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REVIEW: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


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“Through love, all is possible.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
Where to begin? I had been waiting for this book since it was announced two years ago. I knew very little about it besides the fact that there would be shifters, Fae, and angels. I truly felt like Sarah had a direct line to my heart when I heard this because those are literally my top three favorite supernatural creatures in existence! And I didn’t need to hear any more after that!

To start, I will say that the first 200 pages or so of this book was overwhelming. There was a TON of information and, even though there is a map in the front of the book, it did not help me at all. I swear I need a thirty-page glossary to understand all of the places, creatures, people, government terms, and historical meanings of this book. For me, this book didn’t really pick up until after the first 400 pages. As mentioned above, the first half seemed extremely info-dumpy and there was a bunch of plot set up stuff happening. While Bryce and Hunt were going through with their investigation and making progress, I still felt like the overall plot wasn’t getting anywhere. I was really concerned that I wasn’t going to like this book because of this.

Luckily, the second half the book was phenomenally better. The plot was moving at a much faster pace, the character connections and relationships that Sarah is known for started to shine, and the plot twists started to unfold left and right. Tears were streaming down my face and I didn’t even turn over to grab a tissue to wipe them because I didn’t want to put the book down! I fell absolutely in love with this story and I saw everything that makes Sarah my favorite author come out. It was an emotional roller coaster but I am so happy that I picked this book up.

Bryce- Bryce is my girl!!! Her character is so relatable at the beginning of the story and watching her develop over the course of this one book was simply magical. Her dedication and never ending loyalty to her friends and family constantly brought tears to my eyes and I am so excited to see where her character will go from here.

Hunt- I’m not gonna lie, it took me a bit to warm up to Hunt. He just wasn’t grabbing me quite as much as some of the other characters in this book. I have heard people say he is a mixture of Rhys and Rowan from Sarah’s other series and I would completely agree with that. He has Rowan’s demeanor with Rhysand’s back story which made him an interesting character to follow. By the end of this book, I was completely in love with his character and I adored the arc that he went through. It was so beautiful!

Dannika & Her Pack- How is it that these characters were only physically involved in the story for five chapters, yet I love them so much and it hurt so bad when they died? I think this is a true testament to Sarah’s power as an author because Dannika and her pack just felt like any other character to me. I love them just as much as I love Bryce or Hunt and I cried at many different points in the book when they were mentioned.

Ruhn- God, I love Ruhn. He was everything I wanted his character to be and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface for him. He did play a major role in this book, but I feel like his character is only going to blossom more over the course of the next installments. I am DYING to see where his story is going and to see this power struggle with his father come to a head.

Syrinx- This little chimera has my whole heart and is undoubtably my favorite character in this book. You have no idea how close I came to hyperventilating when Syrinx fell in that cage. I had tears rolling down my face and I swore that if he died, I wouldn’t read another SJM book.

Lehabah- This sweet little fire sprite had my whole heart it isn’t even funny. I just sobbed when she sacrificed herself and a part of me still can’t believe that she is gone. She became one of my favorite characters in such a short time and her loss will definitely be felt in the future installments.

Fury & Juniper- Juniper was sweet, and I liked her, but I am definitely more intrigued by Fury. She reminds me a lot of Amren and I need to know more about her! While I really liked these two, I felt like they didn’t play as big of a role as they could have. I think their character development and their storyline is going come into play in the future books more than they did in this one.

Hypaxia- I guessed the Hypaxia plot twist almost immediately. As soon as she met Ruhn and didn’t say her name, I knew. I loved what she did for Hunt and I know she will be one of Bryce’s biggest allies in the future installments. Is it wrong that I already ship her and Ruhn lol?

Micah- I did not see the Micah twist coming AT ALL. To be honest, I thought that he was more slated to be a love interest than a villain. I couldn’t have been more wrong lol. Well I’m happy he’s dead now.

Sandriel- I swear I’m never felt so much satisfaction as the moment that Hunt killed her. God, I couldn’t stand her. She gave me severe Amarantha vibes and I am SOOO happy that she is out of the picture now.

