When Fan Art is Life Changing Part 2

Sometimes I just need to fangirl, badly. You can see it in the predecessor of this post (When fan art is life changing part 1) or in my many posts sobbing about Fanfic so amazing I literally can’t not share it.

So this is another one of those moments.

Needless to say I am UNWELL.

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Recently a there have been a few pieces of fan art that just make me a puddle (spoilers for ACOTAR ahead *duh duh duh*). Now please excuse the rest of this post where I display the true level of Fangirl Trash that I am.

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And yes…I have this sticker on my laptop. No shame.

The first are all by Coralie Jubénot who you can find on tumblr at http://cocotingo.tumblr.com/tagged/my+art or on twitter as @Merwild. She has done some absolutely STUNNING ACOTAR and TOG art. There are so many amazing ones I could share, so it was difficult to narrow it down to a few favorites. Her depiction of Feyre and her sisters are my favorites and her drawing of Rhys are beautiful.

This first one is her drawing of all 3 Archeron sisters and I think it’s stunning and that she captured the 3 of them so well.

2 other favorites are these photos of Feyre in night court attire and of course Starfall. Just looking at them so happy and holding each other makes me want to cry and collapse to the floor. BTW I did not include the PG-13/R/M drawings of some certain scenes from ACOMAF. One involving a certain high lords hands in a chilly inn and the other involving lots and lots of paint (following delicious meal of soup, if you know what I mean…)

Now the exciting thing is that she has just stared reading the Throne of Glass series (she’s only on Crown of Midnight so I’m sure we’ll have some special characters from Heir of fire soon). But for now her drawing of Celaena is my favorite and her depiction of Chaol is amazing. She’s also done head shot of Nehemia and Dorian, both amazing. (Left to Right: Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia)

BUT it does not end there. She also has a gorgeous piece of Chaol fetching Celaena from Endovier and it is stunning. He looks like a captain of the guard and she looks like she was just pulled from a mine.

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GAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH. I love it.

Now I know I may be spiraling, but unfortunately I’m not done there. Oh no. I’m fully aboard the crazy train.

As you may know, I recently finished Crooked Kingdom and so naturally I had to pin all the new Six of Crows art to my pinterest board and came across this beauty from Fictograph.

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I’m not exactly sure why, but this is my favorite Kaz Inej art I’ve come across. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re out feeding the crows, but I think it’s beautiful.

Again. I am unwell.

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-Thanks for Reading (slash listening to the progressive ramblings of a fangirl)

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Empire of Storms Merch

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So I am so excited because my gifts for preordering Empire of Storms and the Throne of Glass coloring book are finally here! I preordered the books back in July and have been waiting patiently for mine to show up and they’re finally here. This time, for preorder Empire of Storms and the coloring book, you got 4 throne of glass colored pencils, and this adorable little notebook that says “You Could Rattle the Stars” on it and has a list of all our main characters names on it! I love that they do the preorder merch because it makes waiting for the next book that much more fun and I love these items! (and unfortunately no the awesome amulet of orynth necklace did not come with it. I have Emily @ emiesnook for getting me that!)

Did you do the preorder? Have you ever gotten a preorder gift that you loved?

Thanks for Reading!

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Book Tag: Seasons of Book Blogging

Thank you Ann @ AnnTheBookMaster for tagging me to do the Seasons of Book Blogging Book Tag, which was originally created by Jordyn @ J.Bookish back in November 2015. Also I hope everyone appreciates my extreme effort to not use Sarah J Maas characters for literally every answer because let me tell you it is a struggle.

The rules are:

  1. Thank the creator and the person who tagged you
  2. Begin with the month you were tagged and move forward from there
  3. State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month
  4. Tag new people!
  5. Have fun

So, here is the Seasons of Book Blogging Book Tag!

September, the time students go back to school. Pick a book you read for school you actually enjoyed | The Book Thief

19063-2.jpgSo this was one of my summer reading books in high school and I absolutely loved it. The fact that it’s told from the perspective of death is so interesting and even though it was sad it was just such an amazing story, especially if you love books.

