Top Five Friday: Quotes

Hello, everyone! It’s been awhile since I have done a Top Five Friday, so I thought today would be as good a time as any to bring it back! Since I am currently in Colorado and don’t have much free time, I am going to keep this one short and sweet: my top 5 favorite quotes!

5.) “I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.” -Veronica Roth, Divergent

4.) “He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.” -Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Curse

3.) “You’re so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.” -John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

2.) “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

1.) “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

There are so many wonderful quotes from books out there, but these are 5 that have definitely resonated with me ever since I read them! What is one of your favorite quotes?

Review: Passenger

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Passenger

By: Alexandra Bracken

Pages: 486

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Time Travel, YA Romance

Personal Age Rating: 15+

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

My Review (spoiler free!):

“Look lively, we’ve a journey to make.”

Passenger was everything I wanted and everything I didn’t know I needed. This novel is truly stunning, filled with a captivating story, beautiful prose and wonderful main characters. I had high expectations going into this book because it is written by one of my favorite authors, Alexandra Bracken, but I had little knowledge on what specifically this book was about. After reading Passenger, I can best characterize it as a treasure hunt through time, filled with an epic romance and a lot of historical information: both real history and fictitious time travel history. This book is more focused on the historical impact of time travel rather than the scientific elements of it, which made it unique to other time travel books I have read and in my opinion, better. The story revolves around the main characters: Etta, a seventeen year old violinist from New York in 2015, and Nicholas, a pirate currently residing on the high seas of the Atlantic in 1776. This book is emotional, engrossing, and leaves you desperately awaiting the sequel to the dualogy.

If you have read Alexandra Bracken’s  dystopian trilogy, The Darkest Minds, you know she has a knack for weaving words in the most impossibly beautiful way. Bracken really stepped up her game in this novel… the writing is even better and more profound than that of her previous books, but it also shows a different facet of her talent. While The Darkest Minds is narrorated in first person and is filled to the brim with fast-paced action, Passenger is told in third-person and is definitely a slower paced read. I’ve noticed that many YA readers seem to have an aversion to slower paced books, but I can’t understand why. Just because a story just takes more time to establish and gives more information to process doesn’t make it bad! In this case, it just allows readers to soak the story in and enjoy the beautiful writing and fantastic plot. Point being: Don’t refuse to give this book a shot if you have heard it is slow and you are an action reader. You will miss out!

Another obvious strength of Passenger is the romance. Although romances typically add to a book’s enjoyment level, the romantic relationship between Nicholas and Etta truly enhanced the plot and the characters themselves. Nicholas is honorable, intelligent, and stoic, although sensitive when he lets his guard down. Etta is fierce and determined, but still kindhearted. Because of the way the differences and similarities of the characters collided, I literally fell in love with the idea of Etta and Nicholas being together from the moment they met, and I continued to root for them throughout the novel. Both Etta and Nicholas are struggling with different guilts, goals, and shortcomings, and it is beautiful to see both characters overcome, or wish to overcome these obstacles in order to be together. There are also a lot of really great messages that are (mostly) communicated through the romantic relationship that I was happy to see. Their love is one that transcends all boundaries, and I really, really adored their relationship. Definitely one of my new favorite literary couples!

Something that makes this story so exciting is that it seems as if anything can happen. You never know where the story will go next! From oceans, to jungles, to the 1500s-modern day, this story truly travels all over the world AND all over time. It gave me serious wanderlust! In addition, the world created in Passenger as it relates to time travel is intricate and unique to anything I have ever read before. It is obvious that a lot of time and thought went into planning and executing the novel.

And of course, since it’s me, I have to add I love the literary elements in this book. There is a significant amount of subtle foreshadowing that comes into play later in the book that is very important. And also, since it’s still me, I have to commend Alexandra Bracken for the insane amount of research that must have gone into writing this book!

My only complaint about this book is that I would have liked to see Etta & Nicholas interact with more characters throughout their journey. Bracken is GREAT at writing characters, so I was disappointed that this book revolved so heavily around the MCs.

I am beyond excited for Wayfarer, the final book in this dualogy! I think it has potential to be even better than Passenger, which is definitely going to be a difficult feat!

If you have read Passenger, what is your favorite scene? One of my favorites has to be Etta and Nicholas’s first conversation aboard his ship. I really adored how much respect they already had for each other in that moment!

