is possibly my favorite character in the entire book. He’s a Fae warrior, and seems like a huge jerk, but again, you learn he’s more complex.

All the characters are so distinct and not what they seem which only adds to an already fabulous story!

Overall, it was a great book, even better than the first two, which only leaves me wanting more!

SPOILER FULL DISCUSSION:

DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK. SERIOUSLY.

Let’s start with Manon, shall we. We start out totally creeped out by her, I mean she’s wiping a human’s blood off her face. I have a right to be disgusted by that, okay.

 
But then Abraxos starts humanizing her and she realizes she was born with a heart, and ugh, so sweet.

Okay, Team Rowan. I know, I know. Not really a contender. Yeah, well I don’t really care. I SHIP IT SO MUCH.

I was originally Team Chaol, but whenever his chapters cut into an epic Celaena chapter, I would get so frusturated with him. Which probably isn’t very fair, but whatever.

I wanted to shake Celaena so many times and say GET A GRIP OF YOURSELF. STOP MAKING EVERYONE WANT TO HATE YOU.

When Emrys was giving Rowan that pep talk, UGH THAT WAS SO GOOD! I was cheering him on so much.

I really, really, Sorshca. Which is why I wasn’t really surprised when her head what cut off of her body. I mean, of course. Of course. We have to keep that Dorian-Celaena -Chaol love triangle up, don’t we. 

The epic battle at the end had me chewing off my fingernails. It was so creepy when Celaena had to go through the memories. And so, so sad when you learned about how Lady Marion sacrificed herself.

Tell me about your favorite parts in the comments! Though, spoiler alerts, please!



Rook | ARC Review

Title: Rook

Author: Sharon Cameron

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Synopsis:

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?


Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Review:

SO FREAKING GOOD.

  

First off, it’s futuristic a re-imagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel. That alone should make you want to read it. I mean, HOW COOL IS THAT? That said, it doesn’t directly follow the plot line of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which means there are an insane amount of twists and turns!

SO MUCH SUSPENSE. I was biting my fingernails at every point! It was also really frustrating when the protagonist thought she was 5 steps ahead, when really others were.

 The character interactions were insanely funny! That alone was probably my favorite part of the book.

The story arc was really strong, and it flowed beautifully.

However, some situations made me a little confused, though it might have been the tired mindset I was reading it in. But other than that, it was great!

Fangirl | Review

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Comtemporary

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review:

 
IT WAS SO CUTE. 

This book is definetly a fun, feel-good, and hilarious read. Not to mention, INSANELY relatable.

This was the second time I read this book, and even though I really remembered nothing, I can still say IT WAS EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME.

INSANE character development! Cath changes so much and it’s so much fun to wacth!

This is one of those books that just inspires you to do something. In the case, it was writing. OH IT WAS SO GOOD.

All of the characters were so funny and quirky and I laughed out loud SO MANY times!

If you’re looking for a funny, feel-good book, Fangirl is PERFECT! 

Comment below if you want to Fangirl with me! (See what I did there?😏)

Second Chance Summer | Review

Title: Second Chance Summer

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:


Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love. 

Review:

I’m still crying after a week. So many emotions. So many.

Morgan Matson has a really clever sort of writing style. It’s not a descriptive, metaphorical type that you usually find in fantasy and etc. It’s more of the kind that makes you feel every emotion vividly, and it effects the way you think, which is perfect for contemporary. 

Character development = ON POINT. Another one of Morgan Matson’s talents is definetly character development. I don’t want to spoil anything, even minorly, but it’s a big part of the story.

I liked how there were so many serious moments balanced out with more light hearted moments. Also, female friendships are heavily highlighted in the book, which I LOVED.

I would definetly recommend any of Morgan Matson’s books for those who don’t usually read contemporary. 

The Ultimate Book Tag!

A big thank you to Shannon and Briana for tagging me! 

  

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yes…

*sigh*

If I could read in the car I would finish books much, much faster.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is, to me, so unique and poetic and absolutely addicting.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I haven’t read Twilight so…
But even then, Harry Potter because:

  1. Hagrid
  2. The Weasley Twins
  3. Magic

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

Yep! Basically homework, pencils, ballet shoes, notebooks, etc.

5. Do you smell your books?

What, why would you think that?
*sniffs book*

6. Books with or without little illustrations.

I can appreciate some illustration, but I prefer to use my own imagination.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

To be honest, I’ve never really experienced this. 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Actually, yes! When I was little (5 or 6), me and my family would always go to the Politics and Prose bookstore, and there was this one picture book, Eat Your Peas, that I wanted so desperately. Every time we went there, my mom said she would get it for me the next time. Then, one day we just didn’t go there again. I still don’t have that book.
Okay, that sounded funnier in my head

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

I have a lot of Indian comic books that are really thin.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The Bible.☺️

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I LOVE writing. I can see myself as an author, but I think I would work in publishing while writing.