 

October is the time for Halloween. Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween | Nesta Archeron

tumblr_odtooygrjg1uv3gwvo2_1280So I have to pick Nesta because me, Emily @ EmiesNook and Jess @ StarsWhoListen have a plan to dress as all 3 Archeron sisters together at some point and I’m so excited to do it because I love Nesta and her fiery personality and “takes no shit” attitude. Now all I need is a Cassian to accompany me.

 

 

November is the month we are reminded to be thankful. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout out to the person who recommended it | Twilight

41865I know what you’re thinking…Twilight? Really? But let me clarify why. My friend Natalie forced me to read this the summer before 8th grade and this was a big jumping off point for my love of reading. I’d always loved to read but Twilight was special for me and one of the first things I’d ever hard core “fangirled” over.

 

December is the time for friends and family to celebrate and give gifts. Name one book you would give as a gift | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a book I have given as a gift and recommended to many people. The reason it is the perfect book to recommend is because if you are a real bookworm and love to read, then you will on some level see a piece of yourself in Cath which makes it such a special book. Plus Rainbow Rowell is such an amazing writer that you can’t not love this book.

 

January begins a new year. Name a reading resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not |Yearly Classic

9781435158108_p0_v1_s192x300For the past few years I’ve tried to make myself read one classic book a year. So far I’ve gotten through the Odyssey and Wuthering Heights and this year I’m trying to make it through the Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes. Now that is A LOT of stories so no way I’ll finish it this year but I have read a fair number of them so far so I think it’s going well.

 

February is the month for love. Name your favorite book relationship | Percabeth

f15f05e59c4e906cd447444fd72006af.jpgOk so this is a difficult question for me because I feel like I have so many OTPs. But in an effort to not use Sarah J. Maas characters for every answer I’ve decided to go with Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan I love percabeth with all my heart and they were the first couple I actively sought out fan fiction for so I could continue their story.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’ve never read it | The Infernal Devices

6131164.jpgThe Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare was so amazing. I loved every second of it and wish I could read it again for the first time over and over because it’s never as good as the first time. The characters were so amazing and I loved the historical setting with the elaborate dresses and carriages. And there were so many twists and amazing, action packed scenes that I wish I could reread the first time again.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations | Red Queen

22328546So it’s not that I didn’t like this book, I thought it was good. But after all the hype I was expecting it to be amazing and it just didn’t do it for me. I liked it but I just never really got that connected to the characters

 

 

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you | Starcrossed 

9462795-2This book I found when I was looking for anything to read right when I got my kindle and was flying through books, some great and some horrible. I found this series by Josephine Angelini and it was such a pleasant surprise. Not only did I love the Greek mythology in it but I also loved the Nantucket setting since it referenced places I had been.

 

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out | Contemporary

Sometimes you just need a really adorable contemporary, fluffy love story and nothing is a better break from the world than that perfect love story where boy meets girl and after some mild, mid story drama, they live happily ever after together.

July is the time to celebrate your independence. Name a book that made you see fireworks | Throne of Glass

81PUjYDq2yLThrone of Glass was another pleasant surprise for me. I avoided it for so long because all I’d ever seen of it on Goodreads was that horrible original cover with that awful little excerpt on the back. But after watching PolandBananasBooks RAVE over it I finally picked it up and the rest is history as it is now my favorite series and Sarah J Maas is my favorite author.

July is also my birth month but I have no idea what the best present I’ve ever gotten was. However once for Easter, the Easter Bunny fulfilled my life dream by leaving 2 baby bunnies for me so that was a real highlight for my 5 year old self.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing | Kara Thomas

kara-mustafa-newSo I have not yet read Kara Thomas’s book, The Darkest Corners, but I saw her speak with Sarah J Maas in Pennsylvania last spring and after listening to her speak I really think she has a lot more to offer and that she’s going to be big.

 

Who do you tag?

Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook 

Becca @ BeccaAndBooks

And anyone else who wants to do this tag! Happy Book Tagging!!!

