Empire of Storms Review

Review

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Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Pages: 689

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

 

~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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     As the fifth installment of the Throne of Glass series, with two more books left, I wasn’t expecting too much out of this book because most series have a dip in the middle/last few books before the last one. I WAS WRONG to expect that. I should have known that with Sarah J Maas writing this series, I would not get a break in all the emotional trauma I have experienced at her hand.

One major thing I appreciated while reading Empire of Storms was getting to see so much more of the world that Maas created. I have been dying to read more about everywhere else in the world since the first book, and now I feel satisfied. And there are so many interesting aspects to the world, like the marshes they travel through that honestly sound like most backyards in Florida because every creature here is trying to kill you.

Something that I found strange, and that made me terrified of the last novel, is that everyone is paired with someone – everyone is either in or is falling in love. This has raised the stakes so high, and I know something has to go terribly wrong with some of there pairs in the last book. I really love all the couples, even the ones I didn’t expect, and I feel like Sarah J Maas paired them so well because they all strengthen each other. And I appreciated the lack of insta-love. All of the couples had gradually, throughout the series or beginning of this book, come together and used the relationship to build upon themselves.

The MVP of this novel definitely has to be Lorcan. I feel that out of all the characters, he did the most developing. At the beginning of this book, and in past books, I absolutely hated him – he was just such a self-centered, egotistic, whiny person who thought he was above love and friendship. Once he met Elide, however, the change in him slowly, but surely, appears and the lengths his he willing to go to for some people is actually heartbreaking.

I said in my Instagram vlog that one thing I adore in J.K. Rowling is her complexity in plot lines and her world-building, but Sarah J Maas’s worlds are now just as complex and rich. The ending of the story, when everything came out about literally every character, I was so stunned because that was the first time since Harry Potter that I had seen such intricate planning and behind-the-scenes development in a series. Characters long forgotten in previous books of the series had made an impact in the building of this mind-blowing plot twist. I was truly in awe of what this series has become.

Also on my Instagram story, I fangirled a lot about Aelin and Rowan so I wouldn’t include it in the review to keep it more professional… but you all know how much I love Rowan and Aelin – I have to talk about them. They really are perfect for each other in nearly every aspect possible. They are selfless and broken and ruthless and give each other such heart-warming (and heart-shattering) unconditional love. Rowan and Aelin are just such great partners that I could never imagine a world where they are not together.

Another thing I really appreciated was Aelin’s repeated threat of gutting people. I feel like that is her signature threat and it goes so well with her personality – she’s heartless, but she does it to protect everyone she loves.

I believe that is all I need to say about Empire of Storms. It was the first book I finished in 2018, and I am already in a book hangover. It is such a great adventure and it feels so real – starting the Throne of Glass series is something I will never regret. PLEASE read this series, I promise you it is amazing.

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

 

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YA Cliches That I Love

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Hello everyone!

I had planned for this post to be a post of the worst books I read in 2017, but there was only really one BAD book that I read, so you can read my rant of it here. So, instead of that, I decided to tell you all the typical things seen in YA novels that are my guilty pleasures ❤

Boarding School

How can you not adore the boarding school setting? It gives the author the ability to write about young adults, but without having to worry about writing parents that have no impact on the plot. It also adds some mystery of what this school is like, and what could possibly happen to these students.  Harry Potter is by far the best example of this, but there are so many other great ones!

The Powers the Character Never Knew He or She Had

This cliche can sometimes go terribly wrong, and I could list several examples, but I don’t want to rag on any books because as a writer, I know how much time and effort is put into writing a book. So, some good examples are: An Ember in the Ashes, Throne of Glass, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Shadow and Bone, and my short story on here called Out of the Cell ;). What I really like about this cliche is that it adds some intensity to the book, and it makes for a great plot twist.

The Stolen Girl

There are many people that don’t like this cliche because it shows a lack of feminism in a book, but if done right, I think it can show how strong a girl is. Some good examples of this are A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cruel Beauty. Both books have very strong female leads that are anything but damsels in distress. They in the end, fight for their men that are the damsels

The Comic Relief

Everyone loves a good comic relief. In Heroes of Olympus, Leo was such a great comic relief – I think that is why I grew to like him to much because I love funny people. I think he is the best example I have of the comic relief. It’s just a nice break in a heavy situation to be able to laugh it off.

