Archeron Sisters Book Club

So this is the start of a monthly book club, where myself, Emily @ EmiesNook and Jess @ StarsWhoListen will be selecting a book each month and reading it together. Then we will each review the book separately and do a single, collaborative discussion page about the book.

We are 3 best friends and a branch of the same sorority family. Jess is my Big and I am Emily’s Big. Together we love to watch The 100, Outlander, and Game of Thrones. Plus we love to go to the bookstore together and stare longingly at Sarah J Maas’s books. By the end of last year we did absolutely everything together, and even though we are not all in the same place anymore we still love to read the same books together and discuss them.

We call ourselves the Archeron Sisters as a reference from Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Nesta, Elain, and Feyre are the 3 sisters with very distinct personalities.

fire-clipart-cliparti1-fire-clip-art-jpgI am Nesta, because of my sarcastic, sometimes abrasive nature, and the fact that Cassian is totally my type.

17169-illustration-of-red-tulips-pvEmily @ EmiesNook is Elain, as she is the most gentle of the 3 of us.

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And  Jess @ StarsWhoListen is Feyre (although she is really more of a combination of Feyre and Mor) as she is all about justice and is currently studying to be a domestic violence lawyer.

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September Book:

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So if you’d like to read along with us and join our discussion, this month we’ll be reading This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith. It’s a contemporary romance and is praised as being gorgeous and heartwarming.

 

 

Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet – albeit virtually – when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig Wilbur. The two seventeen year olds strike up an email relationship even though they don’t even know each other’s first name.

 

Jess @ Starswholisten

 

ACOMAF Merch


So my good friend Emily @ EmiesNook is a big SJM fan and so for her birthday which was over the summer I ordered her a print from The Quoted Page on Etsy. I am so happy with this purchase. It was not super expensive but I think it’s a stunning print.

I opened it today and it looks perfect. It looks just like it did online, a really high quality print and not blurry at all. PLUS it came with 2 beautiful watercolor book marks with ACOMAF quotes on them! What a nice bonus!! (Planning on keeping 1 for myself).

Anyways if you’re interested I highly recommend checking out The Quoted Page etsy shop as she has all kinds of merch for book lovers!

Nessian Fic Part 3

So I’m just going to keep doing this because I consider these StarsWhoListen fan fictions about Nessian to be partly mine as they are always dedicated to me and I help come up with some of the ideas for them because I need all the Nessian fics.

I may have mentioned to my favorite fan fic writer that I love nothing more than a good wounded lovers fic where someone gets hurt and their lover gets all flustered, emotional, and protective about them.

Well ask and you shall receive. So now on top of the most amazing Nessian Pregnant Fic (I Saw a Flicker then Just Smoke) which morphed into Nessian with a puppy we have Cassian fussing over an injured Nesta which is everything you’d want it to be and more. So go read Sinking Ships, which is named after an amazing Nessian song by Seafret, my new favorite band.

Nessian Forever.

PS: Please know the line “But my insults are so clever” was inspired by me

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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

Goodreads Book Tag

So I love Goodreads. I discovered it in 2012 and have been using it religiously ever since. I first saw this tag on the hangingwithamanda blog so without further delay here is the Goodreads book tag.

What was the last book you marked as read | Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms by SJM came out on Tuesday and it has been an exciting 3 days reading it but alas as always with her books its over too soon and no spoilers but the end has wrecked me and I don’t know how I’ll make it to next fall.

What are you currently reading | The Bricks that Build the Houses by Kate Tempest 

This was a book I found at a used bookshop for $3. I had never heard of it but it had a nice bright pink cover so I bought it. So far it’s ok. It’s a contemporary following the lives of a few people in London who’s lives are all interconnecting and weaving together throughout the book. It reminds me a little of Let the Great World Spins by Colum McCann. It’s been a slow read but it’s a good read 1 chapter before bed book.

What was the last book you marked as TBR | Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I am so excited for this book. I had never heard of it until today when it came up on my Amazon and I just happened to click on it. The premise sounds fascinating: 3 sister princesses, all heirs to the throne, and all with a different form of magic. When they come of age, they will fight to the death and whoever is left standing becomes queen. I want my 2 best friends to read this with me since anything with 3 sisters is fun for us (we are Feyre, Nesta and Elaine from ACOMAF).