What’s your favorite season? What would your answers be?

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

BFF Book Tag

So I was tagged by Jess @ StarsWhoListen to do this tag and of course she is my actual real life BFF so I’m not surprised, so this is the BFF Book Tag:

Setting the Example: A pair/ group of book BFFs that you love | Ruby, Liam, Chubs & Zu

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 6.27.25 PM.pngHow could you not want to a part of their little family in the Darkest Minds? Not only are they the kind of friends you consider family, but they just have so many jokes and witty banter that keeps them all simile even though they’re in a horrible situation.

 

Childhood Bestie: Book character you would have liked to grow up with | Percy Jackson

27c36927e150c50f27f4f51c62d219ffHow could you not want to grow up with Percy? Sure his home life with his stepdad was not ideal, but imagine going on quests and saving the world with him and just getting to be at Camp Halfblood. Plus I appreciate the fact that he is the sassiest demigod out there and know we would get along great.

 

Frenemy: Which book character would bring out your competitive side | Manon Blackbeak 

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Now don’t get me wrong I love Manon but you have to admit she is the perfect frenemy. And sometime you just need that friend who is going to taunt you until you finally take action and I feel like Manon would not be shy about brining out my competitive side.

 

 

Fashion Guru: Who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid or go on a shopping spree with | Isabelle Lightwood

isabelle-lightwood-shadowhunters-the-mortal-instruments-cassandra-clare-favim-com-4171901How can you not love Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments Series? Not only is she a strong kick ass female but she also always looks good. She does not care what anyone else thinks of her outfits and the girl’s got style so I’d love to have her help me with anything appearance related.

 

 

Bad Influence: Character you would commit a small act of rebellion with | Kaz Brekker

kaz_brekkerNot just Kaz but the whole Six of Crows crew would be ideal group to commit any crime with. I mean with how skilled they all are there’s a 99% we’d get away with it PLUS can you think of a more fun group of people to hang out with? Their dynamic is hilarious since none of them trust each other and all they do is bicker because they’re all secretly in love with each other.

 

Blood Brothers: Which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister | Nesta Archeron

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Obviously Nesta from ACOMAF. I am borderline obsessed with her and all I want is a Nesta Cassian spin off series. Now as sisters,  we would fight like dogs and cats because we’re too similar but I know she would tell someone off for me in a heart beat and be a fierce protector if I needed it (even knee an immortal fae warrior in the balls if I needed her too)

 

 

Mother Hen: Which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day | Levi

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Sorry Jess but how can I not steal your answer. There is literally no character sweeter and more likely to cheer someone up than Levi from Fangirl. He is so unbelievably positive, plus he would bring me free coffee which would immediately make my day better.

 

 

The Counsellor: Which character would you go to for relationship advice or confide a secret to | Tessa Gray

the_infernal_devices__tessa_gray_by_caroline1233-d7u97k9.jpgI feel like Tessa from the Infernal Devices series would give great relationship advice. After all, she’s been around for a long time, plus had some tricky choices in her own relationships but it all ended up working out for her (thank you Cassandra Clare for happy endings). Plus she’s super smart so no matter what I think she’d be good at giving advice in general.

 

 

More than Friends: Who would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend | Cassian

195398adf9e3bc0e211f7a39ac973b25Ok so this question is hard, because in my mind I have A LOT of book boyfriends, BUT as ACOMAF is still first and foremost all I think about during the course of the day, my little baby bat Cassian would obviously be my BF since the “sarcastic asshole, who is super protective of his family” is my “type” (mostly the sarcastic asshole part *looking at you John Murphy*) Also there is a shockingly small amount of Cassian fan art so enjoy this beautiful man SJM pinned as “cassian”

 

Who do you tag | Anyone who wants to do this tag plus…

Megan @ bookslayerreads 

Rachel @ LifeOfAFemaleBibliophile

Becca @ RebeccaReads

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Emily @ EmiesNook  (since I know you were tagged but you haven’t done it yet)

 

Let me know what you think. Who are you book best friends?