Jesiba- I’m not sure how I feel about Jesiba yet. Her treatment of Bryce throughout this book rubbed me the wrong way, but I am also really intrigued by her character. I want to learn more about her and her back story so bad!

Aidas- Is it wrong that he is a Prince of Hel, but I like him already? Like I don’t know if he is evil yet, but he is certainly morally grey. I loved that brief interaction between him, Bryce, and Hunt and I’m dying for more. That epilogue between him and Jesiba has me so hyped to find out what will happen next, it’s not even funny.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. There are so many characters and plot points that I could just go on and on forever about them so unfortunately I only hit on the major ones for this review. I am sure that all of the others will come up in my future reviews when they all become more critical to the story. And have no doubt, I will definitely be reading the next book! Is it 2021 yet???


Other Books in the Series:

Book Two ~ To Be Released

Book Three ~ To Be Released

TBR, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Spring 2020 TBR

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Hello Lovelies! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is to show off your Spring 2020 TBR. There were MANY books I could have chosen for this topic due to my never ending TBR pile lol. However, I wanted to choose books that I could actually see myself reading in the next couple of months considering my last few TBR posts haven’t gone so well. Anyways, here are the top ten books on my Spring TBR!


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∴ Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2)

I got an ARC of this MONTHS ago and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. After just finishing Wicked Saints a couple of weeks ago, I’m finally ready to read this book! I’m so excited (yet honestly terrified) to find out what will happen to my babies next!


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∴ A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1)

I’ve been wanting to read this book since before its release. I’ve even started the first 100 pages and have loved it! I just sat it down and never continued… But now I’m really ready to dive into this book and potentially its sequel.


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∴ The Shadows Between Us

As soon as I heard about this book, I was intrigued. I am all here for morally grey characters and a hate-to-love romance. So bring it on!


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∴ Wait for You (Wait for You #1)

I love Jennifer’s fantasy stuff and I have been wanting to read her contemporary stuff forever. So I’m going to really try to get to it within the next month or so.


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∴ The Sounds of Us Trilogy

The final book in this beautiful trilogy came out over a month ago, and I still haven’t read it. Ughhhh. I love these books so much and I had been waiting for the last book for so long and it hurts that I haven’t read it yet. I know I’m going to have to reread the first two books in order to read the last one so I have been putting it off. But I’m finally hoping to commit to the rereads and get to this book in the next few weeks.


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∴ The Darkest Assassin (Lords of the Underworld #14.6)

I’ve been putting off reading this book because I knew my bookish hangover for this series was only going to get worse if I read this book. Now that William’s book is FINALLY out, I am ready to read them both and I am SOOOO excited!


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∴ Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Despite loving Cassie Clare, I have been putting off reading this book because the stories in it did not appeal to me at its release. Now after talking to some people and hearing some more about this book, I am really interested in reading it.


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∴ Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1)

The cover of this book was what initially attracted me to it, but after reading the synopsis, I have been dying to get my hands on it. And I plan on diving right in as soon as my copy gets here!


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∴ Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)

After going on my Jay Kristoff binge this past year, I am more than ready to dive into this book. And just in time for the sequel to come out!


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∴ Tempest (The Scarab Beetle #6)

This is another one of those books that has been on my most anticipated releases list for literal years and, despite it releasing almost three months ago, I still haven’t read it. I feel like a failure to my favorite authors lol. I’m definitely going to read this ASAP though.


Thank you for joining me on TTT. What are some books on your Spring 2020 TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your post so I can check it out! And what did you think of my answers? Are you excited for any of the books I mentioned or have you read them already? If so, what did you think of them?

~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

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Hello Lovelies! I’m not gonna lie, this week’s TTT topic was a hard one. After I got my initial answers out of the way,  I struggled to come up with more. Hopefully, you see a couple authors on here that you like and agree with me picking them and you see a couple new ones that you can go follow! Some of these are an absolute joy and I love following them!