What book do you plan to read next | Between the Lines by Jodi Picot and Samantha Van Leer

I bought this today and I’m super excited to pick it up. I feel like the premise is exciting for any book worm. The thought of the handsome prince on the pages falling in love with you while you read it. I’ve heard good things about this book and it’s sequel and I think it’s going to be just the type of cute romance I need after finishing Empire of Storms.

Do you use the star rating system | Yes

Yes but I always wish that Goodreads had half stars. When I first started reading it I gave almost everything 5 stars, very few things 4 stars and only the absolute worst 3 stars. Since then I’ve had to go back and adjust my rating since I realized that not all my 5 star books were created equal and a lot of my 3 star books were 2 or even 1 stars.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge | Yes

Yes I love that Goodreads tracks how many books I read each year. Generally I fall somewhere between 35-50 books a year so my goal is usually about 45. So far this year I’m a little behind since during winter break, when I would usually get a lot of my reading done I was studying abroad and then during the summer I was in a horrible book slump. But I’m currently at 23 with a few months left so I think I could still get there.

Do you have a wish list | No

No I’ve never used the wishlist since no one really buys me books. I pick out my own books and pretty much use my TBR list as a wish list.

What book do you plan to buy next | Good Question

More often than not I go to the used book store 2nd and Charles and get books there. The books are in great condition and they have such a great selection. But since they never have anything I never know what I’m going to find. I did pre-order Crooked Kingdom today though.

Do you have any favorite quotes. Share a few | Of Course

“You’re never going to find a guy who’s exactly like you—first of all, because that guy never leaves his dorm room.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
 -Sarah J Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

“You drool when you sleep.”
― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

“I claim you, Aelin. To whatever end.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“Jesper knocking his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

“You know, you ladies can let us males do things every now and then.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms

Who are your favorite authors | 

Well if you couldn’t tell from the quote question my absolute favorite authors of all time are Sarah J. Maas and Rainbow Rowell. Sarah is my queen of fantasy and Rainbow is there when I need something set in the real world.

Have you joined any groups | No

Unfortunately I don’t really take advantage of all the other features Goodreads has to offer. For recommendations I usually look to Booktube or blogs, and same thing with discussing books.

Who do you tag |

The usual. EmiesnookEmiesnook and anyone else who wants to do this tag.

 

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

 

 

Nessian Fic Part 2

So a few days ago I mentioned the absolutely heart warming fan fiction about my favorite ACOMAF babies, Nessian. Now a part two has been added and if you never considered Nessian with a fur baby then you don’t know what your’e missing. So go read “I Saw a Flicker then Just Smoke” by starswholisten. Unlike the first one that had me crying like a baby, this one had me smiling like an idiot the whole way through. Again yes, this was written for me and is adorable, and well written with another clever Mumford and Sons title.

Just go read it if you love Nessian because it will get you right in the feels  ❤

 

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I saw this book tag on The Wild Soul blog and I’ve been seeing it all over the place on twitter. Now sorry if I mention books you love, but remember the whole point is that these are unpopular opinions. So without further delay, the unpopular opinions book tag:

A popular book or series that you just didn’t like? | Legend Series by Marie Lu

I really tried with the Legend Series. I read all 3 books but in the end they just sort of fell flat for me and I’m not sure why. For me the romance between Day and June was just never great and the whole series was lacking for me.

A popular book series that everyone seems to hate that you love | The Last Star by Rick Yancey

I don’t know why but everyone seemed to hate the last book in the 5th Wave series. Now while I do agree that the first book was the best I thought they way he wrapped up the series was good. I mean ya it always sucks when important characters die but the way they died in this book was admirable and I think it fit with the apocalypse reality the other books kept with.

A love triangle where the main character you did not want them to | Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

Mark or Kona. Obviously Kona. I never root for the original friend/boyfriend. I always root for the new, usually dark and mysterious guy. If they were childhood friends/dating already (Gale, Jacob) then I almost never pick them. So imagine my disappointment when Mark wins the girl in the end of this series instead of Kona.

A popular book genre you hardly reach for |  Classics

I try and force myself to reach for a classic every year but more often than not I hate them when I read them. And it’s upsetting to me because everyone seems to love classic books and they’re held in such high regard. People seems so much more impressed if they ask what I’m reading and I say “Wuthering Heights” than if I say “Empire of Storms” which is annoying but I hated Wuthering Heights.

