December Wrap Up/ Haul & January TBR

December was a very exciting reading month for me because I was finally able to start reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I finished my first semester of college so now I have time to read before I have to start school again next month. These are the books I read in December…

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by: William Shakespeare
  • Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by: Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by: Sarah J. Maas

In December I did try to control myself by not getting too many books but that didn’t really happen. Three of the books I got were given to me, one I got for free, and the ones I did buy were really cheap. Also there was a bit of an issue with BookOutlet and I ended up receiving the same order of books I made twice so I did give two of them to Wilmarilys but she already had a copy of Gathering Darkness so I didn’t give her that one. By the way, I also did end up getting 7 funko pops. Anyway, in December I ended up getting…

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by: J.K. Rowling (gifted to my by my sister)
  • Hidden by: P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
  • Gathering Darkness by: Morgan Rhodes (2 copies)
  • Trial by Fire by: Josephine Angelini
  • Firewalker by: Josephine Angelini
  • A Monster Calls: The Art and Vision Behind the Film by: Desirée De Fez (sent to me)
  • Outlander by: Diana Gabaldon (gifted to me by Wilmarilys) (hardcover)
  • Outlander by: Diana Gabaldon (mass-market paperback)
  • Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare (limited edition)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook by: Rick Barba

In January I plan on finishing the Throne of Glass series and maybe a few other books so I’ll be reading…

  • Queen of Shadows by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Three Dark Crowns by: Kendare Blake
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The Assassin’s Blade Review

Goodreads Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My Opinion:

I know that I always talk about how amazing Sarah J. Maas is and I still feel the same way but The Assassin’s Blade definitely did not meet my expectations. I enjoyed the book and I did give it a good review but I felt very conflicted while I was reading The Assassin’s Blade. The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of 5 novellas that are told in sequence and even though they are 5 separate novellas, because they are told in sequence they just felt like one book but I felt as though some of the novellas were kind of pointless; in particular The Assassin and the Healer. I didn’t really see the purpose of that novella and I felt as though it was a filler and I could have done without out. While there were good parts to the book, I felt as though a lot of things just dragged on. My favorite novellas were The Assassin and the Pirate Lord because I loved reading about how Celaena helped free 200 slaves with the help of Sam and I also enjoyed The Assassin and the Empire because it explained how Celaena ended up in Endovier.

I feel as though a lot of problems I had with the book were simply because of the sequence in which I started reading the Throne of Glass series. Someone had recommended to me in the past that I read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight before reading The Assassin’s Blade so we chose to do that. The ending of Crown of Midnight had been so amazing so I really didn’t feel like going in the past and seeing what had happened to Celaena before all of the events of Throne of Glass. Due to Crown of Midnight being so amazing, I just wanted to know what happened in Heir of Fire so before even starting The Assassin’s Blade, I already didn’t want to read it. I had also read of review of someone saying that The Assassin’s Blade would be so emotional and that I would get very attached to Sam but I didn’t because I already knew that something had happened to him. While I did like Sam, I’m a strong shipper of Celaena and Chaol and all I could think about was how I wanted her with Chaol. It was very sad reading about what happened to Sam but I just had no real connection with him and I feel as though the relationship between Celaena and Chaol could have been developed more because after The Assassin and the Pirate Lord it was as though Celaena just randomly got feelings for Sam.

There were just some issues that I had with some of the things that happened. I did love reading about the betrayals that were present in all of the novellas except The Assassin and the Healer because no betrayal really happened there. While I didn’t have a lot of feelings for Sam it was nice reading about how he impacted her life. It was extremely difficult to give a review for this book because I love Sarah J. Maas so much that I didn’t want to give her anything less than 5 stars and while I didn’t give her 5 stars for The Assassin’s Blade I did give the book 4 stars even though it is a 3 to 3.5 stars book.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

Crown of Midnight Review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Opinion:

As Melissa wrote in her Throne of Glass review Sarah J. Maas is the Queen and we literally talk about this all the time. How could we have lived in a world where we have not picked up a Sarah J. Maas book. I don’t exactly remember how we found out about the ACOTAR Series (Melissa probably told me about it, but whenever she tells me about books I should read I kinda forget that she told me about them and then she gets mad at me but whateves), but I’m extremely happy that I have read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury because those books were absolutely incredible and I can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin!!!

After finishing Throne of Glass I immediately began Crown of Midnight, well when I woke up the next day, but anyways when I started reading CoM I wasn’t sure what to expect after Celaena had been appointed as the King’s Champion. I knew that the King would obviously sent her out on missions but I was completely surprised by what Celaena had actually been doing every time she went out to do the King’s bidding. I noticed her change in personality/attitude in the first book, but I did not think that she had changed that much from the person she use to be. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad that she did, but it took me by surprise. What also took me by surprise was how quickly she was to attack the love of her life. I kept trying to piece together all of the evidence she had found, to try to figure out how Celaena was going to destroy the evil that lurks in the castle, but I could never piece everything together because things were constantly changing, secrets kept being revealed.