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∴ Jay Kristoff ∴

I just love Jay Kristoff and his Instagram is literally everything. He shares fan art, tattoos, what he’s up to, gives updates, and constantly has me dying laughing on his views of TV shows/movies. #bitchyoucanteleport 🤣


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∴ Stephanie Garber ∴

I might be new to the Caraval fandom, but I’m not new to Stephanie. I have followed her for a long time because I just like seeing what she posts. She does make posts about her books, but she also promotes other lesser known books which is so great of her. She also talks about her life and what she is doing which is never boring.


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∴ Gena Showalter ∴

I initially followed Gena on Instagram for upcoming book news, but since it has become so much more than that. She is constantly posting quotes, extra content, sneak peaks, memes about the characters, giveaways, and other fun things. After knowing her for a little bit, I was introduced to her Facebook group and omgggg it’s hilarious on there. That group is the highlight of my day!


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∴ Kerri Maniscalco ∴

I haven’t even read SJTR yet, but I have been following Kerri for a while. I love seeing her beautiful posts, insider content, and shout-outs to the ARCs she’s reading.


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∴ C.M. Stunich ∴

CM’s Facebook group literally keeps me going through my day lol. The amount of entirely inappropriate, yet hilarious posts on there is unreal. Plus, all the girls posting their fan-casts for the male characters is just 👌


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∴ Jennifer L. Armentrout ∴

*dreamily sighs* Jen’s Facebook group is everything. The amount of hilarious posts, engaging fun, giveaways, inside scoops on her latest projects, and her updates on the Wicked movie are just so great!


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∴ Leigh Bardugo ∴

I might not be Leigh’s biggest fan, but I can’t deny her social media presence. Whether that’s sharing fan-art, talking about the movie, or promoting her future books, she always finds a way to make her posts fun.


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∴ Shelly Crane ∴

Shelly’s books will always have a special place in my heart, but her social media presence has sky rocketed in the last few months for me. Her series is becoming a movie!!!! So naturally she is posting a bunch of movie info and inside stuff!


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∴ C.R. Jane ∴

CR is so great on Instagram and Facebook! Her FB group people are so amazing and sweet and her Instagram stories about her books and life make me so happy.


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∴ Ivy Fox ∴

I mostly know Ivy through her books and her FB group. When I say fun and hilarious, I definitely mean it lol. I can’t explain it to anyone that’s not in the group.


Thank you for joining me on TTT. Who are some authors that you think have a fun social media presence? Feel free to leave a link to your post so I can check it out! And what did you think of my answers? Did you find a new author?

~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Fantasy, Favorites, Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

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Synopsis:

A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…


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“Occasionally, there are minutes that get extra seconds. Moments so precious the universe stretches to make additional room for them.”

This book was just… WOW!!! Like I know that a lot of people were disappointed and I was really scared going into it that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations as a result. But I loved this book! It is definitely my favorite in the series by far. I couldn’t put it down and it exceeded all expectations.

I think the reason people didn’t like it was because this book was very character focused for a finale. Like this book was probably 70% characters and 30% plot. I for one loved that because I am a very character driven person. This book focuses a lot on Tella/Legend’s relationship and Scarlett/Julian’s and I loved that. I already adored these couples before this book but it only served to drive the point home. They are definitely some of my favorite couples ever.

I am so sad that this series is over. I drove through it and I don’t know what to do now. I’m just crossing my fingers that there will be a spin-off. It is heavily hinted throughout this book, especially that part where Tella had to promise to tell her future daughter’s secret. I know I would be down for any book this author writes from here on out, regardless of whether it is this universe or a different one.


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ REVIEW: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

5 🍁s ~ REVIEW: Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

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REVIEW: Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

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Synopsis:

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.


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“Every good story needs a villain. But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
Okay, so I loved the first book in this series and after reading the synopsis of this one, I was scared it was going to be a repeat of the first one with just minor differences. And while the core plot was similar in that Tella was trying to win the game of Caraval, I really felt like this book was completely different in every other aspect.