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

 

Rise Elorcan!

**This post contains spoilers for Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas**

So anyone else who recently finished Empire of Storms is probably having similar feels over the rise of Elorcan. And how can you not? They were adorable. She was brave and smart and it impressed him. And he was strong and protective and it won her heart. So now the quality Elorcan fics are starting to come to light, and since I do little spotlights on my absolute OG Nessian fics (thank you StarsWhoListen they’re fabulous) I thought I’d spotlight 2 little Elorcan fan fics that give all the feels.

So check out “The Knife Thrower’s Revenge” by myfireheart and “On the Deck Somewhere” by StarsWhoListen

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Thanks for Reading

-maggie

The Book Courtship Tag

Ok so I originally saw this on booklayerReads blog and thought it looked super fun so here it goes. This is the Book Courtship tag!

Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover | Red Queen

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Although I had heard of Red Queen, I had no idea what it was about and simply wanted it because it looked so pretty. I mean that crown dripping blood? Gorgeous. I mean how could you not want to read this?

 

First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary | The Bricks That Build the Houses

26073155I was in a used bookstore when I found this, so naturally the YA books were very limited. I grabbed this one off the shelf because it was bright pink and read the description which read

Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving London in a fourth-hand Ford with a suitcase full of stolen money, in a mess of tangled loyalties and impulses. But can they truly leave the city that’s in their bones?

It sounded very exciting, and thus far it’s been a lot slower than I was expecting, as right now it’s slowly detailing the lives of all theses characters who slowly begin to interconnect so hopefully we’ll get to the exciting stolen money and drama soon.

Sweet Talk: A book with great writing | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024Anything by Rainbow Rowell has great writing in my mind. I love her books because there’s just something about the way she writes that captivates me. I’ve said this before but in my mind her and John Green touch on similar subject matter and write along similar lines but for some reason the way Rowell does her dialogue and weaves her story just captivates me so much more. Fangirl especially is a book I could read over and over and never get tired of.

First Date: A book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series | The Hunger Games

2767052While this applies to most series I’ve read I’d have to say The Hunger Games because that was really the first YA series I picked up for fun in high school after what I can only call my longest reading slump ever (post twilight in 8th grade that lasted for about 2 years). After reading the Hunger Games I had to have Catching Fire and stayed up all night after junior prom to finish it.

Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night | Catching Fire

6148028Again, this has been a lot of books for me, since if somethings good I do not want to put it down. But since I just mentioned it, I’ll say Catching Fire. At my post prom party when everyone else went to bed, I stayed up until 4 in the morning finishing Catching Fire because I HAD to know what happened. No shame.

 

Always On Your Mind: A book you could not stop thinking about | A Court of Mist and Fury

26073150A Court of Mist and Fury is responsible for my biggest book hangover EVER. Honestly it has been over 4 months since it came out and I’ve read plenty of other amazing books since then, INCLUDING Empire of Storms, and STILL I cannot get A Court of Mist and Fury off my brain. I think it may be my favorite SJM book of all time, which I can’t believe I’m saying because I LOVE Heir of Fire.

Getting Physical: A book you love because of the way it feels | The Complete Sherlock Holmes B&N Edition

9781435158108_p0_v1_s192x300This is probably the most beautiful book I own. It’s huge, leather bound, has the fancy build in bookmark, and the edges of the pages are GOLD. Plus the cover and spine are both gorgeous and it looks so nice on the shelf. I just love holding it, and it’s usually my subject for all book photo shoots.

 

Meeting the Parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends | Eleanor and Park

15745753I love Rainbow Rowell and I love Eleanor and Park. I think it’s such an amazing coming of age story that also touches on some really deep and important issues such as bullying, self identify, poverty and abuse, just to name a few. Honestly I feel like this book should be read in high school, since at least for me in 9th grade we only read “coming of age” stories and this one is amazing and I have already recommended it to at lease 2 people.

