A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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THIS BOOK WAS GLORIOUS AND WONDERFUL AND PERFECT AND YOU NEED TO READ IT RIGHT THIS INSTANT! 

No joke.

I absolutely loved that this book was a Hades/Persephone retelling! I thought it couldn’t be more perfect and fit with her story so wonderfully. I won’t post any spoilers so no worries, but this was one of the best sequels I’ve read. It was everything I was hoping for and more. Feyre kicked some @ss and really became a force to be reckoned with. We saw a great unexpected (though I totally expected it) side of Rhysand and met some wonderful new characters that will steal your heart. ❤

First things first, please don’t let your ships ruin a book/series for you. I have seen way too many negative things surrounding Throne of Glass and now this series and it honestly makes me so sad. This series is one my all time favorites now and it deserves so much love just for being what it is. It’s not about a perfect fairytale. Feyre is broken in this book and needs help. Tamlin is broken. Rhysand is broken. Everyone went through suffering Under the Mountain at the hands of Amarantha in ACOTAR and didn’t come out unscathed.

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Which leads us to Feyre. She has some of the best character development that I have seen. She was so lost and broken suffering from PTSD from being Under the Mountain that it was heartbreaking. She was wasting away and being tormented by the events from ACOTAR. I felt so badly for her because she just needed someone to comfort her, to make her see that she will be okay, that she wasn’t alone. She learns to deal with her demons and becomes one of the strongest characters I’ve read. She is seriously now my favorite character of all time. Her powers, her strength, her loyalty and willingness to sacrifice herself for those she cares about.

❝I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed❞

Now, let’s talk about my precious baby Rhysand. I am so excited we saw way more of him than I expected. I couldn’t wait to see the Night Court and everything Rhys had to offer and let you tell you…I wasn’t disappointed. The Night Court is beautiful and I definitely wouldn’t mind belonging to their court. I don’t want to say too much about him because of spoilers but I loved him ever since ACOTAR. I was so intrigued by him and what he had to offer. I know many people didn’t like him because of everything he did to Feyre in book one, but he had his reasons. Rhys was the only one who was really fighting to help Feyre and believed in her. He stands by her side and roots for her. He shows her that she isn’t anyone’s pet or trophy and she alone makes her own decisions. He helps her. He challenges her when she needs it most. For that alone, he will always own my heart.

❝I love it when you look at me like that.❞
❝Like what?❞
❝Like my power isn’t something to run from. Like you see me.❞

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Plus, Feyre does the same for him. She helps him see that he is not a monster and deserves happiness just as much as everyone else. Their connection and bond is beautiful! If you weren’t already shipping them, this book will most likely change your mind. It definitely pushed me into the deep end of obsession. I admit I shipped them in book one and I haven’t looked back! No shame. They are my OTP ❤

Plus, I dare you not to swoon every time he calls Fey, “Feyre darling” 😀

ACOMAF brings many new faces that I have such a soft spot for. Mor, Amren, Cassian, and Azriel are some of the greatest new friends and family that welcome Feyre into their Inner Circle when she really needs a family. They are all unique and wonderful. Cassian is strong, Mor is fierce. Az is mysterious, Amren is intimidatingly strong. All are warriors and love each other so fiercely.

Tamlin and Lucien, on the other hand, really upset me and that will be all I say.

I really enjoyed how Sarah is weaving her story together. She brings some history into her novels that come to play in the present and it’s epic! It will be more to see more in the next coming novel!

This was fantastic and I am just going to swim around in my feels for a bit ❤

If you’ve read it, then let’s discuss! I’d love to hear what you though! 😀

Until next time,
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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING HAS BECOME UNEXPECTEDLY MY NEW FAVORITE NOVEL.

