Great Book Outlet Deals Right Now!

Book Outlet Deals

Hello everyone!

I did a post like this a while ago, and I think it was helpful for some of you fellow compulsive book buyers out there so I’m doing it again! This is, again, not sponsored at all by BookOutlet, I just think they are a great site with great books and great prices. As usual, you also get free shipping from the site if you spend $35 or more. You can check out my last post like this because some of the deals from there are still mostly relevant, although some prices have changed a little.

Over $5

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


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Cress by Marissa Meyer



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Renegades by Marissa Meyer


$5.39 (list price $19.99)


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Scythe by Neal Shusterman


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Divergent Box Set by Veronica Roth

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Under $5

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima


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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy


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Caraval by Stephanie Garber


$4.79 (list price $18.99)


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Rule by Ellen Goodlett Spotlight


Hello everyone!

I have another spotlight post for yet another upcoming 2018 release! This book, Rule, by Ellen Goodlett won’t hit the shelves until September 11th, but nonetheless, I am highly anticipating this book. I was able to ask Ellen Goodlett some questions about this new fantastical adventure, and her answers have me even more excited!

Ellen’s Website:

Goodreads: Ellen Goodlett

Twitter: egoodlett

Facebook: egoodlettbooks

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Ellen’s Goodreads Bio:

Ellen Goodlett writes because otherwise she would spend her days plotting to take over the world. She figures that the former would benefit humanity ever so slightly more than the latter (which would be disastrous and involve a lot of cats in government positions). Her debut novel, RULE, about three girls competing for the throne in a fantasy world, will publish in fall 2018 with Little Brown.

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Here are the questions:


1. How would you summarize Rule?

RULE is the story of three girls who learn they’re the daughters of the king — but each girl hides a deadly secret, and someone is threatening to expose them…
2. What was your inspiration for writing Rule?
I worked with a book packager, Alloy, who developed the initial concept of the story (three girls vying for the crown, and the fact that they’re each being blackmailed). But what drew me to the idea was the chance to write three very different girls, each of whom is strong in her own way, and to tell a story about how new friendships are forged, and what can break those bonds.

3. What can your readers expect in this new book?

Lots of secrets, twists and turns – plus high fantasy and higher stakes.
4. Who was your favorite character to write and why? Was there a least favorite?
This question is so hard! Zofi was probably the voice that came to me first, and the easiest to write. But I loved figuring out Akeylah, who was quieter and harder to pinpoint, and Ren was just a lot of fun to toy with. No least favorite, either – I enjoyed writing them all, even the villains. (Maybe especially those…).

5. Are there any books or movies you would compare to Rule?

We pitched the book as Pretty Little Liars meets Three Dark Crowns, but I’d say there’s definitely a touch of Reign thrown in there too!

6. What is your favorite book/genre to read?

Science fiction is my first love, but fantasy is a very close second. I also really enjoy reading memoir and creative nonfiction, and pretty much anything young adult. A little bit of everything, I guess!

7. Is there anything else about the book or yourself that you would like my readers to know? (optional)

I apologize in advance for the ending. 🙂
So, there you have an inside look into Ellen Goodlett’s September release, Rule! I am so excited for this debut novel. (I am trash for Pretty Little Liars and Reign, so this is exactly what I want.)
Do you plan to read Rule? Will you be pre-ordering it (which you can do here)?
Thanks for reading!

Finishing the First Draft

Hello everyone!

So as you all probably already know if you follow any of my social media, I have completed the first draft of the book I have been writing since I started this book! It has been a very long journey, and there have been times where I stopped writing (for almost a year) and got distracted by other ideas or just life in general, but I always came back to it. Since starting this book, a lot has happened personally, and I graduated high school and started college. All of this helped me grow, and it all even affected my writing – for the better.

I did three of these posts in the past; one for when I first started, one when I finished the first ten chapters, and one when I finished the first twenty chapters. They were all informational/reflective posts that I hope helped some of you if you read them! And now I am making this post as I have finished the rough draft and am starting the editing phase.