Thank you for reading my review! I appreciate all of your support!

<3, Brittany

 

 

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

The year of 2016 promises some really exciting releases! Although I have way more than the ten on my list for the year, I thought it would be fun to count down my top 10 anticipated releases of 2016! Here they are:

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10.) The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Release Date: January 26th

This book is the only on my list by an unfamiliar author, but it has received a lot of hype amongst the bookstagram community and has an interesting premise. I have heard it is like a contemporary, fantasy, and time travel novel combined into one, and it has a lighthearted tone while still including deep themes. I am looking forward to giving this one a go! Also, look at that beautiful cover!!

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9.) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Release Date: July 26th

Kasie West has rightfully earned her spot on my “favorite authors” list after I read and rated three of her contemporaries with five stars in 2015. I cannot wait for her new release this upcoming year promising an adorable romance, as usual!

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8.) The Crown by Kiera Cass

Release Date: May 3rd

Although the Selection series is not my absolute favorite, and I find Eadlyn to be rather bratty, I am looking forward to the fifth and final installment of the Selection series to see how things wrap up. And also for Kile, because I do have a particular liking for Kile. I find these books to be quick and fun reads, so I will definitely be looking forward to when May rolls around!

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7.) The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Release Date: May 3rd

Morgan Matson is one of my top authors and wrote one of my favorite contemporaries of all time, Since You’ve Been Gone. Matson has a way to tell a compelling story with awesome characters while still conveying a deep, relatable, and inspiring message, which is why I seem to love all her stories. I am looking forward to seeing how she does it again this time!

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Release Date: May 3rd

My third anticipated release on May 3rd in a row! Anyway, after being slightly disappointed with Magnus Chase, I was thrilled when Rick announced he would be taking us back to the Percy Jackson canon, but this time, from the perspective of a god! Since Apollo is one of my favorites, I cannot wait to hear his story and see how Rick manages to tie Percabeth in (because that’s definitely going to happen. Right, Rick? Right.).

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5.) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: February 2nd

Although Marissa Meyer did a FANTASTIC job wrapping up the stories of each character in Winter, I am looking forward to this bind-up on novellas to add to The Lunar Chronicles series! I absolutely love these characters and their interactions and I am definitely hoping to see a Kai & Cinder wedding and some of Thorne & Cress’s travels across the world!

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The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Release Date: August 2nd

I read both The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal this year and became completely hooked on The Remnant Chronicles, a high fantasy series following a bride that runs away on her wedding day. This series becomes more complex and compelling with each book and I am looking forward to seeing how things resolve in the final book… Pearson left us hanging!

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3.) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5th

I am so happy I do not have to wait long for this one, especially since it got pushed back from its original 2015 release date to 2016! Alex is truly one of those authors that I would read anything she writes. She weaves complex characters and intricate storylines into such a beautiful and unique writing style. I absolutely loved The Darkest Minds trilogy that I started back in early 2014 and am looking forward to see what she does with this time travel book!!

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2.) The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: March 29th

When I started The Winner’s Curse last January, I had no idea how quickly the series would climb up on my favorites list. This story of Kestrel is filled with exquisite writing and tangible feelings. This series is absolutely incredible and I am looking forward to the ending of this fantastic trilogy!

1.) Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 6th

Of course, my most anticipated book of the year is the one that is still without a cover. I cannot explain to you how excited I am for this book!! I am so in love with this series and the wonderful world and characters Maas has created. I am beyond excited to see where Aelin’s story goes next!

And that concludes my current most anticipated releases of the year! Which book are you looking forward to the most in 2016? I would love to know! Thanks again for reading!

<3, Brittany

My FAVORITE Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe this year is already coming to a close… its seems like just yesterday I was picking up my first read of the year! I managed to read 47 books this year amidst ACT testing, college applications, and a hectic, fun-filled senior year, so I am definitely content with that. Out of all that I read this year, the following seven books and series have easily elevated to the top of my list and shine above the rest! Here they are:

1.) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is a quartet of sci-fi fairytale retellings of the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Although I am not an avid sci-fi reader, I love fairytales, and decided to read this series after hearing so much hype about it. I marathoned the first three books, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress as my first read of the year. I am beyond happy I decided to to give them a try!