For one, Tella is very different from her sister and their POVs and choices are noticeably different from each other. Another difference is that I felt like this book just cracked this world, its politics, its magic system, and religious history wide open. In a lot of ways, this book was just on another level compared to the first one. We got to venture outside of Caraval and explore a whole new city. We also met a few new characters and the overall plot of this story was kind of revealed.

Tella- I said in my last review that Tella didn’t get a lot of development in the last book and that I wanted to see more of her. Well, I certainly got that in spades in this book. Tella is the complete center focus and she just reads and does things so uniquely different from Scarlett. I honestly couldn’t tell you who was more of a joy to follow. I’m interested to see how they both play out in the next installment.

Dante- Could I love him more?? Honestly, I don’t think so! About 30% through this book, I started to get the strong feeling that Dante was Legend… and I was right!!! I had always been intrigued by him and his tattoos and I finally realized that this character that I had been anticipating to meet had been right in front of me the whole time. It made the rest of the book watching Tella try to figure it out and their relationship continue to develop all the more entertaining.

Jacks- Jacks is a very interesting character to watch. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about him as I am not sure if he is actually the villain or not. He certainly does some rotten things, but there are times that I see another layer to him just waiting to be discovered. I will certainly be watching him during the next book.

Scarlett- I was very surprised by the minimal amount that Scarlett was in this book. I expected her and Julian to play a much bigger role than they did. And I hate to say it, but even when Scarlett did appear in this book, I was ticked at her. She constantly got in the way or made decisions that I did not agree with. Like sending a letter to the Count… Like really?! How can she not see the masterpiece that is Julian standing right in front of her? Like come on!

The Fates- The addition of the Fates certainly made this book interesting. I’m terrified to see what havoc they will wreak during the next installment.

Paradise the Lost- Is it just me or did anyone else not want her freed? Like I don’t really care about her. Any interest I did have waned after we got to see the vision of her bargaining Tella away. Like that doesn’t scream loving mother that people need to sacrifice everything for. I’m just hoping she proves to be useful in some way, like sacrificing herself for her daughters or Julian or Legend.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. This series is easily becoming one of my favorites and I still can’t believe that I waited so long to read it. I am very excited to start the next book and see how this all comes together in the grand finale.


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ REVIEW: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Book 3 – To Be Read

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REVIEW: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

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Synopsis:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.


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“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
For years, I have been hearing people talk about this series. And for years, I said I wouldn’t read it because it didn’t sound like something I’d be into at all. However, after so much time hearing great things and having friends talk about it and share quotes, I decided to finally give it a chance… And I am so kicking myself now because I absolutely loved this book!

From the very first chapter, I was intrigued by this story. I wanted to know more about the mysterious Legend and his Caraval. I also wanted to meet these two sisters that everyone had been talking about. I got swept up in this story. There is no other way I can describe it to you. This magical and mysterious world of Caraval gripped my heart and made my inner dreamer come out. I fell in love with this beautifully dark world and its complexingly nonsensical magic system.

Scarlett- I really enjoyed following Scarlett. While she did make some stupid and naive decisions throughout the story, I still liked her. As someone who has two sisters myself, I know what it’s like to have them run off and for you try to pick up the pieces lol. I might not have agreed with all of Scarlett’s decisions or her methods, but I can empathize with her being new to this and just trying to do the best she can.

Tella- I didn’t get to see much of Tella in this book for obvious reasons. She came across as the selfish sibling for a while so I liked when it was revealed that she engineered this whole thing to help her and her sister. I’m eager to see more of Tella and get some development on her character in the future books.

Julian- Julian gripped my whole heart so hard, it’s not even funny. I loved his sarcastic self and I am all here for him and Scarlett.

