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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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I’ve still got book reviews to do!

I got a signed copy of this one and OMGEEEEEEE it’s so pretty!

Blurb:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. 

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what — and who — to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

OMG WHY DOES SARAH PLAY WITH MY FEELS SO MUCH?!?!

Aelin is on her way to get her throne back but Aelin has a lot to prove herself. She can’t get her throne, not yet so she goes off to find an army and to get her old enemies back into her good books. By her side is Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra. But things are happening back at Ardalan too. An attack on the palace and its town by the witches looks like its the end for Dorian Havillard but, for a life debt, Manon Blackbeak let’s him escape, basically putting the death sentence above her head. 

Dorian ends up with Aelin and the others in Skulls Bay where he meets Captain Rolfe, (who we’ve met in Assassins Blade.) At first he’s reluctant to help Aelin, considering the past when he knew her as Celeana, but with the persuasion of the others, including Aedion’s father,  Gavriel,  and Fenrys, Captain Rolfe agrees.

With Manon in front of the witches, trying to lie her way out of what happened, Its Asterin the witches ask to pay the price of Manon’s betrayal. But Manon knows the truth about her heritage and things are about to happen. Going against her Grandmother and the other witches, Manon buys her Thirteen time to run while she attacks her Grandmother. But it does go wrong for Manon. Her thirteen escape but she gets injured. Jumping on Abraxos’ back, she manages to flew, telling him to get her safety.

Which just so happens to be the boat that Aelin is on. 

Everyone manages to put their differences aside, after a few heated moments between them, and agree to put aside their differences and help one another.

Meanwhile, Elide Lochlan is trying to find Celeana to give her the thing that Kaltain Rompier gave to her. During her journey she comes across Lorcan, the demi fae whose Maeve’s right hand man. He still has his grudge against Aelin, still determined to kill her. The pair he of on the wrong foot but after a while they start to appreciate each other and Lorcan actually finds a softer side to him. Their journey is also leading them towards Aelin and the others but there’s a price over Lorcan’s head… One the Gavriel and Fenrys must obey.

When they all get together, there’s fighting and snarling but they do manage to put that behind them too, especially with Maeve’s fleet on the way. 

The fight is big, like epic big! Manon and Aelin learn the truth about Elena and the price she paid for what she did all those years ago. With a heavy heart, Manon and Aelin return. Right into the path of Maeve who has Elide. Aelin knows she has to fight but her powers are depleted after the fight that already happened. Truths are revealed and sacrifices must be done… But who will be the sacrifice and who will have their heart broken?

Okay I know the summary isn’t that great but I can’t give stuff away.

Aelin is just as great as ever and her relationship with Rowan is stronger than ever. Especially that scene on the beach! Together they are a force to be reckoned with and Rowan will put his life on the line for her. Knowing the truth about them broke my heart. I’m not ruining it but god! Maeve is a bitch! What she did was horrible! And a broken hearted Rowan is like a sucker punch in the feels

Lysandra and Aedion are getting closer too, not sure if its going down that way but I kinda hope so, although what happened at the end and what Lysandra was going to do, kinda makes it hard in them getting together. I love Lysandra’s shape shifting abilities and how she help Aelin in anyway she can. I did want to slap Aedion a few times, especially when he kept doubting everything Aelin did. 

Manon and Dorian! OMG Manorian! God damn I’ve wanted them to get together since they first met! Dorian has grown a bit more in this book, embracing his powers and showing that he can be a leader. They tried to keep him out of harms away a lot but he showed he was strong by using his powers. Manon has always been a favourite character for me. Unlike the other witches, she kinda has a conscience, thinks about things before she follows and questions things. I like how Manon and Aelin sort of got a friendship going between them and I love how Manon and Dorian snipe and tease each other. Can’t wait to see what happens to those two in the last book.

Elide and Lorcan… God the cranky fae finally unthawed! The dynamic between those two! At first I thought I was imaging it between them but they’ve got chemistry. I liked watching Lorcan unthaw and realising that there is a life outside of Maeve. He grew on me a lot. Except for the end when I thought BASTARD! But I got a feeling something is going to happen in the last book and he did feel genuinely upset about what he’d done after he learnt the truth. I hope we get to see more Elide and Lorcan in book 6.

