Ending My Hiatus

Hello everyone long time no see!!!

So I have not written a post in a long long time. At first it was because  December was CRAZY for me. Right after Thanksgiving break I was swamped with school work. I had so many finals that I didn’t have time to do anything else.

Then with finals done I went home and suddenly it was Christmas and then I was away for New Years but I assure you I am not giving up on my blog.

I did need a break though. I was so spent after finals this semester that the idea of writing for my blog or reading did not sound relaxing at all. I needed a few good days of sleeping late, doing nothing but binge watching TV.

But I am back! I don’t think I’m going to push myself to publish as many times as I was earlier in the fall because I just found I was setting the bar too high for myself and I was disappointed when I didn’t accomplish my goal some weeks.

I also have tags to catch up on! Thank you to everyone who tagged me in things I promise I have not forgotten. I have a list of all the tags I have to do and I will do them because I love them!!!

Thanks for Reading!

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am

Weekly Bookstagram – #11

IMG_4580.JPGCan you see it? Do you know what this is? Did you guess the Irish flag?? Cause you’d be right! This bookstagram photo was in honor of my acceptance to my first vet school University College Dublin!!!! I don’t know if I’ll got there although I would love to live in Ireland for 4 years but I’m so thrilled that I’ve got 1!!!!

Thanks for Reading

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am

BookClub Discussion: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

WELCOME TO OUR OCTOBER 2016 BOOKCLUB DISCUSSION OF THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE. BELOW THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION INCLUDES:

41nhwszqa7l-_sx328_bo1204203200_
-Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel

-Emily @ EmiesNook

-Jess @ StarsWhoListen

 

October 2016: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Lets get this over with

So enthusiastic (but like i feel the same it’s fine)

This is a long time coming so it feel like more of a burden at this point

Whose fault is that #FinishedTheBookNovember5th

At least I finished it @emily

Why are we doing this if it hasn’t finished the book?

Because at this point she’s never going to finish it. And it’s November 26 so she’s run out of time.

She’s still doing her lab report and doesn’t look to be coming into this doc any time soon. JK she’s coming but she’s not happy

I will finish eventually I’ve just been super busy lately between working for my Etsy shop, school, and Skyrim Remastered.

*rolls eyes*

Discussion Questions:

1. What was your favorite thing about the book?

Ok lets start shall we.

Okay so tbh my favorite thing is how this fantasy world has reversed gender roles and the women rule everything but like of course that’s my favorite thing.

How did I know you were going to say that *rolling eyes*

Okay whatever you have to admit it’s nice to have an alternate perspective to point out a real world problem in the reverse, AND another feminist themed fantasy novel a la ACOMAF

Well, my favorite thing was probably that it was nothing like I was expecting. Reading the description I figured poisoners was the lamest gift and upon opening you find out they’re the ones who have controlled the government for a while.

I like that people have really cool powers on different parts of the island, with some being able to control animals, others having poison immunity, and elemental control. It was really interesting to see how their powers contributed to a kind of “speciest” perspective.

2. What was your least favorite thing about this book?

My least favorite thing about this book was the priestesses. I hate them. Cutting peoples hands of #notcool

I consistently say I don’t read books for the romance plots but like I’m lying it’s fine, so my least favorite thing was there was nothing slow burn to destroy my heart.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No slow burn LOL of course. I was unimpressed with the romance we got. Kat and Pietyr (spelling?) was nothing special to me.

God that fucking coupling reminded me of Sansa Stark and Littlefinger. NO THANKS.

Yea that whole relationship was creepily twisted.

Also wtf is with him throwing her into a ditch at the end…???

Moon Door AF.

I know this is kind of bad, because it’s kind of against the plotline but I didn’t like the whole insertion of the “dark magic” that Arsinoe gets into.

Oh same. As soon as thing “low magic thing” started I was unhappy about it.

Yeah idk what that was all about but maybe she’ll shy away from that once she learns to use her actual power… Emily I can’t help but spoil you since you haven’t finished but since Arsinoe is a poisoner that’ll probably be more important to future plot. ALSO I GUESSED THAT FROM PAGE LIKE 2.

Oh I know I read the ending. Plus her name is Arsinoe (like Arsenic).

Because she sucks and reads like a shit.

3. Favorite character

Mirabella is mine. I’m calling her. She loves her sisters so much and I can’t get over it. It breaks my heart.

Nope sorry. Mirabella is mine. Fire powers….? That belongs to me.

No. Stop. Let me make an argument right now. You are Arsinoe because of this line:

“Arsinoe struggles out of Mirabella’s arms. That too is like the sister she remembers. Always a wild thing, not made for cuddling.”

Done.

Nope sorry. Called her.