Legend- From the notes in the beginning to the chapter where we learned a bit about Legend’s back story, I was instantly in love. I know he’s supposed to be the villain, but I am too much of a sucker for morally grey, cursed males to not fall for him. You have no idea how disappointed I am that I didn’t get to meet the real Legend in this book. I NEED him to play a bigger role in the future books!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. There was so many plot twists that I was constantly reeling and, honestly, even after already being a third of the way through this story, I feel like I really don’t know anything at all. I’m dying to start the next book and see where this story takes me next!


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ REVIEW: Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

Book 3 – To Be Read

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REVIEW: Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare

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Summary:

Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.


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“We do not get to choose when in our lives we feel pain,” said Matthew. “It comes when it comes, and we try to remember, even though we cannot imagine a day when it will release its hold on us, that all pain fades. All misery passes. Humanity is drawn to light, not darkness.”

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:

To start, I just want to say how blessed I was to receive this ARC before publication and I am eternally grateful for it. I have been a fan of Cassie for a large portion of my life and I have been dying to get my hands on this book since I found out about it three years ago. With that said, I had a thousand expectations going in and, as usual, Cassie completely rocked any that I had.

This book wasn’t anything like I had expected it to be. This book breaks the mold on how you view Shadowhunters and you get to see them at a completely different point in their life than us fans are used to. In every one of Cassie’s series to date, the Shadowhunters being in the thick of fighting demons has been a staple. But in this book, there has been an almost peace for years with barely any demons to fight and the Shadowhunters have almost grown… complacent. This was a breath of fresh air for me, but it was also very disorienting. It took some time to get used to this almost calm-like atmosphere and I spent a large portion of the book just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

The Characters- This book has a LARGE cast of characters. Probably the most that we have ever seen. All of our favorite characters from TID makes appearances, but each of them have two-three kids now and almost all of their kids are involved in the story in one way or another. I had to keep a list written down to remember who everyone is and who their parents were. While it was slightly overwhelming in the beginning, I quickly came to realize that each of these characters provides something different to this story and I love them all dearly.

Cordelia- Cordelia is honestly the MVP of this book. She is so underestimated and the you’d think the other characters would outshine her with their in-your-face personalities, but they didn’t. Cordelia has this soft grace to her that is so compelling to me. She isn’t the central focus in the room, but your attention is somehow always drawn to her. She is just so supportive of everyone around her and one of the bravest, kindest, most loyal people out there.

James- While I love James, I thought he would be… more? For someone who is a Herondale man and has Will as a father, I thought James would be this sarcastic, witty, arrogant, bright star. Instead, he was sweet, honorable, brave, and wholesome and not at all what I was expecting. I was disappointed, but also pleasantly surprised by him. There was a portion of the book where I was rolling my eyes at him constantly because of his stupid obsession with Grace Blackthorn, but more on that below.

Lucie- Lucie, yet again, was completely different from what I was expecting. There’s no other way to describe her except for a dreamer. She has so many aspirations and dreams and she’s not letting anyone or anything get in the way of them. She also has this naïve, yet childlike quality to her character that makes her unique to follow. She gives everything her all and doesn’t hold anything back. She’s completely dedicated to her friends and her family and she’s one of the most relatable characters in this whole series.

Matthew- Unfortunately, I made the mistake of going to the Shadowhunter wiki page before reading this book, so I knew more about Matthew than I probably was supposed to. I know why he acts the way he does and why he is always drinking. We never do completely find out in this book so I’m not going to spoil it for anyone, but I’ll say that I empathize with Matthew on a level that is hard to put into words. The amount of self-hatred and guilt he must feel is overwhelming to contemplate and I hope he owns up to it and eventually finds happiness.

Alastair- Alastair was a bit of a shock for me. I went into this book knowing nothing about him except for his family name and that made him all the more mysterious. I wanted to know more about this mean and beautiful boy that kept everyone at arms length. Honestly, he filled the role that I expected James to play and I fell for him instantly. After more of his character came to life, I realized that Alastair reminds me a lot of Alec from TMI. He has some hurt in his past and he selects a few people to see the real him. I loved his progression in this story and I ship him and Thomas so hard it’s not even funny.