12. When did you get into reading?

As soon as I learned to read!

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Pride and Prejudice or Little Women.❤️

14. In school what was your best subject? Language Arts/English?
I think my best subject is English. Or Literature. Basically just writing essays.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I would graciously accept, but mention I’d read the book before. People will usually offer a gift receipt and tell me to buy one I’d never read before. If they don’t, I’ll just remark on how I thought the book was unique or interesting and keep it.

16. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
When I get busy, I just don’t have time to blog, which isn’t necessarily a bad habit, but it does happen.

17. What is your favorite word?
Flapdoodle. It makes me so insanely happy that that is a word. Also dashing, especially when British people say it.

18. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
A nerd. A full on nerd.

19. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Okay, I absolutely despise vampires, but even then, totally fairies. If I could be a faerie or a human, I’d probably pick faerie.

20. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels because Angelfall. Susan Ee. DUH.

21. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves, spirits scare me. Then again, half men half wolf people scare me too.

22. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires, because zombies give me nightmares.

23. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love because I find it much more heart wrenching and much less overused than love triangles.

24. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Well, I enjoy both. It really depends on the mood I’m in, but usually I’m more for those action-packed scenes with a few love scenes mixed in.

Okay! I tag:

ALL OF YOU! 

Mwah!😘

Bookish Bingo: Ready for Spring! TBR

 The fabulous Great Imaginations is hosting another wonderful Bookish Bingo for Spring! Basically, you just try to read all the books you see on the chart above during the months of April, May, and June. To learn more and sign up, check out the original post here!

Murder Mystery

 
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I’ve  heard a lot of good things about this book, plus it’s a murder mystery, so I’m psyched to read this one!

Forgotten Friday’s Pick

Hmm…we’ll see about this one.

Aussie Author

 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Yep, Markus Zusak is Australian! I could only make it halfway through this book, but I want to try again on audiobook. Wish me luck! 

PLUS this also counts as historical fiction AND WWII!

Re-Read

 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Ah, the good ‘ol Harry Potter

Dark Contemporary

This one’s going to remain undecided for now!

Classic

I’ll just fit whatever I read for school in here!

Yellow Cover

It’s time to browse the library shelves for yellow!

April, May, June Release

I’ll be reading a lot that’s being release during these months, so I’ll just fit one of those in here!

Rain or Storm in Title

Yeah, I’m coming up short on this one.

High Fantasy

 

 

Heir of Fire  by Sarah J. Maas

Yes. Yes. YES!

Parental Relationships

 
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Dolleck

This book seems to feauture a particularly complicated parental relationship, so I think that’ll be interesting to read about.

Bullying

 

 

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

I haven’t read many books about bullying, but I do think this one sounds interesting, as its set in a competitive ballet academy.

Anthology or Collection

 

 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

GUYS.

*creepy giggle*

WWII

 

 

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

I could also use The Book Thief, but I’ll definetly be reading this book, since the first book is my all-time favorite historical fiction novel!

Horror 

  

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
I’m not sure if I would really classify this series as horror, so I am cheating a bit, though I do remember the first book making me feel very creeped out.

Thieves, Assasins, Pirates

 
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book has thieves, assasins, AND pirates!

I enjoyed the first book in this duology, so I’m really curious to see how the story will end.

Parallel Universes

 
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

The cover. Just. Perfection.

Green Cover

See the High Fantasy section!

#weneeddiversebooks

 
To All The Boys I’ve Loves Before by Jenny Han

Too many people have read this book and loved it, so I’m super excited to give it a try!

Illustrated Cover

Heir of Fire’s got this one covered!

Part of a Trilogy

See the Horror section!

Nonfiction or Memoir

 
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

This book sounds hilarious and I can’t wait to read it! 

Historical

I’ve already go two historical fiction books, so this section’s covered!

Plants on the Cover

 
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

This first book was okay, but I’ve heard that this one is much better, so I can’t wait to give it a try!
So that’s my TBR! I’m sure it’ll change here and there, but it feels good to have a plan. Thanks for stopping by, comment any thoughts and follow if you’d like to read some more bookish posts! 

The Stages of a Book Hangover

For book lovers everywhere, it’s inevitable. You get attached to the characters, the stories, the world. And then — the series ends. Just like that. And that’s when the book hangover begins.

Stage One: Denial

   
Alas, it begins. But you can’t quite accept it. You’re still mulling over the idea that you’ll never have another book with these characters again. No. You won’t accept it. You can’t. 

Stage Two: Shock

 
Holy Crap. It’s over. It’s done. Holy Crap.

Stage Three: Grief

 

 

We all know the feeling. Lying in bed surrounded by dozens of tissues. You’ll never be able to frolic with these characters in a brand new book ever again!

In fact, you’re so messed up you even just said frolic.  

Stage Four: Reading Slump

  

 

The very worst part. The reading slump. No book satisfies or holds your attention, no book is good enough. So you cast aside book after book, unable to read.