 

Thinking About the Future: A book or series you know you will reread many times | Throne of Glass Series

81PUjYDq2yLIt’s already been reread so many times so I know it’s going to happen again. I feel like every time I pick it up I discover some new little detail that just ties the story together later on the road and the ups and down of Celaena’s life and her struggles are so amazing to read every time. It may be fantasy but it’s a beautiful story and I’ll never get tired of it.

 

Share the Love: Who do you tag? |

@Emiesnook of course. I also tag the @The Immortal Readers and anyone else who wants to do this tag!

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

New Laptop Stickers!

It’s out with the old and in with the new! I love laptop stickers and I loved my old case, but it was cracked, dirty and old so it was time to replace it. Now unfortunately that meant losing some old stickers that were not the reusable sort, but it also meant spending lots of time on Red Bubble picking out fabulous new stickers! And this time I went for full fandom immersion: 2 from ACOMAF , 2 for Throne of Glass, 2 for The 100, 1 old Game of Thrones, 1 LoTR, 1 Sherlock, 1 Outlander, and 2 about reading and one that literally labels me as “fangirl trash”.  There are a few non nerdy ones too. A dunkin donuts cup (of course), A “massachusetts made” sticker (obvi) and my good old Boston Strong sticker, plus one for my college and one that says “Mutts Rule”.  I’d say I’m pretty happy every time I look at it now. But I had so many great new stickers that the hardest part was painstakingly pouring over the possible layouts to fit as many as possible.

It was also very hard for me to find a nice green case. I wanted a darker, opaque hunter green case but apparently those don’t exist. The first one I ordered was supposed to be mint green but it was literally the same teal blue I had before so I went with a super neon green one instead. It’s not exactly what  wanted but I like it.

Before:

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After!

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I’m just so happy with it!

Thanks for Reading

-maggie

Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Length: 693 pages

Type: 6 Book Series

Overall Rating: 5 stars

Spoilers Ahead:

Ok so I love SJM and everything she writes so this won’t be so much of a review as me rambling about all the feeling I have been left with after finishing the book an hour ago. Sarah J Maas has once again murdered my life. She always pulls something like this so I don’t know why I no longer expect it. I guess it’s just because the end of Queen of Shadows was so happy and by chapter 64 everyone was still alive and everything seemed to be going fine. But then she just ripped the rug out from under me.

Now let me back up a little bit to the beginning. So we do not start off like I was expecting. First of all we start with an Elide chapter which practically made me groan. Not what I wanted, since she was just wandering aimlessly through the forest. Then there’s no grand entrance into Terrasen. In fact, she’s told she’s not the queen so she can get out. Well let me just say I was not happy about that at all. But then the story quickly go moving.

So much happens so fast right at the beginning and it was all so awesome. Rifthold gets taken and the scene with Manon saving Dorian and then Rowan saving Dorian was epic. The fact that we see Manon is willing to become a “witch killer” for him and then willingly lies about it after. And then Dorian and Rowan’s bromance was something I did not know I was missing but needed. Their boat ride together and the conversation they have is so heartbreakingly cute.

Meanwhile, Aelin is in Ilium tearing shit up. I can’t really believe Aedion didn’t notice that she was having Lysandra study the sea dragons…I thought it was kind of obvious. At this same time Elide and Lorcan are becoming traveling companions. I was grateful when they finally got together because their separate chapters were a little boring. But let’s face it Elorcan happened fast. By their third chapter together I was a complete Elorcan fan and when he saved her, and she sort of saved herself from her Uncle I was screaming. That scene was so great and they were finally so honest with each other. She’s so good for him because she’s all hope and he lost his will to live for something besides fighting for his queen a long time ago. If you had told me I would be freaking out because Lorcan was about to die during HoF or QoS I would have laughed at you. But that scene in the marshes where he’s under attack and she’s jumps infront of him I nearly died. And then he was going to sacrifice himself for her. UHG FEELS!!! WHICH IS WHY THE END KILLED ME. After all this beautiful relationship building he ruined everything and I’m honestly not sure she’ll forgive him (anyone else getting vibes between Elide and Asterin?)