My favorite thing about the Lunar Chronicles is the camaraderie of the incredible cast of characters. I love the unique personalities of each of the characters and their hilarious banter. This is especially evident in Winter, the most recent addition to the series! This is also a series that definitely improves with each book. I found myself enjoying each book more and more as I read! And of course, all the couples are so cute! Especially Thorne & Cress, one of my new OTPs… *heart eye emoji* I highly recommend this series!

2.) The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse was a complete cover buy for me during Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale last year, because the *original* covers are absolutely gorgeous! I had no idea I would fall in love with the story inside as much as I did after reading it last January.

The Winner’s Curse is a high fantasy novel that is filled with political intrigue, strategy, an angsty romance, and BEAUTIFUL writing. Truly, the writing is poetic and gorgeous and made me fall in love with Ms. Rutkoski as an author. The Winner’s Crime, the sequel released last March, is even better than its predecessor and is filled with MORE angst, politics, and heartbreak. The Winner’s Crime left us on a massive cliffhanger, so it is an understatement to say I am looking forward to the release The Winner’s Kiss this upcoming year!

3.) The Distance Between Us (and other novels) by Kasie West

I am beyond picky when it comes to YA contemporary novels, so it is always a pleasant surprise when I come across a contemporary author that leaves me feeling fulfilled at the conclusion of each of their books. Kasie West managed to give me this feeling THREE times this year, once for each of her books! The Distance Between Us, however, was definitely my favorite. West writes clean, adorable contemporaries that give readers what they want… the romance! The love interest is always introduced within the first few pages and the endings are never rushed. The dialogue is beyond adorable and I flew through each of her books in a day. Kasie West has easily turned into one of my auto-buy authors, and I know I can turn to her books whenever I am in need of a cutesy romance!

4.) The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

The question always seems to present itself… “If you could only pick ONE favorite book or series from this past year, which would it be?” This one, my friends. Definitely this one.

Marathoning these books over the summer was one of the best choices I have ever made. I absolutely fell in love with the plot, characters, and complex fantasy world Maas has created. Each book expands the scope of the plot and introduces even more characters to adore. This series is easily one of my all-time favorites! Celaena is one of my favorite female protagonists and I admire her strength and vulnerability.  I can’t gush about this series enough. It will make you laugh, cry, gasp, and scream… at least I definitely did!

5.) Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

My favorite contemporary read of the year, among the lovely stories of Kasie West! It was difficult for me to review this book because it was highly emotional for me on a personal level. This book is told from the perspective of the best friend of a country music superstar who goes on tour with her for the summer. When I was younger, I wanted to be a country music singer. In addition, this book really hit me in the feels as a Taylor Swift fan. It’s basically like reading from the perspective of being Taylor’s best friend which was the young Brittany’s dream.

In addition to satisfying my Taylor Swift feels, this road-trip book is also filled with humor, a swoon-worthy romance, and a strong female friendship. I don’t think this book is right for everyone, and might be a mediocre read for some, but for me, it was truly the perfect contemporary read! If you would like to read my review (which I think covers the book pretty well), it is on my Goodreads!

6.) The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception was one of my last reads over summer break and The Heart of Betrayal was one of my last reads of the year. This fantasy trilogy is absolutely incredible! The world building is absolutely spectacular and I love the main character, Lia. The series is written to allow the reader to figure out a lot of the plot points before the protagonist. There is a love triangle, which usually I am not a fan of, but this one is done extremely well. The love triangle is actually important to carry on the story as a whole. I have liked both Rafe and Kaden, the two love interests, at different points in the series and am looking forward to seeing how things resolve in the third book, The Beauty of Darkness. There are so many ways this series can go! If you are a Throne of Glass fan and have not yet picked this up, definitely do so! I have a review of The Kiss of Deception posted to my Goodreads and a full review for The Heart of Betrayal on the blog.

7.) Sekret by Lindsey Smith

Sekret is one of the books I read this year that truly took me by surprise. I met Lindsey Smith at a book signing earlier this spring and picked up a copy of her book as soon as I heard the synopsis. I am a big fan of historical fiction, so a psychic espionage novel set in the Soviet Union during the Cold War completely captured my interest. Secret did not disappoint!

I mentioned in my review (see previous blog posts) that Sekret is written like a puzzle. All the pieces are given to you in the beginning, and as the novel progresses, everything starts to come together in the cohesive picture. I appreciated that Sekret was written for an intelligent audience, and Smith didn’t feel the need to “dumb down” the historical aspects of the novel. I was able to follow well, but if there was something I didn’t know, I was able to research it.