Stop I literally have 400 other reasons you are Arsinoe. She’s the sarcastic one. I bookmarked like 12 pages where she says sarcastic shit because I knew we were going to have this argument. Also, she was raised as a naturalist and is the ~animal~ one. Mirabella is like the protective mom one and that’s me AF.

But she’s not the animal one. She’s a poisoners *plot twist*

But she’s still outdoorsy and loves animals because she was raised by them.

I don’t know who my favorite is. Arsinoe made me angry cause of that whole dark magic thing. I guess I really felt bad for Kathryn.

See but Kathryn is the only one on board with murdering her sisters.

Ya’ll it’s KATHARINE

But can you blame her? She has been constantly poisoned her entire life for the sole purpose. She doesn’t know anything else and she has so much room for growth.

I like Katharine. She reminds me of Sansa as I said before. She has to learn the game and her mind is poisoned (hehe) by the politics of Fennbirn, and I think she will overcome that and become a major player but at the same time not cruel like the poisoners who raised her.

Ya too bad she got thrown down a cliff at the end. So does that mean she’s a naturalist? Is that why her snake never bit her. Why she didn’t have to drug it.

She is 100% naturalist. Her snake. Doesn’t bite her and she trained it and now that she has a new one I think it’s gonna cause problems. Sweetheart was her familiar.

That is what I’m thinking. Maybe she will have a large animal come to her from across the ocean like they were talking about earlier for Arsinoe because her other sisters are so powerful.

She also loved her horse.

4. What do you rate it?

Ok moving on. Rating. I gave it 4 stars.

I haven’t rated it because I still haven’t finished, and I strongly disagree with people who rate books without finishing (or even reading) it.

I think I gave it 4.25? I am holding tight to my appreciation for its feminist themes and I really liked the queens as characters. They were complex and I’m excited to see what decisions they make and if they ally together or kill each other or whatever.

Yes you did. I thought it was a really fresh and interesting concept. And there were parts where it got slow for me but for the majority of it I was pretty intrigued by the story. I hope they don’t kill each other. I want them all to be queens in the end. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t want any of them to die because at some level I do feel attached to all of them.

Same! Co-queens are always a plus. I also HIGHLY NEED THEM ALL TO BE ALLIES AND FUCK UP THAT SYSTEM OF KILLING EACH OTHER. Like they are the three sisters who could overcome that system.

Plus wouldn’t that just make the island stronger? To have 3 queens with 3 different powers.Well I mean Mirabella seems least likely to kill her sisters, although now who knows.

5. What did you think of the plot?

I generally like the plot. Again, didn’t really care for the whole “dark magic” spin-off which kind of made me dread switching back to Arsinoe point of view, because she is slowly messing up her own life.

Ya honestly I thought Arsinoe’s chapters were the most interesting when we followed Jules.

The plot was a divergence from anything that I expected. I really thought it would heavily rely on Mirabella vs. Katharine but Arsinoe’s storyline was so much more that I expected. I also really liked that they focused mostly on their separate lives and character development in this first book because it got me more attached to the queens. The whole competition thing was like the last few chapters and that’s it.

I figured from the description they would all be living in a castle and when it started they would spend the entire book trying to kill each other, which was not the case. I liked how character driven the story was. I also really thought “poisoners” would be the obvious “weak gift” but they have all the power.

6. Final thoughts?

I will eventually finish the book, because I really enjoy it, and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series to see where it takes us.

I’ll read the next one. I also thought this book was going to be a stand alone but I’m excited that there’s more.

I really want a plotline to involve Mirabella and Arsinoe teaming up to like save Katharine from herself and like SISTER POWER. Idk why I just need it.

I’m also excited for Katherine to realize she’s a naturalist. Or how Arsione will reveal she’s a poisoner.

Couldn’t she also have that “war power” that they were talking about? I would rather he be a naturalist though.

Oh yeah that’s also possible. But I really think Sweetheart is her familiar.

Sweetheart is dead.

That would also be a lame familiar and I feel like she would match the power of her sisters.

I know Sweetheart is dead and I don’t think a poisonous viper is a lame familiar. But there will be ramifications of them replacing her snake with a fake.

Ya but she had the snake on at the quickening ceremony and was fine.

I mean naturalists can control all animals to an extent right? Especially if they’re super powerful? Like Jules can control that bear.

Kinda

OH ALSO: WTF JOSEPH????

Don’t get me started on the fuckboy.

Like they waited for each other and he sleeps with mirabella ONE TIME and all of a sudden Jules is not good enough???

Like I get it was supposed to be part of the ~dark magic~ that Arsinoe did but still, another reason not to like that plotline.

Probably. But still. The fact that he’s still “torn” between the two of them and then has the audacity to even speak to her at the end.