Competitions

My favorite Harry Potter is the Goblet of Fire, so I bet you could have guessed this one. There’s just such great suspense that comes with a competition! This also means like Hunger Games and The Selection. This plot is also great for making plot twists and turning people against each other.

The Evil King

There always has to be an evil leader – in Divergent, Throne of Glass, ACOTAR, Red Queen, Cruel Beauty, Shadow and Bone, An Ember in the Ashes, Ash Princess. There’s something so inspiring and empowering about the defeat of someone you really grow to hate.

If you noticed, a lot of my favorite books fall into multiple categories. They’re also all really popular books, so that says something about cliche plot lines – we complain about them, but we’re all just suckers for them.

Let me know the cliches that you secretly always hope are in a book!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Disney Book Tag

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I found this book on The Giraffe Files when searching for book tags to do, so please see her post, too!

I love Disney, especially the princesses, so I had to do this tag! Feel free to do it, too, and let me know if you do so I can check it out! ❤

 

1) Little Mermaid : A character that is out of their element, a fish out of water

Laia in An Ember in the Ashes. She has no idea what she’s doing, and I feel like Elias does most things for her because of that, but I can’t blame her because I wouldn’t know what to do either. I love her though.

2) Cinderella: A character who goes through major development

Feyre. That girl DEVELOPED. She went from a provider to her family to the High Lady of the Night Court. Also, Katniss in the Hunger Games, obviously.

3) Snow White: A book with an eclectic group of characters

Definitely Percy Jackson. I love the mix of characters, even in Heroes of Olympus, because they’re all different with unique backgrounds and have so much personality.

4) Sleeping Beauty: A book that put you to sleep

All the Sarah Dessen books. Honestly, those books are like lullabies. They’re so heart-warming and cozy, but also pretty uneventful.

5) The Lion King: A character who has something traumatic happen in their childhood

Alina from Shadow and Bone. I feel like most characters have traumatic childhoods, but I liked the whole orphanage background and all that, and her life before the Grisha.

6) Beauty and the Beast: A book that was a beast. (a book that intimidated you but you ended up loving)

This is Empire of Storms currently. I know I’ll love it, but it’s just so long! It’s paperback and has 689 pages… that is a beast it I ever saw one.

7) Aladdin: A character who gets their wish granted for better or worse

I guess this is kind of Nemesis from The Diabolic. It’s not that she wished to be more human necessarily, but you just know from reading her that that is what she wants.

8) Mulan: A character who pretends to be something or someone they’re not

This is Thora in Ash Princess. This book doesn’t come out until April, but I love it, so I’m going to talk about it. Thora plays on two different sides of a war – one side is her country that she needs to bring back from the ashes *pun,* and the other is the country that destroyed her life, but also raised her.

9) Toy Story: A book with characters you want to come to life

HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER. HARRY POTTER.

10) Disney Descendants: Your favourite villain

I love the Darkling. He’s such a great villain, and I actually do love him – which is wrong, I know, but I love him. He’s hot, but he’s so angry and devious.

 

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Best Books of 2017

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Hello everyone!

Unfortunately, I didn’t read many 2017 releases, so this post will be a little different – these are my favorite books that I have read in 2017 , regardless of the date of release. I read some AMAZING books this year and I can’t wait to share them with you – although I’m most of you have read them as well. I’ll put these in order of when I read them because they’re all too great to compete against each other.

An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

This was my first read this year and the sequel was one of the last I read this year. Both were incredibly with such great world building and character development. I also loved the introduction of magic in a book where I wasn’t expecting any because it took me by surprise. I cannot wait for the release of the third book later this year.