Yulia is an awesome female protagonist and is extremely perceptive, which makes reading from her perspective interesting. The love interest, Valentin, is absolutely swoon-worthy and SO interesting. I would recommend this book to any historical fiction lover, especially if you are a fan of espionage and Russian history! The second book in the duality, Skandal, is also interesting, but Sekret is by far my favorite!

 

That concludes my list of favorite books from 2015! What is the best book you read in 2015? Thanks so much for reading!

<3, Brittany

 

 

Review: The Heart of Betrayal

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The Heart of Betrayal

By: Mary E. Pearson

Pages: 470

Genre: YA Fantasy

Personal Age Rating: 14+

Rating: 4.75/5 stars

Synopsis:

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia’s life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There’s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

My Review:

“The rules of reason build towers that reach past the treetops. The rules of trust build towers that reach past the stars.”

The Heart of Betrayal is the exciting sequel to The Kiss of Deception, the first book in a young adult fantasy series that took the book community by storm last year. I read The Kiss of Deception this past summer and immensely enjoyed it, but did not pick up the sequel until now, and I am so glad I finally did.

This book elevates the intensity of the series to an entirely new level. The stakes are set incredibly high now that Lia and Rafe have been taken captive by the Vendans, and Lia must make sacrifices she never imagined possible. Because of this, The Heart of Betrayal takes on a tangible intensity that its predecessor lacked. This book is better than the first in almost every aspect: Extensive world-building, a more intriguing and all-encompassing plot, difficult choices that result in character development, and of course, unforeseen and bitter betrayal. Although the first book was by no means “lighthearted”, it certainly would be considered so compared to The Heart of Betrayal.

What I loved about this sequel was that it addressed all the things I wished for in my review for The Kiss of Deception. Let’s take a look back at my review this past July:

My only complaint about this book would be that the the plot is a bit weighted down by the love triangle. I have no problem with love triangles; I just feel that this story has so much potential to be solely focused on the love triangle. I am hoping that the next book allows a bit more world-building and character development, because the characters and world are already so rich and interesting.

A less prominent romance (focus on the plot), more character development, and fleshing out the wonderful fantasy world Ms. Pearson had created? This book gave all these things and more. I will discuss the romance in the spoilery section, but for now I will say that the romance took the backseat to the plot this time around, even becoming relevant and necessary to drive the plot itself. We were able to see Lia develop as a character, but yet there is still room for development in the last book. She is perceptive, intelligent, and strong-willed, but yet still compassionate and loving. We were able to learn Kaden’s backstory, which definitely makes you understand his behavior and even causes you sympathize with him. The only character we see little development from is Rafe, but I am expecting that in the next book. He got more time in the spotlight in The Kiss of Deception, anyway. And then we get to explore the supposedly savage kingdom of Venda, which is incredibly interesting and drenched with culture and history.

The last thing I will say in the “non-spoilery” section of this review that the history of the kingdoms weaves together in an interesting way throughout this novel. Lia comes to several realizations and it is fun to piece together the information as she does.

My only complaint about this book is that it had a tendency to be a bit slow, unlike its predecessor. I think the book could have included a lot more action or been much shorter, but it was still a fantastic book either way.

Overall, I highly recommend this series, it just continues to get better and better! Please do not read below unless you want to be spoiled or have already read The Heart of Betrayal!

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Review: Sekret

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By: Lindsay Smith

Pages: 341

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Paranormal

Personal Age Rating: 15+

Rating: 4.75/5 stars

Synopsis:

Yulia knows she must hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia. But if she sometimes manipulates the black market traders by reading their thoughts when she touches their skin, so what? Anything to help her survive.

Russia’s powerful spy agency, the KGB, is recruiting young people with mind-reading capabilities for their psychic espionage program. Their mission: protect the Soviet space program from American CIA spies. Why shouldn’t the KGB use any means necessary to make the young psychic cooperate? Anything to beat the American capitalist scum to the moon.

Yulia is a survivor. She won’t be controlled by the KGB, who want to harness her abilities for the State with no regard for her own hopes and dreams. She won’t let handsome Sergei plan her life as a member of elite Soviet society, or allow brooding Valentin to consume her with his dangerous mind and even more dangerous ideas. And she certainly won’t become the next victim of the powerful American spy who can scrub a brain raw—and seems to be targeting Yulia.