He can go home. The patriarchy on the mainland did something to him clearly. Bye, Jules deserves better and so does Mirabella.

Are we done

Ya I’d say so.

Ok now you have 5 days to finish And I Darken.

As if

FEEL FREE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION! ANSWER ANY OF THE QUESTIONS FROM ABOVE OR JUST TELL US ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK! AND DON’T FORGET TO JOIN US FOR OUR AND I DARKEN REVIEW AT THE END OF THIS MONTH!

the-archeron-sisters-book-club

 

November Book Club Announcement

So I’m sure you’ve noticed we are WELL into November and that this is coming super late, but October was just so crazy that we did not have time to keep up with our book club. So we’re hoping we can crank through our next book of the month and get back on track!

So our book this month is And I Darken by Kiersten White!

27190613.jpgNo one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

 

Join us this month in reading And I Darken and look out for our review and discussion at the end of the month!

Thanks for Reading

the-archeron-sisters-book-club

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

41nhwszqa7l-_sx328_bo1204203200_Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Type: Series

Pages:

Rating: 4

 

So first of all, I’m sure you’re thinking “wasn’t this your October book? It’s November 25th?” And you’re right, this is LONG overdue. But this month was crazy. I was so busy with school that I just did not have time to read.

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

Now, this book was nothing like I was expecting. After reading the description online I was expecting the 3 sisters to be living together and thinking this book would have a hunger games princess feel. I also thought that as far as powers went “poisoner” sounded the lamest. So imagine my surprise when I open the book and find out that the poisoners have been in power for a long time.

The entire set up of this island was very interesting. Women are in control and the island is a completely separate culture from the mainland. Also the fact that the queen always has triplets, they’re always born under these categories of power and then the queen leaves after they’re born.

We start the book with the poisoners and we discover Kat is a very weak poisoners. But the poisoners have all the power so she’s faking her way thought. I liked Kat, but she was probably my least favorite of the 3. Mostly because she seemed the most eager to kill her sisters.

Mirabella was probably my favorite of the three sisters but I felt the worst for her because I was NOT a fan of the priestesses. Mirabella didn’t want to kill her sisters and remembered when they were still friends and promised to protect them. My heart broke for her and I was really happy when she left the temple. I was less excited when she got dragged back. I really thought her getting away from them was going to be where the story picked up but she got taken back pretty quick and then of course what happened with Elizabeth’s hand really disturbed me. I don’t do mutilation. I actually put the book down for a while after that.

Arsinoe’s chapters were probably the most interesting but mostly because we had Jules. Arsinoe has zero naturalist power from the get go even though her friend Jules is the most powerful naturalist in a long time. I did not approve of her using low magic although I felt bad for her when she got mauled by the bear and when she had her second failed escape attempt. I also really felt bad for Jules because she did nothing to deserve Joseph betraying her for Mirabella. But I was so glad that Mirabella protected Arsinoe when the priestesses were going to kill her and I wish she would see that Mirabella was protecting her and not trying to kill her.

Now of course the big reveal at the end which makes everything make sense was that Arsinoe is ACTUALLY the poisoner. You wonder if the last queen made a mistake or did it on purpose because she didn’t want the poisoners in power any more? Either way it leaves a lot of questions on what will happen in the next book. I actually picked this up thinking it would be a oneshot but it seems that’s not the case. And of course now I’ve become attached to the sisters enough that I don’t want any of them to die.

Did you read this book? What did you think? And lookout for our group discussion

Check out Jess and Emily’s Reviews:

8cxkzblei

Jess – Three Dark Crowns Review

 

Thanks for Reading and be sure to read along with our November book “And I Darken” by Kiersten White!

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am

 

Nessian Updates

So I feel like this has become a little series on my blog since the lovely Jess @ starswholisten writes so much fabulous Nessian Fic just for me. But really these posts are for my inner SJM fangirl. I’ve done a few others about fan fiction, as well as some amazing fan art which you can see here:

The Greatest Nessian Fic of All Time

Nessian Fic Part 2

Nessian Fic Part 3

Nessian Fic Part 4

Rise Elorcan

When Fan Art is Life Changing 

When Fan Art is Life Changing Part 2

So you can see, I have a tendency to get excited about these things. AND NOW THERE’S MORE!!!

bbtn8gzipa35gttbg5aj

New Fics:

So recently I pitched a new idea for a Cassian narrated theme of certain scenes from ACOMAF and so far we have the first one and it’s amazing!!! You can check it out here and if you’re a Cassian lover then I think this is for you. It’s called “You Might Be One of Us”.