Ok tangent over. So this book was amazing so just some key points that murdered me. Asterin willing to die for Manon. For a second I actually thought she was going to kill her, but I’m very glad she did not. Also that bombshell about her being half Crochan??? Did not see that coming. Also very happy when Manon FINALLY joined the squad because all the scenes between her and Aelin were perfect. I love how they challenge each other as 2 queens and all the males seem to hold their breath when they’re squaring off.

Then we had the entire Skull’s Bay section which was amazing start to finish. I did not realize how much I needed Fenrys in my life and I am very glad he made it to the end (I was expecting him or Gavriel to be killed off). And of course we were all just waiting for Aelin to show up and Rolfe’s reaction was exactly what I needed to be. Chapter 27 had me falling out of my chair laughing. Again I did not see it coming at all that he was a Mycenian. Then of course we had the big battle where I feared for Lysandra’s life more than I ever have. I really thought she was a goner because SOMEONE has to die. We all know the whole squad isn’t going to make it through to the end and so every time one of them is in danger it’s always “is this it? are we going to lose someone?”. And I don’t know if it’s better or worse that it hasn’t happened yet because they’re all still alive but for how long. Anyways the other plus of Skulls Bay was we finally got our sexy time between Aelin and Rowan and it was everything I needed it to be.

Another heart stopping scene was when Manon said “No he’s not” about Fenrys and then shit hit the fan. Again, I though Fenrys was a goner but thankfully he survived. Also that was the scene where grumpy parent Rowan came out. A few times Rowan killed it with his grumpy dad status. In this scene when they’re all making the bet and he says “remind me why I bother with any of you” then later in the marshes when he rips the fight between Loran, Gavriel and Fenrys apart like they’re children and then finally when Aelin and Manon have a little contest over Elide and Rowan finally has to say “Ladies” in that exasperated tone. (Also did it make anyone else think of Rhys having to say “Ladies?” to Feyre and Amren in ACOMAF *cough cough Feyre=Aelin Amren=Manon**)

The scenes in the wastes were good. I was expecting a big battle but the heart stopping scene ended up being Elide and Lorcan caught in the middle of Aelin’s fire and then the ambush on Lorcan. And then of course another bombshell leaving the wastes when we think they’re under attack and it’s freaking Ansel!!! Just more amazing scheming by Aelin from QoS plus I died when she got her horse back.

And then everything goes to shit after that. The battle ends up working out, but we finally learn all the horrible truths about Elena and what she did and that Aelin is supposed to die to save everyone. And then when she comes back it gets even worse with Maeve. The ending scenes with Maeve were so unbelievably painful. Seeing Aelin tortured. Hearing all the awful truths from Maeve about Rowan and Aelin and how she manipulated them together. And then Aelin giving herself up for Elide and being whipped again!

And then of course she’s gone when the squad finally shows up and this awful plan she’s been scheming all along finally comes to light. Lysandra is to be her, sire children with Aedion, Rowan and her got married, Manon has the keys, and she’s off to be a slave to Maeve. I swear if Maeve breaks her, I’ll die. If we have to wait more than half the book for Rowan and Aelin to reunite, I’ll die and if this series ends with her dying, I’ll die. The end just pulled the rug right out from under me and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do in the meantime.

All in all, another amazing book in the series, 5 stars.

Thanks for Reading

-Maggie

Throne of Glass Book Tag

So obviously this is in honor of the release of Empire of Storms this week. I found this on polishedpageturners blog, so without further delay here is the Throne of Glass Book Tag!

 

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved

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Well this one is easy. Throne of Glass. I know not off to a great start picking Throne of Glass as the first book in the Throne of Glass book tag but lets face it, that first cover was rough. In fact, Goodreads kept suggesting ToG to me with the old cover and that combined with the terrible little blurb “2 men lover her, the whole land fears her, only she can save them all” just made it sound terrible but eventually I picked it up and the rest it history.