The first thing I have to say about finishing my rough draft is that my entire book was wrong. It had felt right when first writing it some three years ago, but now that the book has ended, I can really see what direction I want the book to go in. I have to rewrite the first 20 chapters of the book – I am already halfway through chapter five – and make some huge changes.

I got rid of an entire group of people and changed them to be a subsection of a different type of people.

I changed a main character’s name which is sad because I really liked his name, but it was too similar to the other main character’s name.

I added a made up religion that now plays a huge part in my book.

I completely changed the ending and the direction of the second book.

My real main character has changed entirely, and now her parents have too.

My side villain is entirely different.

There is so much, and different, culture and mythology I need to include and work in.

And more.

In all, I have a lot of editing in front of me. This will be a lot of work, but I am so happy with my novel now, and I believe in it even more than I did before.

I definitely stand by what many authors say in that you don’t know the first chapter of your book until you finish your last chapter. Now I believe in the fact that you don’t ever really know the direction of your story – sometimes your characters surprise you or your own writing concludes before you though it would, or continues past where you though it would. Sometimes, in my case, you won’t know the first three quarters of your book until you write the last chapter.

Well that’s all I can thinm of currently about the first draft! I will doing writing videos on my channel starting in June, so be on watch for those!

How is your work in progress going?

Thanks for reading!


Flame in the Mist || Review

flame in the mistTitle: Flame in the Mist

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: Putnam

Format/Pages: Hardback, 392

Release Date: May 16th, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

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Hello everyone!

I am in love with this book! At first I was a little confused while reading this book because it is heavy with Asian terminology, but then I found the glossary in the back. I breezed through the book after that. I loved learning about Asian warriors and it was such a fun take on Mulan.

The plot itself is intriguing, I love the girl dresses like boy and fools them all trope, and she takes it upon herself to find who targeted her and her convoy in the woods. It all just flows so smoothly and we learn so much about the world and what it means to be a warrior. The writing is absolutely gorgeous – of course it is, it was written by Renee Ahdieh. I instantly wanted more after reading FitM, and I cannot wait for the release of the second book, Smoke in the Sun, in June of this year.

Mariko is such a great main character; she is a role model in every sense. She is greatly known for her curiosity and her need to constantly learn new things, despite the standards for a noble woman. Therefore, she is insanely smart and resourceful, and she is willing take any task head-on. As she disguises herself to learn who tried to murder her and to survive the Juaki forest she was left in, she quickly comes into herself and learns how to handle her situation.

With Mariko comes a whole lot of great feminism. This is the amazing feminist YA fantasy book I have been waiting for, and it is so inspiring. Here are a couple great quotes:

“I’ve never been angry to have been born a woman. There have been times I’ve been angry at how the world treats us, but I see being a woman as a challenge I must fight. Like being born under a stormy sky. Some people are lucky enough to be born on a bright summer’s day. Maybe we were born under clouds. No wind. No rain. Just a mountain of clouds we must climb each morning so that we may see the sun.”

“The only power any man has over you is the power you give him.”

“There is such strength in being a woman. But it is a strength you must choose for yourself. No one can choose it for you. We can bend the wind to our ear if we would only try.”

If those don’t convince you to read this book, I don’t know what will. I love the repeated theme of being as strong as you let yourself be, that you are in charge of your own person whether you’re a man or a woman. The women of this book aren’t fighting to change how the world treats them, they are learning to be brave in spite of how the world sees them and it changes the perception of women in a much more impactful way.

Next… the romance… I have to. The couple that emerges in this book fills my heart with so much happiness. If you won’t read it for the feminism alone, read it for this star-crossed, all-consuming relationship that strengthens these two characters beyond all measures. This couple definitely made my list of top favorite couples.

In all, this book was amazing and you really need to read it for yourself because it is such a unique and driving experience. You see pure selflessness, pure love, and pure strength of heart. It is an incredibly tale that, I think, is a modern classic to be completely honest.

Let me know what you thought of Flame in the Mist, or if you plan to read it!

Thanks for reading!