Fenrys and Gavriel are great. They may have been sworn to Maeve but I loved how they went onto the side of Aelin. Gavriel is trying to make amends with Aedion and I kinda wish he would just listen to him. Fenrys was great, kinda think he had a little thing for Aelin, but I’m sure Rowan would have shut it down haha. Fenrys can winnow, something that happens in the ACOTAR books so I’m thinking something is going on there.. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose!

Overall this book tore me apart, put me back together and then tore me apart all over again. Damn it Maas why do you do this?!?! Why do you do this?!?!

The ending to the book was tore me apart! I just… I can’t.

This is the reason why Sarah J Maas is my favourite all time author because she can make you feel so many things and she transports you into her world from the first page and the men…THE MEN!! GOD! haha 

If you’ve read the TOG books then definetly make sure you have tissues when you read this book, if you haven’t read the books then please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Can’t believe the next book is the last one! I better have a happy Aelin and Rowan ending!

5 out of 5 stars

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Top 10 books of 2016

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I forgot to do my top 10 of 2015 books so I thought I’d do one for last year! Now it was really hard but, if I’m honest I knew what my top 3 would be haha so here we go (all book reviews for these books are available on my blog too!):
NUMBER 10

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway


This book was so sweet. I loved everything from start to finish, it was a real feel good book, great for a summer read!

Number 9

The Rose Society by Marie Lu


The second book to the Young Elites trilogy. Just as amazing as the first and full of epic scenes. Cannot wait to read the final book!
Number 8

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


I am still in love with the world of Shadowhunters (despite the TV show… That I am not so keen on!) Cassandra Clare made a great start to another generation of shadowhunters. Can’t wait for book 2
Book 7

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon


God this book broke me and remade me! Its one of the best books I’ve read and I cannot wait for it to become a movie! 
Book 6

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child


Yes it was a book of the script, yes it wasn’t actually a book and yes it was kind of fanfiction-y but WHO CARES?! It was Harry Potter and I loved it!
Book 5

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


The second book did not disappoint one bit! God it was so good but the cliffhanger!!! GAH the third book is needed NOW!
Book 4

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson 

GOD! This book was brilliant. I laughed and cried and became so invested in the characters… Its a book you definetly must read!
Book 3

Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi


Yep its three books but I’m classing the trilogy as one haha! God where to begin… The way it was beautifully written, the way I love Warner, the book covers!! Brilliant trilogy!
Book 2

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

SARAH J MAAS IS QUEEN! The feels, the pain, the love, THE FEELS! And that ending… ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME?!?! Oh and Rowan… ROWAN!
Book 1

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Again… SARAH J MAAS IS QUEEN! God this book gave me the biggest book hangover ever! The feels, the pain, the feels, the pain. And Rhysand. RHYSAND! And Chapter 55… CHAPTER 55 *DIES*
So those were my best books.. Some for the sequel to another book and other were standalones but they were the best. If you have chance to read any of them please do! 

Wonder what 2017 will bring!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Blurb:

FEYRE IS IMMORTAL.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargaining she made with Rhysand, the High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any Queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide he fate.

SHE MUST SURRENDER HER HEART TO HEAL A WORLD TORN IN TWO.

Oh holy everything!!!

Before I even begin to review the epicness that is this book I will just tell you a few things:

1. I am not going to be able to due this book justice with my review.

2. As much as I want to spoil it I won’t

3. I have permission from a few friends to use there Goodreads reviews to help me.

4. I am going to fangirl a lot and use words like OMG and AJSBEHAJAODBDNSP!

Okay so here we go!

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) follows on from the first book (A Court of Thorns and Roses).

Feyre saved the Fae world in the last book and because of that, she’s gotten powers from all the courts. Powers that Tamlin will not let her unlock for fear of her being hunted.

Life seems pretty well, she’s about to get married to Tamlin soon and she hopes that once they are, the mating bond will kick in. But Feyre can’t forget what she had to do Under the Mountain and it haunts her dreams every night. Then there’s also the bargain she made with Rhysand and who knows when he’ll cash in with that.

But Feyre needs to get away and Rhysand is the only one who can do that. While spending her time with Rhysand she learns a few truths about the war that’s building and about her powers.

Once back with Tamlin however… well he does some pretty bad stuff and Feyre ends up at the Night Court. For good.

See here is where I have to stop because I seriously cannot go any further otherwise I’ll spoil the whole book! I can say though that your heart and feels will go into overdrive, revelations come out and Tamlin… Tamlin is a dick but GOD EVERYTHING WAS JUST AJSIWOEVXBSBWJWOAPKXNXBSJWP!!!