My Review:

“You’ll be here longer than you like, you know. But not so long that you’ll lose yourself. I’m confident you’ll find your way.”

A psychic espionage novel set in Cold War era Russia? Consider me intrigued. Sekret perfectly blends history with paranormal elements to create a fictitious story that feels as if it could have actually happened in the Soviet Union in 1963.

It has been a while since the first book in a debut series has gotten me this excited. I am enamored by Lindsey Smith’s storytelling and the extent of research that was invested into making this book such a vivid representation of Communist Russia. The descriptions in this book allow for a perfect mental picture of the events as they play out. Sekret is a fresh breath of air in the Young Adult genre… it blends several YA tropes with innovative new ideas in order to create a book that is crisp and unique.

Yulia is recruited by the KGB when it is discovered that she can read the minds of the people she touches. The KGB is using teenage spies, second generation psychics, to protect the Soviet space program from American spies. Yulia, the daughter of a geneticist and biologist, is a smart, determined protagonist who uses her abilities and common sense to reason and solve problems. Yulia’s first priority is to protect her family, which is a concept that plays a vital role in this novel, but then spends the rest of the novel attempting to escape the KGB. Naturally, action and deception ensue.

Sekret is crafted like a puzzle; all the pieces are given to you, jumbled up in the beginning, but by the end of the book the picture is perfectly clear. Because of this, the first 100 pages or so can be confusing because of the massive amount of information given and characters introduced in a small time frame. Don’t let this turn you away: everything starts to make sense as the novel progresses. Characters become unique and differentiable, questions are answered, and the plot becomes clear. I appreciate that this book is written with an intelligent audience in mind. Smith assumes her readers have a common knowledge about Communist Russia, and that if they don’t know something, they will look it up (what a concept). Smith also does not feel the need to reiterate plot points and is able to drop subtle foreshadowing hints without giving the twists away, which is something that many YA authors have failed to master. I guessed one of the plot twists (yay!) but it was because I actually used my brain to figure it out, not because it was spelled out in the text.

Disclaimer: There is a love triangle, but it is not overbearing. It almost doesn’t even feel like a love triangle because it is obvious who Yulia wants to be with and there is evident chemistry between her that specific character. The romance is really sweet and extremely interesting with the psychic dynamic, but definitely takes second stage to the plot. I really like Yulia’s love interest and the complexity of his character. In fact, all the characters are wonderful and complex and add to the story in some way, even if it doesn’t seem like they will from the beginning.

Overall, Sekret is a fantastically written novel that is engrossing, thrilling, and deceptive. This book will require you to think, but if you are willing to put in the effort, I believe you will find it extremely enjoyable! I highly recommend Sekret and am looking forward to reading Skandal as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!

Review: Queen of Shadows

Well hello, my friends! It’s been almost two months since I have updated my blog and I am terribly sorry. Thank you all for sticking with me! I went on vacation, started my senior year of high school, and have been very busy keeping up with life. However, a book was recently released that I finished and LOVED and will be reviewing it today… Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Mass!

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By: Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 645

Genre: YA Fantasy

Personal Age Rating: 15+

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Review:

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save for the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph”

Queen of Shadows is the highly anticipated fourth installment to the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This novel combines the expected amount of thrilling action and adventure that readers of the Throne of Glass series have come to love as well as introducing an exciting cast of characters to add to the already incredible and diverse group that fans of the series have come to adore. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I adore this series. Which is why you’re probably thinking: Why didn’t she give this book five stars?? Don’t get me wrong, I feel as if the book was definitely the most exciting and action-packed of the series, but I also feel that it is heavily lacking in the character development department.

Also, this is a side note, but I wanted to leave it out of the spoiler section. I would HIGHLY recommend reading The Assassin’s Blade novellas before reading Queen of Shadows. A lot of the content in this book references and pertains to the novellas and it will definitely enhance your QoS reading experience if you have those stories under your belt.

Do not read on if you have not yet read Queen of Shadows. There WILL be spoilers ahead, and I do NOT want to spoil you. Beyond this point is more of a spoilery discussion than a true “review”. Please, please go read this series, and then come back so we can talk about it! Because this book certainly left me with a lot to say.

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