After reading the first book I got suspicious about a couple of things mentioned about some of the characters history and lineage. This book definitely answered them and confirmed some of my suspicions. While reading I noticed some clues that help me piece together some speculations and the ending of this book was literally everything. I just want to keep reading the series and I don’t want it to ever stop. I want Sarah to write about the Fae like Cassandra Clare writes about Shadowhunters, I want more series that allow me to dive right back into the Fae world. I know Sarah is already booked for many years and I can’t wait because I love everything Sarah writes.        

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

Throne of Glass Review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Opinion:

I honestly don’t even know how to describe how I felt about this book other than that I thought that it was absolutely fantastic. I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas and I’m so thankful that I was able to meet her in June because she’s just so incredible and she did not at all let me down when I read Throne of Glass. Previous to Throne of Glass I had read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury and ACOMAF put me in the biggest reading slump. Since reading the book in June I just haven’t been able to find a book that I’ve like as much but Throne of Glass really did it.

Throne of Glass had me feeling so many different emotions as i read the book because just when you think that one thing is going to happen, it just completely goes a different way than you thought it would. I had heard a lot of high praise for this book and it exceeded any expectations that I had for it. I felt so anxious while reading Throne of Glass because there was a bit of a love triangle that both Celaena and Chaol did not know that they were in and it drove me crazy. I felt so many emotions especially in regards to Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol because I wanted her to be with this specific person and it seemed as though it was going to go in the opposite direction that I thought but then it yet again went another way. I also loved reading about the different tests that Celaena had to overcome to try to become the King’s Champion. It was also very suspenseful trying to find out who or what was committing the murders in the castle. I was just constantly on the edge of my seat and the book had me dying to know what would happen next.

I cannot give enough praise for this book and I definitely recommend for everyone to read it even if they aren’t a huge reader. Before reading any of Sarah’s books I was a huge fan of YA contemporary but her writing has changed my reading tastes so much and now I don’t even know why I was so obsessed with YA contemporary. I consider Sarah J. Maas the Queen and she is now my favorite author because I do not know how she does it.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

Throne of Glass Readathon!

Since discovering the amazing Sarah J. Maas earlier this year, we have been wanting to read the Throne of Glass series. We absolutely loved reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and the sequel A Court of Mist and Fury, which by the way is one of our favorite and we will never get tired of saying that. We decided to enjoy our first college winter break by marathoning the Throne of Glass series. We would love it if any of you guys want to join us in marathoning the series with us. We are starting to read the series next week and we made a calendar to make sure we would be able to read the entire series during our break.

Throne of Glass: December 19 to December 22

Crown of Midnight: December 23 to December 27

The Assassin’s Blade: December 28 to January 1

Heir of Fire: January 2 to January 7

Queen of Shadows: January 8 to January 14

Empire of Storms: January 15 to January 21

And on January 22 we’ll be posting our reaction to the entire Throne of Glass series!!!

P.S. we are thinking of maybe starting a youtube channel, but we still aren’t sure, let us know what you guys think 😊

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

– Wilmarilys & Melissa

The F-It List Review!

It took me a while but I finally finished reading The F-It List by Julie Halpern. I think I’m falling into a reading stump, which isn’t good because we plan on marathoning the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas next month. Anyways The F-It List isn’t a long book and normally I could’ve finished it in a day, but something about it made me take forever to read it. I thought that the book was extremely cliche and very predictable. Lately I’ve been really into reading fantasy novels, mainly because of ACOMAF but still. I love reading cute little contemporary novels, but I think I’m going to take a short break from them and maybe I’ll want to get back to them later.

The F-It List was another cancer related novel. In this story the main character, Alex does not have cancer, her best friend, Becca does. Her best friend also has a bucket list, which they end up calling the f-it list because Alex doesn’t like that Becca calls it a bucket list as if she were about to die. Alex and Becca fought constantly but always made up. The last fight they had was at Alex’s father’s funeral and it lasted until Alex was told that her best friend had cancer. Knowing Becca had cancer made whatever they were fighting about seem insignificant and pointless.

Like I mentioned earlier this story is a cliche so there is a love story mixed in with the cancer and grieving. Alex has a hard to grieving her father’s death and her family takes a while to notice because her mom is busy being her twin brothers chauffeur. It may not seem like Alex has time to grieve her dad’s death in between working, going to school, helping Becca with her “bucket list”,  and helping her mom out around the house while she isn’t home. Alex may be filling in all of her time with those activities on purpose so she won’t have time to grieve her father’s death because they were extremely close and it would hurt her too much. She chooses to obsess over horror movies about gory deaths instead.

She chooses a similar approach when it comes to love. She doesn’t believe that anyone will love her. She started to lose the ability to love. She secretly crushed on this boy, Leo and when he finally noticed her, they started casually seeing each other. They started to develop feelings for each other but they didn’t really show them. Their relationship was slightly aggravating to me, mainly because they had trouble admitting their feelings for each other. I was frustrated while reading about the both of them being together. I believe that their relationship was flawed from the beginning. It was extremely difficult for me to understand the connection between the characters.  

The book overall wasn’t terrible and I’m glad I finally read it because I have been wanting to read it for a really long time. I really wish I would have read the book in one sitting, it took me a couple of days because I was having a hard time getting into it. The book inspires people to not take life for granted.  

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys