Quote of the Week!

“I like music,” she said slowly, “because when I hear it, I . . . I lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play. I’m not . . . for once, I’m not destroying, I’m creating.”
― Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass

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Queen of Shadows Review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

The queen has returned.

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 has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. 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.

My Opinion:

Contains some Spoilers

I know that I keep talking about how amazing Sarah J. Maas and how she is the literal Queen but I honestly can say nothing but good things about her and her books. Queen of Shadows absolutely exceeded my expectations and completely had me torn. In my Throne of Glass review I wrote about how hard I ship Celaena and Chaol but that has completely changed because now I am wholeheartedly devoted to Rowan. Rowan is just so perfect and I can’t get enough of him. In Heir of Fire I really liked him but I was torn because I had loved Chaol so much but now I realize that they were just not right for each other.

Queen of Shadows was great and so action packed that at some points I had trouble following along. I loved being able to look more into Manon’s life and learn about Elide because from the moment she was mentioned I just knew that she would end up being important. In Heir of Fire I wasn’t a fan of Manon’s but now I really like her and I want her to end up with Dorian.

What I also liked about Queen of Shadows was seeing how Aelin was able to pull herself after having met Rowan in Heir of Fire. I also enjoyed seeing Lysandra take control of her life and see a different side to her that I hadn’t seen in The Assassin’s Blade and how much she cares about Evangeline. We also got to learn about some important aspects of her life and how she ended up in the hands of Arobynn and Clarisse.

It was also amazing seeing Dorian be set free from his father and having Aelin restore magic back in the world. There honestly isn’t anything I could say negatively about this book because I loved it so much but then again I am a bit biased when it comes to Sarah J. Maas. I’m so excited for Empire of Storms to see what happens next and I know I’ll be heartbroken when I finish the book because I’ll have to wait until September 5th for the last book and I’m also looking forward to the novella in May.

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

Heir of Fire Review!

 Goodreads Synopsis:
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

My Opinion:

First I have to say that it took me a couple of days to really get into the story, but once I did I could not put the book down like I stayed up late to finish the book. I blame having read The Assassin’s Blade before reading this one and I wasn’t really fond of that book and it kind of ruined the enthusiasm I had while reading Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Once I got over the mini slump I was so into Heir of Fire, like I loved it so much. I was a literal mess while reading the end of Heir of Fire like I probably looked like a crazy person because I was so overwhelmed with the feels. Sarah J. Maas just keeps outdoing herself and I love her for it. Also I’m writing this review while I’m reading Queen of Shadows, so I’m going to try my best not to mix things because I did start reading QoS right after HoF.

I loved the journey that Celaena encountered while in Wendlyn. At first I was getting upset with her because she was starting to give up hope. I’m glad that she didn’t because I love that she’s very strong and determined. I kept wondering when all the secrets of her past were going to be revealed and how she planned on “completing” the mission she was sent on by the King. In this book we learn about Celaena’s/Aelin’s powers and she is taught to control them by like the best person ever, Rowan Whitethorn. I fell in love with Rowan and it’s so crazy to think that for a short while I wanted Celaena/ Aelin to fix things with Chaol because now I ship her with Rowan. Rowan is literally everything, he’s the Rhysand of the Throne of Glass series. As soon as Rowan was introduced I was like there’s her mate although it hasn’t been officially said yet but I could feel it (because I read the ACOTAR series first I knew what the bond felt like and I knew that they just had to be mates). I’m so excited to see how their relationship progresses in Queen of Shadows and in Empire of Storms. I have so many hopes for them and it just drives me crazy. I also can’t wait to see who else finds their mate.

This book introduced a new point of view, Manon Blackbeak, the heir to the Blackbeak clan. At first I didn’t understand and didn’t really like having to read her chapters. Eventually I started to warm up to her and now I don’t really mind reading her chapters, but I might have read some spoilers and I am looking forward to continuing the series to see how the events I read play out.    

This review is like all over the place but that’s just how my mind was when reading Heir of Fire. It will probably be like for a while because I still have a few more Sarah J. Maas books to read and each one is better than the next.  

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys 

December Wrap Up/Haul & January TBR

Since finishing my first semester of college I’ve been able to read a whole lot more. I was really looking forward to this month for many reasons: a break from the torture that is school work, all the reading time I want, and I get to sleep in for as long as I want and not have to worry about being late. In December I ended up reading…

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

This month I have been making a lot of purchases, but it’s the holidays so who can blame me. 😅 This month I only bought three books, the rest of the bookish purchases I made were Funko Pops. I’m trying to collect all of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Pops, so when they go on sale I just can’t resist. The books I bought in December were…

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Case of the Beasts: Explore the Wizardry of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them by Mark Salisbury
  • Lady Midnight (Limited Edition) by Cassandra Clare

I was also gifted books by the co-owner (Melissa), those books were:

  • Trial by Fire by: Josephine Angelini
  • Firewalker by: Josephine Angelini
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

Since we’re in the middle of a Throne of Glass marathon I will be continuing to read the series into the new year. So in January I will be reading…

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

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

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