A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This series owns my soul. No – Rhysand owns my soul. I am such trash for him. I have never loved a character so much. I may face serious medical issues by not reading A Court of Wings and Ruin soon. The world is so beautiful – I wish Pyrthian were a real place, except without so much death and war. I would love to explore there, and I hope we get to see more of the world.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I was not expecting to like this book at all, but I saw it on clearance at a book store and the cover was so gorgeous. I really don’t like seeing documents and such in books, and this was a book written through documents, but it was amazing! I didn’t understand how I could grow so attached to the characters without any real interaction and dialogue, but I did, and I even cried at the end

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

My goodness. With the way this book left off, I need The Rose and the Dagger. This book was one of the biggest rollercoaster rides of emotions – it was like the longest, most rough wooden rollercoaster you can imagine that could fall apart at any second.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This book knew every way to toy with my feelings. I adore Ignifex, though – he reminded me so much of Rhysand, which may be why. The ending was also an explosion of feelings and I didn’t know how to control myself. I also talk about this book way too much on social media.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

This was the last book I finished in 2017, and it was such a good way to end the year. There wasn’t much of a bang at the end like I was expecting, but the whole novel was great, and I cannot wait for the sequel because I know that bang is coming, and it is going to be huge.

 

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Most Anticipated Books of 2018

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a happy new year!

2018 may be the year of amazing book releases. I can’t even describe how happy it makes me to look at this list and know what a great reading year everyone is going to have. (Also, pretty much all of these have the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen.)

Let’s see what’s in store for 2018 ❤ :

ZenithZenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings    Jan 16

I love Sasha Alsberg (aka ABookUtopia) – she is my all-time favorite booktuber. I cannot wait to read the project her and Lindsay Cummings have been working on. Plus there’s space pirates and that sounds so unique and fun!

 

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh    Jan 23Reign of the fallen

Recently, I worked with Sarah Glenn Marsh to bring you guys a spotlight post on Reign of the Fallen that you can check out here. She was so sweet when doing the interview process and I loved talking with her! Also, I haven’t heard of many YA fantasy books with LGBT representation, so I am excited to read that!

 

markswomanMarkswoman by Rati Mehrotra     Jan 23

I haven’t heard many people talking about this upcoming release, but I am very excited for it! I read the synopsis on Goodreads (that I have forgotten, so I don’t know what it’s really about), and it sounded like such a great book.

 

 

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert    Jan 30Hazel Wood

So many people have received this ARC, and I have heard so many amazing things about it! Again, I don’t know much about this book, but it has to be great because I have not heard a single bad thing about it.

 

 

to kill a kingdomTo Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo     March 6

This book sounds AWESOME! The main character is a siren and there’s a Sea Queen and this cover is gorgeous. It kind of sounds like a Little Mermaid retelling with the siren being turned into a human by the Sea Queen.

 

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi     March 6COB&B_JKT_100517.indd

Everyone in the bookish community is raving about this book! I believe it’s about tribes and has a lot of folk lore and magic in it, and that sounds so interesting and unlike a lot of books I have read.

 

 

Isle of Blood and StoneIsle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier     April 10

I don’t read many books from the point of view of a guy, so I’m interested in this one. The only others I have read are like the Maze Runner and Percy Jackson. I also haven’t heard anything about this book, but it has a 4.5 rating on Goodreads.

 

 

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian     April 24 AshPrincess

I just finished reading this ARC for review and the review just went up on Tuesday so you can check that out here. It was a great read, and I gave it 4/5 stars.

 

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas     May 1

I believe this is a novella for the ACOTAR series, but I don’t know much about it otherwise. BUT it’s part of ACOTAR and by Sarah J. Maas, so it has to be good.

 

Reaper at the GatesA Reaper at the Gates by Sabba Tahir    May 22

I just finished and reviewed A Torch Against the Night and you can check that out here. I love this series so much, and I cannot wait to see how it continues.

 

 

Furyborn by Claire Legrand     May 22Furyborn

Prophecies, magic, evil empires, and war. This sounds a lot like Ash Princess, and I cannot wait to dive in. I know some ARCs went out recently, so I can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say.