Then we have a new Nessian AU which is amazing because Nesta is a veterinarian!!! (Incase you do not know I am currently in the midst of applying to vet school and I am Jess’s muse for Nesta so this is basically a fic about me in my eyes). So even thought it probably holds less personal feels for you, it is amazing because the idea of Nesta being the kind of person who loves animals more than people is great. You can check that out here and it’s called “Dirty Paws”.

Fan Art:

img_5171

And then finally Coralie Jubénot has some new art for us and guess who it is!?!?! It’s CASSIAN!!! AND HE’S SHIRTLESS!!!! Now I didn’t love her first cassian drawing, but I think it was more just the outfit because this one is AMAZING (although I still secretly imagine him with a little facial hair). But look at this? Is it not gorgeous? Does it not make you want to melt? Because it makes me so weak in the knees and I may have to order this on a coffee mug because that would for sure get me out of bed in the morning.

200_s

Anyways, thanks for putting up with my fangirl. I’d probably go insane if I couldn’t talk to people about this borderline unhealthy obsession with these fictional beauties but what are blogs for?

Thanks for Reading

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am

 

 

 

 

The Argyle Ball

So this weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first Scottish Social Dance. This semester in college, I took Scottish Country Dancing, in which we learn how to scottish social dance. Then we have the option of attending the Argyle Ball in Alexandria, VA (right by DC) where many people who are actually part of the scottish dance community come together and dance the night away.

So I went with Emily @ Emiesnook and it was amazing. We both ordered plaid skirt to wear and all the guys there were in full kilts. I also found an Outlander Hair Tutorial on Youtube so I did Emily’s hair like Gellis at the gathering and mine like Jenny’s.

There was food and drinks before hand and then we all process in behind a bag pipe. Then that’s followed by a waltz and I will say I think I got to waltz with the only man under age 30 at the entire shindig (and just saying he wasn’t too bad looking either 😉 ). After that you form sets and do the dances. They read through the steps once and then you just go. And there were some I knew better than others but fortunately everyone there was really nice and helped you get where you needed to go if you got confused.

img_4528

The dance was 3 hours long! There was a short “tea interval” to eat and drink in the middle and then more dancing. But it was so fun. We had live music, featuring the 2 time world champion Scottish Violinist! And then at the end there was a little after party with delicious food and wine at one of the dancers houses. I think my favorite dance was a Jig where I was partners with my teacher and he just seemed to be having so much fun and it was a magical night. I’m super excited to take the class again next semester and hopefully go to more social dances!

img_4547

Thanks for Reading

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am

Weekly Bookstagram -#10

IMG_4520.JPG

This is from this past week. The theme was “books with animals on the cover” and this book dog crazy is really cute for any animal lover. As you can see I have no shortage of dog themed memorabilia in my room and the photos are of my 2 dogs. The brown one is my 12 year old border collie mix, Jonesy and her brother is the black and white pointer mix. His name is McGuire and he’s 8. And I am so excited to see them in 3 days!!!

Thanks for Reading

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am

New Book Merch!

IMG_4216.JPGSo this month I was really craving some new trinkets for my bookshelf. I had been throwing around the idea of getting one of the awesome book candles I see all over pinterest and instagram. The hardest part was picking which shop I was going to get them from since there are so many amazing ones. I ended up getting them from The Melting Library (click here to see there etsy shop!) I was all set to buy The Night Court and Fireheart and when I went to checkout they were all out of The Night Court! I was so sad! But I didn’t want to wait for them to restock it so I ended up getting the other one I was torn about, Fae Warrior.

 

In addition to these beautiful candles I got 2 new pops this month. I finally got Sam and IMG_3453.JPGDean from Supernatural. I was only going to get one, but the used bookstore I go to had both of them and I had to get them as a set. I wanted them because the only other one I have is Jamie Fraser, so I’m trying to collect the ones from my favorite TV shows so those fandoms can be displayed with my books. I’m planning to get Sherlock and Jon Snow next and if they ever make them I will buy EVERYONE from The 100 (I need tiny Bellamy Blake and John Murphy on my shelf ASAP).

 

 

In addition I also finally got my Empire of Storms preorder merch this month, which I already talked about here but I figured I’d mention it.

Thanks for Reading!

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am

October Book Haul

Whoo so this is SUPER late but the end of October/beginning of November was CRAZY busy IMG_4160.jpgfor me! So finally, here is my October book haul! This month I bought 10 books (which is much more reasonable than the 21 I bought last month!) It was still a lot but I went to some great used bookstore this month and also felt the need to reward myself after some particularly difficult exams.

This month’s haul:

  • Cinder
  • Scarlet
  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • The Iron King
  • The Iron Daughter
  • Gone
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • Neverfade

Thanks for Reading!

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-28-49-am