Stage Five: Netflix

 
Oh, the classic frenemy. 

Just one more episode of Gilmore girls…

Stage Six: Recovery

 
And just like that, after hours of Netflix, you pick up that one book, devour it, and you move on to the next one. You read book after book until the cycle starts again. 
 

Coffee Book Tag!

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

 

 I stumbled through this book because of all the fans, but just like black coffee, I really never got into.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

  

I’m choosing the popular choice for this one. For some reason, the Harry Potter books have a very festive feel.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?

  

This has been one of my favorites for so long! So sad, yet so good!

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

  

This trilogy is full of so much action, and I love that so much! The dual POV always ends in cliffhangers, making you want to read each chapter! Plus Day and June…❤️

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

 


Oh, Starbucks, how I love thee. ❤️

Red Queen has been receiving a bunch of hype right now, and personally, I think this book deserves it.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

 


😊👌 Great book. Set in India. You should read it!

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

 

 

*ducks rocks thrown at me*

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I loved The Fault in Our Stars, but Paper Towns didn’t do much for me. 😪

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

 

 

I don’t know how satisfying this was, but it was definetly bittersweet.

OH THE FEELS.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! 

Ambitious April TBR!

I’ve been sick, but since I love you all soooo much, I’m writing despite my misery.

Okay, slight dramatization there, but still.

New Releases

  

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

This book is going to be released on April 21, and I cannot contain my excitement! 

This novel is the sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog, which is a historical fiction novel revolving around Gretchen, who calls Adolf Hitler “Uncle Dolf.” She meets a Jewish reporter who starts to reveal some truths she didn’t see.

This novel was also one of my most anticipated releases, and also feels like a belated birthday present to me , since my birthday is only two days before.

 
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

I don’t know much about this book, but I’ve been hearing so much hype, plus Sabaa Tahir is going to have a book signing near where I live! 

Review Copies

 
Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich

Diversion books (the publication company) was kind enough to send me an eBook of this book. YAY!

Silent Echo is about a mute girl who can suddenly use her voice. I know it also incorporates Greek mythology, which I LOVE.

Library Books

   

The Elite by Kiera Cass

 

The One by Kiera Cass

As many of you probably know, The Heir is going to be released in May, so I want to read the rest of the series. Plus, Kiera Cass will have a book signing near where I live!

 

 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I started this book, but then I got sick and my brain requested to just be a vegetable, so I’ll finish it in April.

So, it’s about vampires. And I really, really don’t like that. I just plain don’t like stories about vampires. However, I’ve heard so much hype, so I decided to pick  it up. So far, I really enjoy her writing style, but I still hate the vampires part. They’re creepy, okay?

That’s it for my April TBR! Not too many books, but with my immune system, who knows when I’ll get better. 

With my birthday and this awesome selection of books, I know it’ll be a great month!

Comment below your thoughts, if you’ve read these, if you want to, or if you just want to say hi!

Becca💕 

All-Time Favorite Fantasy Books!

If you weren’t aware, fantasy is my favorite genre, so I thought I might share some of my favorite fantasy novels among the many I’ve read. 😊

  

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

And pretty much every other book Rick Riordan has written. The Greek mythology woven into these fast paced and HILAIRIOUS books is to die for! These novels might also be known as the stories of my childhood.

 
 The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Do I even need to explain? They’re full on high fantasy novels with beautiful characters, addicting writing and PERFECTNESS. 

 
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse was amazing, but The Winner’s Crime was SO FANTASTIC AND INCREDIBLE AND HEARTWRENCHING beyond belief! I can’t wait for the last book in this trilogy full of political intrigue, wonderful romance, and writing that’s like butter on a perfect pancake of a book. (The best comparisons always include food.)

See my review for The Winner’s Curse here, and the review + discussion for The Winner’s Crime here.

  

 

The Harry Potter Books by J. K.  Rowling 

Um. DUH. I actually need to reread this series, it’s been so long!
 

 

The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunter worlds is amazing and fantastical and PERFECT. I especially love The Infernal Devices, because historical fiction combined with shadowhunters is just my cup of tea. Or my cup of coffee, because I hate tea.

*Fears tea lovers*

 
 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Though I have yet to pick up the rest of this series, I LOVED this book. Laini Taylor’s writing is so very beautiful, and the wonderful sort of plot twist brought everything together so ver perfectly.

  
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The next two books in the series didn’t live up to this one, but Shadow and Bone still makes my all-time favorite fantasy! I love how it’s partly based on Russian folklore and woven together so perfectly. LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!

 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’m so eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in this trilogy! Why? Because this book was AMAZING!

If you want to know more, or if you want to seriously fangirl with me, check out my review + discussion here!

That’s it for my all-time favorite fantasy reads! Have you read any of these? Do you have any fantasy books you want me to review? Comment down below, it makes my day!❤️

Becca💕