 

Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside

256683City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I was looking for books to read after the Hunger Games wet my literary appetite in high school and google just kept recommending the Mortal Instruments. So I looked them up and between the cover and the blurb I thought it sounded awful (just goes to show the blurb is always a bad indication of how good a book is). Anyways, I love the series, and the spinoffs and the rest is history.

 

Erilea | A series with great world building

21473404.jpgThe Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. Now bare with me a second since I know it takes place in New York and the continental US (which is not a world that needs to be built obviously) but the way Rick incorporates the Greek myths and Gods and stories into the US from Greek mythology is so amazing that it seems like he’s built this completely probable world of his own around one that already exists.

 

Rifthold | A book that combines genres

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. In my opinion this book is a mix of Alien Sci-Fi and Dystopian since we have a very much post apocalyptic world but the Alien component is also such a strong factor.

 

 

Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth or legend

9462795Starcrossed by Josephine Angellini was my first taste of Greek Mythology woven into modern day. Although I loved the Percy Jackson series, these books hold a special place in my heart since they take place on Nantucket and I am a Massachusetts native and I love reading about the names of places I’ve been.

 

 

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist

19288043-2.jpgGone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I read this at the recommendation of a friend who had said to me right before I started it “it’s obvious who did it from the first pages”. I thought she had spoiled me badly. So I spend the entire first half of the book (spoilers ahead) convinced that of course Nick did it. It’s so obvious. Boy was I surprised when Amy starts narrating and I realized my friend had tricked me.

 

Assassin’s Keep| A book with an unreliable narrator

10507293The Selection by Kiera Cass. Now America is not unreliable in that she’s shady, more in the sense that she always messes everything up. Don’t get me wrong I loved these books (especially the first 2) but the more we went on the worse she got at literally always doing the wrong thing until in the last book she literally almost ruined everything for no reason.

 

 

Astern Blackbeak | A book that’s got squad goals

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. How can you not love and want to be a part of the swaggering, rag tag team led by Kaz in this book? They’re all so different and yet go together so well you can’t not want to be a part of their squad.

 

 

 

Terrasen | A book that feels like home

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Surprise it’s not Harry Potter for me. No the first big fantasy book I ever really got sucked into was Eragon by Christopher Paolini . My dad read it to me in the 4th grade and I loved it and it started what ended up being a 4 year long obsession with dragons.

 

 

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell gives me all the feels. I loved that book so much even though it was full of heartbreak and it literally killed me reading it but it will forever be one of my favorites.

 

 

 

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you

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The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I bought this last year and have slowly been progressing though it but it is a monster of a book and some of the Holmes stories can be a bit slow at times or are just filled with a few too many old english phrases that  I can’t follow what’s happening but I am determined to get through it.

 

 

Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. How can you not swoon over a giant, adorable, chivalrous red-headed Scotsman? I mean really? James Alexander Malcom McKenzie Fraser is irresistible.

 

 

 

Chaos Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently

26073150A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. No book tag would be complete without this making an appearance. But I was trying not to use any books twice and although I could put this almost anywhere (particularly books that make me swoon) I was really struggling to come up with something for this and it just hit me. This book had you looking at an entire first book in the series differently because it had you realizing signs of an unhealthy relationship and examine depression, abusive relationships, PTSD, feminism and a lot of other really important themes that dominate the       book even though it is fantasy, which is what makes it such an amazing book.

 

Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift

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The Partials by Dan Wells was a birthday present from a good friend of mine and ended up being a very enjoyable series to read for a nice dystopian story.

 

 

Eye of Elena | a book you found right when you needed it

This isn’t exactly a book but I found  PolandBananasBooks on Youtube right when I needed it. She helped bring me out of my shell a bit for loving to read during my freshman year of college and I know I would not be as comfortable being bookworm I am today if I didn’t find her freshman year. Plus she’s the reason I’ve read so many of my favorite books (including ToG).

 

I will tag Emiesnook to do this tag next and anyone else who wants to do it. Good Luck!

Thanks for Reading

Maggie