This novel had so many important aspects that I love and they all mixed together beautifully. There were important relationships in this book, friendships, family, romance, and it made this book so much more special. I really enjoyed that this book flowed so nicely and you didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea what this book was supposed to be about and I think I liked it more because of this. It felt real and genuine. Andie (our MC) had no idea what the summer would bring and as a result, the reader had no idea what the summer/book would bring either. It was also really great that

This book was filled so many great characters! Our main character Alexandra (goes by Andie) has three best friends that she is extremely close to. At first it was a little hard to keep track of who was who, but I quickly was able to pick up on everyone’s quirk and personalities— which are all so different and you can’t help love each and every one of them, especially the guys! I love love love the guys in this book. They were both so nerdy and wonderful! Clark is nervous and sometimes awkward and shy and I love him so much more for this! He is the definition of a precious cupcake and has now become one of my new favorite MM bookfriends! (Sorry Frank Porter).

Andie’s journey was so uplifting. She has spent her whole life planning absolutely everything, every single detail and her future was all mapped out. So when life throws her a curve ball she is left feeling lost for the first time. She lets go of plans and her summer quickly becomes one of the best she has ever had. She lets her walls down with Clark and she is the happiest she has ever been. She breaks Clark out of his slump and their whole connection is beautiful! I couldn’t stop smiling at every scene they had together because it’s just so cute! Especially when Andie’s dad take initiative to get to know Clark. Andie’s dad was just fantastic. He and Andie are so awkward and disconnected that it was nice to see them find their way back to each other.

Overall, this book was really entertaining and now has made MM one of my new favorite contemporary authors. Everything felt so genuine and the romance wasn’t forced or fast. It took its time. The added text messages and emoji use was hysterical!

You’re going to want to pick this book up immediately! ❤

Until next time,
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5 Reasons Why Falling Kingdoms is Great and why You Should Have Started it Yesterday

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I just finished marathoning the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes this past week and I am kicking myself that I didn’t read this series sooner. I had all four books sitting on my shelf since Christmas and never bothered to pick them up. Why? Because I am stupid.

So I finally decided it was time to pick up these books and dive in. I am so glad that all the hype over this series didn’t defer my enjoyment because I freaking love this series so much that I can’t see straight.

thisisthebestI don’t plan on reviewing each book individually so I thought I would just dedicate a post about why you should read this series (if you haven’t already) immediately and why you’ll probably fall in love as well.

5. Swoon-Worthy, Troubled, Handsome Prince ❤

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Prince Magnus Lukas Damora. Oh you will either hate him or fall hopelessly in love. I was the latter and I don’t regret a single thing. This poor cinnamon roll is so haunted and lost that it broke my heart the whole time. I am so excited to see where his journey takes him and even more with a certain princess ❤

I could have left this to be included with my later “reason” but I have such a soft spot for princes and is-he-good-is-he-bad characters that I thought it deserved it’s own point. 

Magnus seems to be like the villain in the story for much of the series, but you’ll see he just has some issues and is trying to find his way okay! HE HAS PROBLEMS HE IS TRYING TO WORK THROUGH! LEAVE HIM ALONE. XD

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I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!! He is everything. He is bae.

4. Action-Packed Scenes to give you anxiety

Not only is the plot of these series never boring because there is always something going on that will leave you on the edge of your seat, but there is so much action! Seriousy, Morgan Rhodes is not afraid to drop her characters like flies and I was constantly peeking through my fingers to read the page. The action sequences are written so beautifully that you can visualize them perfectly.

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3. A Whole New World

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The world building with this series is beautiful. The first few books are spread throughout three of the main kingdoms, Limeros, Auranos, and Paelsia that make up Mytica. Auranos is a warm, sunny climate, whereas Limeros is a frozen, cold ice kingdom and Paelsia is stuck in the middle being the less fortunate of the two. Each kingdom is special an d intriguing. Each are so different from each other it’s interesting that they are apart of the same country. You learn early on why these three are so different. but I’ll that to you to find out 😉

2. Do you believe in magic?

The magic! The legends! The goddesses and everything do with magic in this world is so interesting! I almost wish there would be a prequel series solely based on the legends and where they began. I am just so interested and intrigued with it all.