 

 

These Rebel WavesThese Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch     August 7

This book comes from the author of Snow Like Ashes, which I still haven’t read, so I know it has to be great because everyone loves that series. Also, the cover is beautiful ❤

 

 

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson     August 7Dance of Thieves_FINAL 9.18

This author also wrote The Remnant Chronicles that I, again, have not read, but I know is beloved by a lot of readers. This book also takes place in the same universe as the Remnant Chronicles, so I know a lot of fans of the original series are crazy about this book.

 

 

Throne of Glass 7 (Untitled) by Sarah J. Maas    Sept 4

I have some catching up to do before I can get to this book – I am currently reading Empire of Storms, and then still need to read Tower of Dawn – but I am nonetheless greatly anticipating this book. I hope Chaol gets some more love because I love him, and he needs to be appreciated more, in my opinion.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

Ash Princess Review

Review

AshPrincessTitle: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: eBook – NetGalley

Release Date: April 24th, 2018

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

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     Overall, I really enjoyed reading Ash Princess. I debated between giving it a 3.5 or 4 star rating, but I decided, thinking of the journey that was reading this book, that I would give it 4 stars. I didn’t know what to expect from this book because I had never heard of it before I saw it on Netgalley, but whatever expectations I may have had were met and maybe even exceeded.

First of all, I really enjoyed the main character. Given her circumstances, she wasn’t whiny or constantly crying like some main characters. With that, she also remained incredibly relatable. Thora (Theo) is 17 years old – she has witnessed the killing of her mother, and then her father, first hand, and has been doomed to life with a ruthless leader known as the Kaiser. You can see her growth in every page, and it was really great to see because in most series, the development takes forever since there are so many books for characters to develop over. I also really liked her conflicted feelings over her two different sides of life – Kalovaxian and Astrean. Most characters side entirely with their home land, even when raised somewhere else. Thora understands the stakes of her situation, and her need to side with the Astreans, her country, but feels guilty when faced with the few Kalovaxians she has grown to love.

One thing I am really looking forward to in the sequels is the development of Thora’s love life! I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I will only say that she has a major choice to make in who she decides to love, as a wrong move could divide her from her country.

The plot of the story was super interesting, and is one of my favorite plot lines with the stolen-princess concept. It did seem a little drawn out in places – throughout the novel, there is so much tension built up that I was waiting for a big explosion that never came. I feel like a LOT is going to go down in the sequel with how this first book ended, and I know that the explosion I was looking for will be there. In the end, there was also a string of smaller plot twists, which kind of left the book as a cliff hanger because the stakes just rose that much higher.

I am super excited for the release of this book and to hear what everyone thinks of it! On Goodreads, it has a 4.1 overall rating, so I’m guessing I’m not the only one that loved it. Let me know dow below if you plan to read it, or if you’ve read any similar books so I can check them out. ❤

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

Christmas Book Haul

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Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas if you celebrate it! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope whatever holiday you celebrate was great as well. Christmas at my house was nice and relaxing with my parents, brother, cat, and dog. I also constantly feel like I’m bursting because my mom made pie and stuffind and we baked cookies ❤

This year, my parents got me a bunch of books that I have been dying to read, so I thought I would share them with you. They are all really popular, so I bet most of you have read them. Let me know down below what you thought of them!

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

gonegirl.jpgWhen the Gone Girl movie came out way back in 2014, I fell in love with it. Not so much with the actions in the story, but more with how Gillian Flynn weaved the whole tale together so seamlessly. It was so fun to be led on this wild chase to find the kidnapper of this man’s wife and watch all the things that lead up to the end and then see what we had been missing all this time because no one expected it to be that person. I cannot wait to get into this book, especially since it’ll be a little scary – at least the movie was – and I have been craving that in a book for some strange reason.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgensternnightcircus

I have heard way too many amazing things about this book, and I have seen people with like 15 editions of it because they loved it so much, but I always thought what’s so great about a circus? Then I saw a commercial for The Greatest Showman and thought that’s probably what this book is about – so then I was sold.

flamecaster.jpgFlamecaster by Cinda WIlliams Chima

I mentioned this book in one of my Instagram vlogs, and how I feel like it’s going to remind me of Throne of Glass – even if it’s just because of the cover – but I am so in love with that series that the slightest resemblance to it made me want it. Even if it’s not anything like Throne of Glass, I feel like I’ll still really enjoy it because it sounds amazing.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodesfallingkingdoms.jpg