Scythe || Review

scytheTitle: Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Format/Pages: Hardback, 435

Release Date: November 22nd, 2016

Genre: YA Dystopian

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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Hello everyone!

This is a book I didn’t really know how to rate because I feel like the first half of the book could have one rating, like 2.75 stars, and the second half of the book could have a higher rating, like 4, so I’m going with 3.5 lol. Like most books out there, it doesn’t really get into the action until about halfway, and that is when the stakes truly raise and you can’t put the book down.

The plot itself is very interesting with the way humans have advanced so that death is nearly nonexistent, and the Scythedom is very intricate and well thought out. It isn’t until the middle that I really was hooked though. Up until something actually big happened about three-quarters in did I decide that this book needed more stars. It was slow, yes, but I also just felt like why should I care? It was hard to see a real direction that the story was going to take, which is great for most books, but didn’t suit this one too well at first. But when the book picked up, it was amazing with so many twists! It was dangerous and risky and unpredictable.

As for the characters, they also felt pretty dull and two-dimensional until that three-quarter point as well. I can tell the next book will be better since it is more established now, and I really look forward to what the characters have to offer in Thunderhead. I actually didn’t like Citra at first, I found her selfish and a little narrow minded, but goes through well-needed character development. Rowan goes through this, also, and the difference between both characters in the beginning and the end is enormous. You can barely see them as the same people.

Rowan was, by far, my favorite character of the book because he was the most complicated and conflicted, and he was probably the most human. His choices may be slightly unfavorable, especially when it comes to Citra, but it’s leads to an amazing story.

Citra’s family also makes it into the book, and they were actually loving parents! That is so rare in a book to have both living parents and loving parents! We need more of this in YA because not every family is broken and resentful. Her parents were still selfish, which may be where Citra got it, but they were reasonably selfish – as in it is understandable why they were how they were.

Romance is nearly never involved in the book, and when it is, it is very limited. It suits this book and the circumstances, but you all know me, I’m looking for the romance lol.

In all, it was an entertaining book that makes you think about the world and where it’s heading. I don’t really have too much to say, so this isn’t a very good review, but I do hope it helped in some way! Despite it’s shortcomings, I would still recommend this book if only for the philosophical meaning.

Let me know down below what you thought of Scythe, or if you plan to read it!

Thanks for reading!


Opposite Books Tag!


Hello everyone!

I stumbled upon this tag through Dreamland Book Blog, and I thought it would be a fun thing try out! I love doing book tags, so really an tag looks like a fun one to me.

Let me know if you do/did this tag, or if there are any tags you would like me to see in the comments down below!

Let’s get started…

scytheFirst book in your collection/Last book you bought.

I would say the first book I actually added to my collection, and that was a contributing factor to my reading obsession, was Twilight, and the newest book I bought is all of the books from my BookOutlet Haul, so Nevernight, And I Darken, Scythe, Truthwitch, and Roar.

A cheap book/An expensive book.

I bough the Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the holy grail that is the Books-A-Million bargain book section for $2.97, and I bought a hardcover of King’s Cage for $20 when it first came out.

A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist.

The Novice is the most recent book I have read with a singularly male protagonist because most books have a boy but also a girl, and I am currently reading Flame in the Mist where Mariko is our protagonist.

A book you read fast/One that took you long to read.

I read the Outsiders in one day, which is the only time I have ever marathoned a book. One that took me an especially long time to read is probably most of the books I read tbh lol. I am usually so slow at reading.

Pretty cover/Ugly cover.bookthief

And I Darken is gorgeous, but The Book Thief is… hideous. I’m sorry, but just look at it…

A national book/An international book.

The Percy Jackson series takes place in New York City, and Clockwork Angel is set in England. It was so hard to find two fantasy books that I have read that take place fully in real-world places.

A thin book/A thick book.

An Enchantment of Ravens is SUPER thin, it’s like 300 pages, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a beast at 759 pages.

Fiction book/Non-fiction book.