I will quickly delve into the character developments and mention the new characters… without spoiling it as much as I can!

In this book Feyre has grown so much. In the first one, although kickass, she was still trying to find her way in the Fae world. In this one, although a little lost, she manages to find it. And she relishes in it. With her new found powers she’s even more kickass than she was in ACOTAR. She’s a character you can get behind and support. I love how she manages to get over her issues and can finally be happy. I adore Feyre so much!

Tamlin… well its funny how your allegiance changes in the space of two books! I loved Tamlin in the first book but in this one… He was so over-bearing and so… ugh! He’s such a dick in this book. And what he does… god and the ending… what he did… UGH!!!!

Rhysand… my baby, my bae, my love… AHSJDNSJWIWODJNFNDMDKSPSWP!!!! GOD! I liked in the first book, he was the mysterious, dark, alluring guy with secrets and a darkness to him and in this book you see him for who his true self is behind the mask he wears and omg it’s so beautiful and the things he reveals and just GOD I LOVE HIM!

Lucien… I hope he man’s up in the next book because he’s a decent guy but in this one… I like Lucien but he needs to get rid of Tamlin. But seeing as what happened… well. I’m hoping he’ll help (all so mysterious :P)

Nesta and Elain were also mentioned in this one and what happens… I think they are both going to be strong characters in the next book and strong allies too.

Mor, Azriel, Cassian and Amren are brilliant new characters that get introduced and they have such a strong bond between them all. Especially with Rhysand too. I love seeing Rhysand with friends and what a strong friendship it was. They would die for each other. Amren is interesting too because I want to know what she is and I totally want Mor and Azriel together as well as Cassian and Nesta… now that pairing I would love!

Overall the book was just everything and Sarah J Maas is such an amazing writer that you can imagine every scene playing out in your head. And her sexy sexy scenes… GOD! The scenes she writes is better than any erotica book I’ve read! (I read a few) Sarah has a way of making it seem so beautiful and pure, despite the sexiness of it ūüėČ and the ones in this book…. DAMN!

Sarah has fast become on of my all time favourite authors. I just love how she manages to make you laugh and then cry and then get angry and then die from feels only to have them mend again in a chapter is amazing! If you can feel all that in one chapter then imagine what a whole book is like!
She’s just a goddess and her books are everything. These books and the Throne of Glass books.
I just love her.

And if my review still hasnt sold you on reading this book (Read A Court of Thorns and Roses first though!) then I’ll now enter the reviews from my friends… (I had permission… I’m not stealing them!)

The first is from Rebecca ūüôā

Isn’t it wonderful how in a series a creator can make you change “teams”? The previous bad guy may seem good after all & vice versa. You start to hate who you loved, and love who you hated?

I love that Feyre wasn’t alright after what she went through in ACOTAR, makes her more real. We see that “happily ever after” may not be all we thought it would be. What is the cost of being revived by 7 powerful High Fae Lords? How was she affected?¬†

With Feyre’s owed time to Rhysand (I know we’ve all been waiting to see what that would be like) we “delve” into the Persephone & Hades myth (Greek mythology yay, I’m Greek). The Night Court is sooo not what you expect, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t perilous. Grinning through must of the book, due to Rhys, especially since he is as Feyre calls him “a shameless flirt”

This story is so alive, you feel like you are living it & the simmering danger. Gut-wrenching, exciting, dangerous, breath-snagging, sexy and that plot twist that will have you screaming & compel you to throw your book/reader at the wall (don’t destroy your reader).

I WORSHIP this book *bowing down to Sarah. J. Maas’s excellence. *

The next is from Debora ūüôā

This is definitely one of the best pieces of fantasy I’ve read. Sarah J. Maas never disappoints.¬†
With a smooth start, ACOMAF had me at the very first page. The main character gradually developed amazingly throughout this fantastic roller coaster. 
The world of the Fae that Sarah brought to life this time around is just one those worlds that goes beyond the magic. There was so much beauty in the little details of the courts that I was at times left speechless. 
One of my favourite things with ACOMAF was the whole romance between the main characters, once again it didn’t feel rushed at all and the female lead was actually hesitant and suffering, at times struggling with all the emotional turmoil. She struggled with her feelings and it only made the characters all the more real.¬†
The build up towards the end was great and it didn’t feel rushed at all even though a lot happened really fast.¬†

The fight scenes were so easy to visualise that at times I felt like I was watching it on a screen rather than reading a book. 
I would totally recommend you read A Court Of Thorns And Roses (First book) it is gripping from page one. 
I kept switching between the ebook and the audio book because it was more convenient for me and to be honest I really like this audio book. So if you’re not into audio books yet or even if you are, i give this one a thumbs up ūüėȬ†

Thank you so so much girls!