I won’t say too much so you just have to read them yourself to learn why it is so interesting, but you won’t be disappointed. But anything with a powerful sorceress, and Watchers/Guardians, and witches is bound to be amazing. But more than that, this series deal all with elementia, elemental magic and…
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1. Big Cast of Characters to make it difficult to pick a favorite

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Honestly, when I started Falling Kingdoms and the first pages I saw were the lists of characters and which kingdom they belonged I was so intimidated. I thought there was no way I would be able to keep all these people straight, but I found that it was really easy once you begin reading. With a huge cast of characters, it is very different to find a favorite because I loved them all so much. The series focuses on four main characters: Prince Magnus Damora, Princess Cleiona (Cleo) Bellos, Jonas Agallon, and Princess Damora.

Although, the side characters are also really important and just as interesting. King Gaius (Magnus and Lucia’s father), all of Jonas’s friends in the rebel cause, and so much more.

It’s so interesting to meet these characters and watch our main four develop and follow their POVs. I honestly can’t wait to learn more in the next two books and I am sure you will too.

Well, I hope I at least made you curious to read this series because it deserves all the hype it gets. I was blown away and couldn’t put the books down and I hope the same happens to you! Then we can fangirl together 😉

Plus! LOOK AT THOSE GORGEOUS COVERS!!! 😍😍😍😍😍

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Now go read!

Until next time,
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Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

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Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever…

Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world, and the lives of those who depend upon them the most…

Initial reaction:

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I went into this book a little skeptical because I kept hearing how amazing Slammed is but then the sequels are unnecessary and not very good. I am so glad that I disagree. This book was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. 30 pages in and I was already in tears. This book is a whirlwind of emotions and I couldn’t put it down. Yes, the plot isn’t the greatest because it seems to be a little dragged out but honestly I wouldn’t change a single thing. Colleen took her time showing you the immense love between these characters and I feel like they are apart of my life already because I love them so deeply. Every single one of them.

First of all, THANK YOU FOR WILL’S POV! It was everything I wanted and more! And second, I did not want this book because I knew that we were going to have some sort of conflict and I hated that because I just wanted my Will and Lake to be completely happy. But because it’s a sequel and CoHo, of course we were going to get some drama.

This book takes place a little while after Slammed ended and we see everyone adjusting to their new family dynamic and lives. Lake and Will have an even closer relationship with Eddie and Gavin and they are quite the family. Kel and Caulder are adorable and even made a new friend with the neighbor, eleven year old Kiersten. If you read this book and don’t say Kiersten was one of your favorite parts then you’re lying because this little girl is butterflying hilarious!

Layken: I felt so sorry for Lake. I really did. If I walked into my boyfriend’s house and saw what she saw, I would react the same way. I probably would be stubborn because I would hate to see the guy I love do the very thing he does that I love so much do to someone else. No matter how small it is, it will hurt. However, I think she went a little too long with not even letting him explain his side or talk things through. Then her tantrums over the stars from her mother were just ridiculous. Will was right, she would open every single one up and then she’d be upset that she didn’t have any left. So I understood where he was coming from. But regardless, I related to Lake. I understood her pain and her doubts.

Will: Oh good god, Will is officially bae. Top CoHo boyfriend because this man is perfect! They he loves Lake is so beautiful! I was smiling so much at everything he did to fight for her because he wasn’t letting her go. Also, the way he is with not only Caulder but with Kel? Ah so many feels!

Speaking of, how great is their relationship with the boys? Yes they aren’t exactly the most traditional parental figures, but they make do. Kel and Caulder respect them and listen to them even if they are still their siblings/best friends and that’s just so heartwarming, in my opinion. They have such a strong connection.

Honestly, I just love this book. It was light and sweet and had just the right amount of drama and sad that it didn’t bum me out. It was exactly what I needed.  It had more awesome slams (though not as many) and some great laughs, tears, and hearts-for-eyes smiling!

Plus, the little stars full of advice from Lake’s mom? OH GOD 😥

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Even if this book isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it was mine and Colleen has yet to let me down!