Thomas- I love Thomas. He is this calm and gentle giant that is a rock for the group. He reminds me a lot of his father in that way. I’m eager to see more of him and his relationship development with Alastair in the future books.

Christopher- I just adore Christopher. He is so inquisitive and gentle and I would hate for him to be hurt in any way. I feel for him much like I felt for Henry in TID. I’m just hoping he survives everything because his chances aren’t the best when it comes to making it to the end.

Anna- Gosh I love Anna. I love how she is a spin on the character mold of “the rake” and her popping in occasionally to set everyone straight is hilarious. I ship her and Ariadne so much and I’m eager to see Ariadne win over Anna’s closed heart. The only minor complaint I may have here is that I felt like, especially in the beginning of the book, there was an overemphasis on Anna’s clothes. I know it is supposed to be a big part of her character, but in the beginning I felt like Cassie spent too much on that aspect on Anna instead of other parts of her. Her personality and words are much more important than her clothes and I wanted more of those.

Jesse- Jesse has my whole heart like not even playing. He is so sweet and carrying, and what he did for Lucie and James just completely melted and broke my heart at the same time. I need him back in the next book so bad and I am shipping him and Lucie HARD.

Grace- I don’t know what it was, but from the very first moment that Grace walked on the page, I knew something wasn’t right. I didn’t like her at all and every piece of her actions throughout this book just cemented that further for me. I am so over James worshiping at her feet and I hope she’s revealed for the person she really is.

The Old Characters- Y’all, I literally cried so many times in this book from seeing the old characters from TID. It was so surreal to see them be themselves again, yet be so grown up and different. Uhhh I feel like a mom whose kid is all grown up and had their own kids.

After finishing the last line of this book, I can’t even describe the feeling I had. I immediately felt like I had lost something really important to me because this was over and I was going to wait at least a year for the next one. This book might have had a slow start, but about halfway through, it had my whole heart and I am so sad to see it end. I am dying to get my hands on the next book and see where Cassie takes this story, which I truly feel is just beginning, next!


Other Books in the Series:

  • Chain of Silver (The Last Hours #2) – To Be Released
  • Chain of Thorns (The Last Hours #3) – To Be Released
Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books With Single-Word Titles

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Hello Lovelies! It’s my first TTT back and I am SO excited. I really missed doing these topics every week and discussing them with y’all.

Anyways, this week’s topic is Books With Single-Word Titles and it was a fun topic to do. I had a bunch of initial ideas in my head such as Nevernight or Illuminae, but then I decided that I wanted to dig a bit deeper than that. I feel like one of the biggest purposes of TTT is to introduce people to new books that they might not have heard of. SO, I tried to pick titles that are a bit unknown or underrated for this topic! Let’s get into it!


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∴ Steps (Finding Their Muse #1)


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∴ Hunted (Haven Realm #1)


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∴ Queenmaker (Heart of the Nebula #1)


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∴ Heartless (The Privileged of Pembroke High #1)


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∴ Chosen (Chosen #1)


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∴ Retrograde (The Affiliated Zodiac #2)


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∴ Emotional


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∴ Trinity (TriAlpha Chronicles #1)


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∴ Sacrifice (Drakoryan Brides #1)


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∴ Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1)


Thank you for joining me on Top Ten Tuesday! I loved doing this topic and I’m excited to see what you all did for this it. Please feel free to leave a link down below of your post or your answers to this prompt! And also feel free to tell me your thoughts on my answers!

~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Book Tags

Leap Year Book Tag

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Hello Lovelies! I saw this book tag going around and I figured that since a Leap Year only comes every four years, it would be a while before I could do it again so… Why not?! Let’s just jump right in!


𝟏. 𝐀𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐃𝐚𝐲: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚?

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This is going to seem like a really cheesy answer, but I have to go with City of Bones. This was the series that got me into reading and it has to do with that something extra that was in it. I fell in love instantly and I know I wouldn’t be the reader I am today without this book.


𝟐. 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐩: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞/𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝?