I have neglected buying this book for so long – and every time I went in to buy it, they didn’t have the first book – that I think I really just needed someone to buy it for me. I love the plot and I’ve only heard great things about this series, but for some reason I always picked up other books instead.

empireofstorms.jpgEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I don’t think I realized how hugs this book was. It is actually massive. Since there are 7 books and they’re only getting more massive, I think it is becoming a new Harry Potter. I really hope this series turns into a movie series – can you imagine how amazing those movies would be? I know we’re getting a tv show, and that is amazing and I am so happy for Sarah J. Maas, but I need a movie.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdiehflameinthemist.jpg

I recently read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and I fell in love with it, so of course I needed this book, and I am so glad my parents got it for me. I’m not entirely sure what it is about because I read the synopsis a very long time ago, but I know that it has to be amazing because do you not see the ninja stars on the cover?

Fangirl by Rainbowfangirl.jpg Rowell

I really don’t read that much contemporary, but I adored Eleanor and Park, and I have also been craving some gushy romance and quirky cuteness, so this book was perfect. I also really want to read Carry On, and I really wanted to read this book first. I also wanted to have this book on hand during the school year so that when I am super stressed I can flip it open and read some cuteness.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Maragret Rogersonenchantmentofravens.jpg

This book is so new, I cannot believe my parents got it. I was told there are faeries in it and I LOVE FAERIES. Sarah J. Maas is the faerie queen, and she has opened the love for faeries in my heart, and I cannot wait to see how this author handles the world and her faeries.

Thank you for reading!

Taylor

 

A Torch Against the Night Review

Review

torchagainstthenightTitle: A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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     I read An Ember in the Ashes earlier this year, and I loved it. It became one of my all-time favorite books then, and I was not at all disappointed by the sequel. The third book is also coming out May 22, 2018, and it is going to be called “A Reaper at the Gates.” I am so excited to get my hands on the book because I know, without a doubt, I will not be disappointed. (If I am, feel free to reference this post.)

Elias, Laia, and Helene have all grown so incredibly much. They have faced death and loss, and they are all trying to figure out who they are and what they really stand for. I was tossed on being able to like Helene because she is just a little annoying, like there are other ways she could have gone about the situation and save both her family and Elias, but it added the suspense of her character, so I didn’t mind too much. Tahir’s character development skills are so strong, and her ability to make them so complex is greatly appreciated.

The ending is so intense. I was actually glued to this book – I took it everywhere even when I knew I wouldn’t read it. When I got to the last part of the book, titled Unmade, I had to take a break because it was just getting too intense. Some of you probably saw my Instagram story where I was freaking out after I finished it. I did a whole rant *with spoilers,* and some of it should be saved under “book feels” on my profile. Sabaa Tahir is the official master of plot twists. She managed about 500 plot twists the last 100 pages, and they were all done so well and were even created in the first book and came to the surface at the end. I wasn’t expecting literally anything that was thrown my way, but I am also pretty oblivious, so maybe it’s just me.

About the star-crossed lovers… I love it, because usually in these kinds of series there’s either insta-love, or they just end up together by the end of the first book. I also hate it because I just want them to be happy and I just can’t deal with their suffering. They have experienced so much pain, they just deserve it.

I also just love the setting and diversity of this series. It takes place in the deserts, and I believe, a place similar to the middle East as Sabaa Tahir is Pakistani, and it is seen in the descriptions of the people and the culture. It was nice to explore out of the typical fantastical lands and experience a different setting.

If you feel iffy about starting or continuing this series, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. I have only heard great things about this series. Please tell me down below if you’ve read this series and how you feel about it!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

My Favorite Quotes from Books

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Hello everyone!

When I’m reading, I love looking at the style of the author and their voice. That’s probably the writer in me looking for ways to improve myself, and the reason why I’m so slow. But when I’m doing this, I look quotes that I really, really like, or ones that are just so impactful, and I jot them down in my handy dandy polka dot notebook. Today, I am going to share with you some of my favorites that I have found and written down.