If you’ve read Slammed and enjoyed it, but are skeptical about reading this? I say just give it a chance. You may not like it, but you may love is as well. Just give it a chance to see how you feel XD

Until next time,
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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

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Published by: Delta
Released: August 7, 2001 (First published in 1992)
Genre:  Adult Historical Fiction – Time Travel
Series: Outlander #2
Format: Paperback
Pages: 743

For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart… in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising… and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

After the heart-wrenching, initial shock of the loss/absence of Jamie, I was able to finally get into it. This book starts off with a bang. It is set 20 years after the events of Outlander and I was completely confused. Probably because I was solely focused on where Jamie was and what happened to him, I didn’t care for much else until I knew what happened to him (sorry, I am a girl in love with this Scot ❤ ) I won’t get into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but this book is fantastic. I can definitely see why people didn’t enjoy this one as much as Outlander, but I actually did. I admit it was rather slow in many, many places, but that is just Gabaldon’s storytelling. What do you really expect with a 700+ novel? There are going to be a slow buildup, it’s expected. But I had a great time. It took me a while to get through this book and I hit a small reading slump in-between but I made it through! AND IT WAS AMAZING!

I instantly fell in love with some new characters that we got to meet, wee Fergus, Mary Hawkins, Alexander Randall. DiA brought some great additions to our cast and I enjoyed reading and getting to know them more. It was interesting to meet the Bonnie Prince Charlie and see how the Jacobite rebellion started. I admit, I get so confused where politics are involved, but if you just go with the flow everything comes together and makes sense in the end — at least it did for me.

I am not going to get into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anyone who is reading, or considering reading the series, but I can say that this is a good sequel story-wise. It’s action-packed with many twists and turns. I was still thrown off guard by many events even when I thought I had things figured out. The writing takes some getting used to but once you get into it, it gets easier to understand. If I can do it, you can do it trust me,

Blood of my blood, bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.

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❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Jamie and Claire’s relationship in this book just makes me swoon all over the place! Okay, that’s  because of Jamie, but they are so perfect together! They will literally die for each other and it’s so beautiful how strong their love is. I admit, I was crying like a baby when Jamie told Claire that if anything happens to him he wants her to go back to Frank maybe it was because of the heartbreaking beginning of this book or because of how selfless and protective of Claire Jamie is, but this broke my still healing heart. Plus the ending of this book? Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! What are you doing to me Diana? 😥 I need the next book ASAP that’s for sure.

5Star

SPOILERS— DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ DiA

lIKES:

  • Being in Paris and court life. Though I missed Scotland terribly and couldn’t wait to go back. I think I cried when we finally got back to Lallybroch and got to see Jenny and Ian and the kids again!
  • Ian! Ian and and Jamie’s friendship. These two are so adorable and I cried when Ian told Jamie he would stay behind to guard his “weak side” oh.my.god 😥
  • Fergus, this little pickpocket was adorable and I loved his loyalty to Jamie as well as his determination to prove himself trustworthy. I can’t wait to see him in season 2 of the show.
  • Murtagh and his loyalty for Jamie. When Jamie goes to him when he killed…..Murtagh doesn’t even ask questions he just asks Jamie what they are going to do. Love him! Also how distraught he was over letting Jamie down and letting those men in the alley harm Claire.
  • Murtagh’s oath of fealty to Jamie when he was born. Aww ❤
  • Jamie telling people that Claire was La Dame Blanche so that they would fear her and leave her alone. 🙂
  • Alexander Randall and Mary Hawkins and their link to Jack Randall. (totally called it and I am so proud of myself)
  • Prince Charlie and the rebellion. It was actually pretty interesting to see how it was getting started and where it would end.
  • Jamie’s upper hand he got over disgusting Black Jack!
  • Pregnant Claire and Jamie’s fussing over her ❤
  • Everything with Jamie ❤
  • The story of Geillis Duncan! and Roger Wakefield! Totally caught me off guard and I love it.

I could list more but this is getting long…

Dislikes

I don’t really have any complaints this time around. I thought it was a little longer than it could have been, but that’s just Gabaldon’s writing style and I am not holding it against the book in any way.


In case you missed it…OUTLANDER SEASON 2 TEASER

 


So there you have it! Overall, the book was great and I had fun reading it. It wasn’t until the middle where I got really absorbed with the story and it was a wild ride. It was fun and good to be back in Scotland. Now the wait until I get my hands on Voyager so I can find out what happened to my precious Jamie!

Until next time,
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