All I read is fiction… so I’ll just choose Throne of Glass because it’s not one of my posts without mentioning it. A non-fiction book? Harry Potter. I actually don’t read non-fiction, unless textbooks for school count lol. I guess the last one I read was on Michelle Obama in middle school (she’s one of my idols).

mazerunnerVery (way too) romantic book/Action book.

The closest I can get is Looking For Alaska, even Fangirl isn’t that romantic. I guess maybe A Court of Thorns and Roses, but it’s still very action-y. The Maze Runner, on the other hand, is nearly strictly action.

A book that made you happy/One that made you sad.

FANGIRL AND ALLEGIANT. Need I say any more?


Thanks for reading!


Control Freakz by Michael Evans Review

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Title: Control Freakz

Author: Michael Evans

Publisher: Palmetto Publishing Group

Pages: 280

Release Date: October 3rd, 2017

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins.
When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit.
Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too.
Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.

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The author told me that f you sign up for his newsletter, you can receive the first four chapters of the book for FREE! You can sign up here.

Quick warning about this book: it has strong language and LOTS of it, so if you are sensitive to cursing, I would highly suggest not picking up this book.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was an interesting plot with the mysterious blue pill and the government-gone-bad trope that I actually do like even if it may be used quite often in the dystopian genre, but that’s why it’s used so much – people love it. Also, I did not expect the ending, it was very well thought-out and designed cleverly. As with most of the dystopian books, you can see where the story is going, but the end is definitely surprising, and it was refreshing and really helped the book in general.

Most of this book was written in a kind of stream of consciousness as the main character, Natalie, is pretty stuck in her own head. In some ways this was good, but in other ways not so much because it occurred during action scenes sometimes, and it really slowed down the pace of the action. Also, a lot of what she narrated through the story was plagued with self-pity which is generally a big turn-off for me. I understand she had been through a lot and her life was ruined from then on out, but she regularly just gave up when facing death and would suddenly lay limp until one of her guy friends picked her up and ran away. She was constantly in an internal battle between wanting to die and then not wanting to die – I see that the author was trying to make her confused and scared, but she was far too conflicted in some parts for it to be realistic.

One of my other commentaries on the novel is how erratic each of the main characters were. In the beginning, I could easily see how panicked Natalie was going to be throughout the novel, but I thought it would be ok because her two friends seemed to be more clam and level-headed. Then everyone was running around like they were going to die every waking second – in general, it all seemed a little much and was a little to extravagant. Their emotions felt very solid and detached from who they were so that they all molded into one character with slight differences.

Outside of what I mentioned above, it was really enjoyable. The writing flowed very well and was easy to breeze through. I sat and read nearly 250 pages because it was just so easy to read that I didn’t want to stop once I started.

Let me know down below your thoughts on the book!

Thanks for reading!




Hello everyone!

So, this month, I am going to do a very light TBR because I have a bigger book on here, and I don’t want to be severely disappointed. I put up a video on my April Wrap-Up and May TBR that you can check out here.

Let me know down below what you plan on reading in May!

In April, I read:

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Control Freakz by Michael Evans

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

And in May, I hope to read:

ACOWARA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I won this book on @literarynessie’s (her blog), but I am having some trouble getting it – I think it was lost in the mail. I still hope to get the book this month whether the issue resolves or not. I am so looking forward to this book. I am dying without Rhysand.




Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdiehflame in the mist

In this book we follow Mariko, who is the daughter of a samurai and was born to be married. On her way to meet her betrothed for the first time, she is attacked. As the lone survivor, she sets out to see for herself who is targeting her. This book sounds like a great female empowerment story, and I am hyped for it.



truthwitchTruthwitch by Susan Dennard

In this book we follow a truthwitch – she can discern any lie from the truth. This is a very desired power, especially among the nobility she is born into, so she must disguise it from those willing to kill for it.

The magic in this book sounds really interesting and I am really excited to see the magic system in its entirety.



Roar by Cora Carmackroar

We have yet another magical book with Roar. Aurora is the heir to the Pavan throne, but she has yet to show any of the powers that she needs to protect her people. With a failed arrange marriage to keep her political power, she chooses to join a band of storm hunters to capture the essence of storms because that is how their ancestors were said to get their powers in the first place.