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I was really afraid to read The Cruel Prince for SOOOOO long. It was really hyped up and a lot of people’s favorites and I was really scared that I wasn’t going to like it. I put off reading it and then I finally took the plunge in September. I ended up being partially right because, while I liked certain aspects of this book, I wasn’t as blown away as I wanted to be.

If you would like to, you can read my review here where I go into further detail on my feelings on this book.


𝟑. 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝟒 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫?

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The fourth book I read this year was Stolen By Them (Between Rebels #1). I actually really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I thought I was going to. It had a spin on villains and heroes that I really liked and I encourage you to check it out if you’re into RH or sci-fi!


𝟒. 𝟑𝟔𝟔 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫: 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐟, 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐟, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭!

This question ended up really working out. The 6th book on my 3rd shelf is Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) and the 6th book after that is Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1). Both of these belong to some of my favorite series ever so I’m glad they were the answers to this question.


𝟓. 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝: 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝟒 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐩 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫.

  1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson : I keep saying, “I’m going to read Brandon Sanderson this year”… and it just doesn’t happen. Maybe if I give myself four years it finally will 🤣
  2. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) : I’m hoping to read this series soon, I just keep putting it off because I feel like I haven’t been ready for it. Now that the series is complete and the spin-off is coming out, I feel like I can finally start it. I definitely think that I’ll have read this by next Leap Year.
  3. A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry #1) : I have read Laurell K. Hamilton’s other series and I loved it. This series is more fae focused than the other one so I’m really expecting to love it. I just haven’t been in the mood to pick it up quite yet.
  4. And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) : This book has been on my TBR for so long that I just hope that I will have read it within the next four years.

𝟔. 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐠: 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐓𝐁𝐑 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐢𝐭.

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∴ Dearly Departed (Afterworld Academy #1)


𝟕. 𝐁𝐚𝐝 𝐋𝐮𝐜𝐤: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦?

One of the bookish things I like to stay away from is the controversies, particularly the ones on Twitter. I feel like people get really fired up on social media and a simple argument becomes a situation where a bunch of outside people get involved and then it just turns into this giant dumpster fire. And I definitely don’t want any part of that.


Thank you for joining me today! What did you think of my answers? Have you done this tag? If so, please feel free to leave a link to it down below so I can check yours out!

~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Discussions

Life Update and Real Talk

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Hi Everyone. Let me start off by thanking each and every one of you for sticking with me and staying subscribed to me over these last few months. I haven’t posted on here and a while and, honestly, I can’t blame the people that left.

I’m going to be 1000% honest in this post. Many of you know but some might not, but my mom passed away in May of 2019. It was undoubtedly the most horrible experience I’ve ever gone through. I took a break from all social media for a while, but eventually, I felt so much guilt for not being as active as I was that I went back. And looking back now, it was much earlier than it should have been. I rushed back into things so quickly and my posts, the amount of them, and the lack of effort I put into them shows.

Eventually, I just stopped caring about my posts in general and just put them up to be there. And then I even stopped caring about that. I stopped putting out all content except for reviews on Goodreads. Then, I took a much-needed break and when I was finally ready to come back, my dad passed away.

No matter what relationship you have with your parents, losing both of them in less than a year is an experience that no one should have to go through and other people can’t possibly understand. It’s so hard to put into words… To lose people that have been a part of your life since the very beginning. You honestly feel like a part of you is gone and that your life ended with theirs. You look back at your past with those people and it feels like another life.

I wasn’t ready to come back to my blog or Instagram after losing my parents. But I’m finally at a place in my life now where I feel okay. I’m ready to come back and talk with people and share my love books again. Because trust me, there is NO way I could have made it through this year without books.

I don’t think I’ll ever get back to posting one-two times a day like I used to, but that’s because that portion of my life is over and I’m a different person than I was a year ago when I started this blog. With all of that being said, I love you all and I am so happy to get back into the swing of things! I look forward to all of your comments and messages! Thank you for your continued support.

~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