A popular or beloved character you don’t like | Harper Price

Rebel Belle did not do it for me and mostly it was because I could not stand the main character Harper. She was so annoying and the entire premise of the book just fell flat for me, especially her character.

A popular author you can’t stand | Maggie Stiefvater

I want to like Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. I wanted to love her because he name is Maggie for one thing. I wanted to like the Raven Boys series. The first book drew me in and I was rooting for it because I liked the characters. But as the books went on they got harder and harder to finish and the way the story wrapped up left a lot to be desired and I think of lot of it was that I just didn’t enjoy her writing style.

A popular book trope you’re tired of seeing (ex. lost princess, prophecy) | Memory Loss

I’ve said it before but my pet peeve with books is when they go for any sort of memory loss plot line. It kills me. I cannot stand when I know more about the characters past than they do. It’s worst when it happens at the end of a series and all that’s happened over several books is lost to them when I still know what happened. I hate it.

A popular series you have no interest in reading | Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I feel like I missed the boat on this series. If I had picked it up in middle school when I was still on my twilight high I’m sure I would have loved it, but now so much later I’m pretty sure I’ll never pick it up.

The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie” but what movies or tv show is better than the book? | The 100

Oh this one is so easy. The 100. The tv show is amazing. It’s packed with action, adventure, and hot angsty men. Naturally when I was spiraling out of control with my 100 obsession I read all 3 books and they are nothing like the show. Half the characters are different and the plot is the same down the very bare minimum, almost nothing that happens once they get on the ground is the same. The ONLY thing the books have going for them that the show doesn’t (yet) is Bellarke.

So there you go, the Unpopular Opinion book tag. I tag Emiesnook to do this tag and anyone else who wants to do it.

Thanks for reading

-maggie

 

Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

 

10576365Title: The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Type: Trilogy

Overall Rating: 5 stars

 

Nonspoilery:

The Darkest Minds is excellent. We follow a young girl named Ruby through a crisis period in the US. Currently children are coming down with “powers” and are being termed Psi Affected Youth. They’re being placed in camps to monitor what’s happening to them and the country is in shambles after the outbreak of Psi. The children fall into 5 color categories, some being much more dangerous than others. This book was thrilling, full of great action and though provoking scenarios of what we might do if something like this ever happened.

Spoilers Ahead:

I loved this book. I picked it up based on a recommendation and thought it was amazing. Right from the beginning we’re thrown into this crazy situation of children being taken from their homes and put into what can only be called concentration camps. There Ruby has managed to pass herself off as a Green instead of a dangerous Orange, but we know it won’t last.

I appreciated that she got out of the camp quickly, even though I wasn’t sure if I trusted Kate. The way Ruby could see into people’s memories was so interesting even though she often did it by accident. But so things got exciting once she split from the group.

Of course how can you not love Liam, Chubs, and Zu? We’re so thankful to Zu from the get go since she lets Ruby hide in betty (the van). I love the way Zu silently communicates things but is still so expressive as a character. From then on our we see Liam and her grow increasingly closer as Chubs continues to express his distaste for them picking her up. And Ruby is still hiding who she is from them.

I appreciated how a girl who is clearly suffering from the trauma of being imprisoned for most of her life in a camp and being constantly afraid of being found out doesn’t fling herself into this big romance because that would be unrealistic. I appreciate that they seem to have a crush on each other and we slowly get to watch her trust with Liam grow over the course of the book and blossom into a romance.

Of course we knew it would come out who she really was and I actually really enjoyed how it did and that it didn’t lead to the usual “you lied to me” drama mid book. I love the way she steps up in the scene with the Skip Tracers to protect the group and then the cute scene afterwards where she think they’ll want her to leave and they don’t care that she’s orange.

Then of course the other big scene is East River, this mysterious paradise they’ve been searching for where the big plot twist is that the president’s son, supposedly the first kid “cured” is the one running it. We find out he’s a dangerous orange and that this place isn’t all it seems. I honestly thought the way he prowled after Ruby was just really strange and uncomfortable, not in a way that made the story bad, but in a way that enhanced the creepiness.

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