Again, I am really interested in the magic system and how it all plays out!


Let me know what books you plan to read in May!

Thanks for reading!


10 Things You’ll Never Hear a Book Lover Say

10Things Never Hear a Book Lover say

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is going to be a funny (I hope) little thing on stuff you will never hear a bookworm say!


1. I totally have my TBR under control.


2. I already have a copy of my favorite book, I don’t need another one… especially not the special edition.


3. Keep talking to me, I’m only reading and it’s only the greatest scene in the whole book.


4. The Percy Jackson movie was so much better than the book – I loved that they made him like six years older than he should have been.


5. I can’t wait to set another Goodreads challenge – it’s not like it hangs over my head the entire year and nags at me.


6. I don’t judge a book based on its cover.

We all know you do.

7. I never wish guys in books were real, or would jump out of the pages and take me back to Prythian…


8. Magic isn’t real. Hogwarts isn’t real. I have never wished I had gotten a Hogwarts letter when I turned of age.


9. I’ve never written or read any fan fiction about boys in books or the movie adaptations.


10. I would never try to get out of plans with friends to stay in and read at night, who even does that?


What some things you think you would never hear a book lover say?

Thanks for reading!


An Enchantment of Ravens Review


Title: An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: September 26th 2017

Pages: 300

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS!!!


~ Goodreads Synopsis ~

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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This is my fourth five star read of the year, and I have read them all in a row – I do have to say, it is one of the greatest feelings on this Earth. I do think that this one is my favorite of all of them, though, for reasons I will get to throughout this post. I am going to try my best to avoid spoilers at all costs, although I really need to rave about every single sentence in this book with someone.

If you have read this book, let me know down below what you thought of it!

This novel is super short, it’s only 300 pages, and I was able to fly through it in two days. Because it was so short, it was really fast-paced and was able to keep my attention the entire time since there was really no room in the book for anything that wasn’t absolutely essential to the story.

I have to start with our main character, Isobel, who is a prodigy in the craft of art, of which only humans are able to produce. We pick up with her being a renowned artist among the Fae beings, or the fair ones, and because of her talent, she often thinks as if she is painting in a way. The story is told in the first person, so we read as Isobel sees such different sides of people and locations and objects, and the descriptions of colors and textures is beautiful. The sensory additions is one of my favorite parts of the book. I also love Isobel herself as she is so utterly average outside of her talent. I related to her personality very well with her stubbornness and fragility, and it was nice to see in YA fantasy since the genre is generally overloaded with badass killer girls – which I also very much adore. Her feelings and path of falling in love are also very natural; there is a hint of insta-love in the beginning, but it is entirely understandable as most people would feel the same way in similar situations. In all, Isobel is such a down to Earth and distinctive character that quickly became one of my favorites.

Rook is absolutely adorable, by the way, and I love him despite his arrogant and oblivious tendencies. He is so pure amid the other fair ones, and he remains true to himself throughout the entire novel while being nearly entirely self-less. He is always up front about his feelings and what he believes, and I really appreciated it. I really enjoyed watching all of his pieces come together throughout the book.

The fae as a whole were really interesting. I was expecting a civilization much like that of the fae in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I found something else entirely. Every single fair one is severely arrogant and self-conscious and strictly cares about themselves more than they care about anything else. Now, I actually really enjoyed this aspect of the book because it really set some of the characters apart and it went along well with the fact that they cannot produce art. Because they cannot make literally anything, their lives are portrayed as empty and meaningless, which is entirely different from the fae of ACOTAR – in that series we saw the fae as far more fulfilled and able than the humans. So, in this book it’s a lot more empowering to be a human lol.

Also, the plot was beautiful – it was one of those forbidden love stories that just makes your heart wish they could be together. The ending really encompasses the entire story and really brings out its meaning, and it is such a satisfying end… even if I crave a sequel.

Again, let me know down below what you thought of AEOR!

Thanks for reading!