Throne of Glass

“There was a darkness in his eyes that felt cold and foreign, like the gaps between the stars.”

“You could rattle the stars… You could do anything, if you only dared.”

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” 

“I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.” 

The Fault in our Stars

“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the Sun will swallow the only Earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”

Harry Potter

“Do not pity the dead… pity the living, and above all, those who live without love.”

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

You’re just as sane as I am.”

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”

Divergent

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

“We are not the same. But we are, somehow, one.”

Eleanor and Park

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Hunger Games

“The Sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.”

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.” 

Cinder

“Even in the future, the story begins with once upon a time.”

“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.” 

Shadow and Bone

“You will find I have far more practice with eternity.”

“This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid bare in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.” 

Illuminae

“Nothing ceases to exist. Energy does not perish, it merely changes forms. The ones you love, the ones you lose, they still exist as long as the cosmos does.”

“When the light that kissed the back of her eyes was first birthed, her ancestors were not yet born. How many human lives have ended in the time it took that light to reach her?”

An Ember in the Ashes

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

“All the beauty of the stars means nothing when life here on earth is so ugly.” 

“So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.”

“You are a torch against the night – if you dare to let yourself burn.”

 

What are some of your favorite quotes from books? Let me know down below!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

 

Christmas Party Book Tag

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Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas!

snowflakes1I decided to make my own tag for this blogmas because I couldn’t really find anything else to do for this week. This tag is pretty much creating a Christmas party and the different stereotypes of Christmas parties. I invite everyone to do this tag, but I also have some people tagged down below that I want you to check out.

This will also be my last blogmas post before Christmas! It’s so close, I can’t believe it! Christmas really snuck up on me this year, but I’m still crazy excited. I have been listening to Christmas music nearly non-stop for the past couple weeks, and I cannot stop singing them in my head. What does everyone have planned for the holidays?

Without further ado, here is my Christmas Party Book Tag!

First, who’s invited to your party?snowflakes

Obviously, I have all the characters from Harry Potter. Then Chaol, because I feel like he’d be really fun when not worrying about Celaena and Dorian. I would also invite Percy Jackson, Annabeth, and Grover because they would be the life of the party, and the kids from Miss Peregrine’s so they can party. Finally, Will Herondale.

 

The Best Decorations in Town

looking glass warsA book that has a really great setting

I could easily choose Harry Potter or the ACOTAR series, but I think I’m going to go with The Looking Glass Wars because it takes place in a more modern Wonderland and it was so beautiful and different from other fictional lands.

 

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

A book that has a lot of music in it *bonus points if it’s Christmas music*Eleanor and Park

I think Eleanor and Park is the only book I have read that has music in it. I really liked how music was a major part of the book and told part of the story.

 

The Obsessive Host

the selectionThe character that freaks out over the little things

Hamlet because literally every small thing that is done makes him flip. But for real, I think America from the Selection and the main guy from Beautiful Creatures really looked into every little last detail. AND we cannot forget Bella from Twilight.

 

The Ugly Sweater Couple

That couple that’s annoyingly cutehushhushsaga

All the couples from Firebolt. All of them were annoying, and not really that cute. And this couple I think they is SUPER cute – Patch and Nora from Hush, Hush.

 

Who’s Eating All of Santa’s Cookies

2016-06-12 03.51.51 1.jpgA character known for how much he or she eats

Hands down, Ron Weasley. And Grover. Those are the main two characters that come to mind when I think of characters that could eat their weight in Christmas dinner.

 

Who is Kissing Under the Mistletoe

The book couple you really wish would just get together alreadytog

I’m going with Chaol and Celaena for this one.  was so bummed when their relationship fell apart, and I really just wanted them to be together, even though I adore her with Rowan. I’m so conflicted on this one.

 

~ I Tag ~

Jmonicap (booktube)

The Calico Books

Literary Me

Bookish Bits

 

snowflakes2Let me know if you do this tag because I would love to read your answers!

Thank you for reading and have a happy holiday!

Taylor