5 billion out of 5 billion stars

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas book review

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas book review

Oh holy hell I haven’t been on here for so long! I’ve been working overtime at my job getting ready for Christmas that I’ve hardly had time to think, let alone read and blog :S

I had read a book previously to the one I’m about to review but seeing as I only got half way through and couldn’t read it anymore I thought it best not to review.

But this one… This one I have to review!

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Blurb:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire‚ÄĒfor 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.

I loved the first three books and this one was no different.

Queen of Shadows followed on from when Aelin aka Celaena comes back from¬†Wendlyn. Things back home haven’t been so great. Dorian is now enslaved in his own body, Chaol¬†is now a rebel trying to free Dorian, her cousin, Aedion is imprisoned in the¬†palace and is about to be executed and her former keeper Arobynn¬†is still a pain in her ass and Rowan,¬†the annoying Fae from Wendlyn is in her thoughts and won’t go away.

Aelin has to do a lot of things in this book, but the most important to her is freeing Aedion. With the reluctant help of Chaol and his band of rebels they help free Aedion from being executed but it comes at a price.

Dorian is enslaved¬†to a Valg prince and is trying to not let him take over but its hard. Aelin knows that the best thing for Dorian would be to¬†kill him but she can’t even though she knows she should.

When Rowan arrives to see her and help its clear there is something more than just friendship and the Blood Oath between them but both of them have been hurt by love before and¬†neither of them are willing to let passion get in there way… well sort of¬†ūüėõ

Throughout it all Aelin must fight without her Fae powers and just rely on her Assassins training. Magic is still blocked in Adarlan and needs to be freed.

But can Aelin save all of those she loves or will there be tragedy along the way?

Okay so not a very good summary but in my defence there is 640 pages roughly and a lot goes on. I can remember it but trying to get it all down in a summary is hard!

Just know that the book was awesome!

Seriously it was just as action packed and so full of kick ass as the other three books were.

Aelin/Celaena is such an amazing female character. She’s full of fight and spunk and arrogance that you cannot help but love her. If she was in a Game of Thrones book she would be similar to Daenerys¬†with the fighting spirit of Arya. She is that awesome. She knows what she wants and she gets it. Free her cousin? Done. Kill Arobynn Hamel? Well you’ll have to read the book. Go after the person who killed her family? Oh revenge is definitely sweet. Aelin will make a great Queen when she gets back to Terrasen. Because of how she is, people seem to follow her and she’ll have a great backing of supporters once she takes the throne. Aelin is a character who seems cool and confident on the outside but on the inside she hurts and loves like everyone else. She lost the love of her life, Sam, at the hands of Arobynn (the prequel books cover it and it gets mentioned throughout the books). That hurt makes her unable to trust people. That and she’s been lied to her entire life. Dorian is a great friend for her and although she has a brief love affair with Chaol and I was all Chaol this and Chaol that in one of my previous reviews for the third book and didn’t want her to end up with Rowan… Well… That has totally changed now haha.

Dorian. Ah Dorian. His trapped by the Valg prince inside of him and can’t do anything about it. The only time he can think for himself is when he’s briefly around Manon Blackbeak and the Valg prince inside him shrinks away. I won’t tell you what happens to him as that will be a spoiler but feels. I did feel for him.

Chaol. God he’s annoying in this one! I loved him in previous books but this one he got on my nerves. Simply because he wouldn’t let Aelin explain anything and yeah okay he’s smarting from her rejection and maybe a little jealous but dude come on! You betrayed her and yeah she cut you with her nails but she had every reason too. She lost her best friend because of it. And besides, I have a feeling that Chaol didn’t truly love her anyway. The sight of her in her fae form in either book 2 or 3 scared him and he didn’t like it. If he had of loved her he would have accepted her. And besides, he’s totally in love with Nesryn! I do like how him and Aelin came to a place of agreement and parts of the old friendship they had shone through towards the end.

Aedion. Damn. He may be Aelin’s cousin but they are sooooo alike and that’s why I loved him too. He’s just as arrogant and cocky as she is and he fights for what’s right and what he believes in. He’s Aelin’s twin and confidant and he loves her (not in that way but in a family way) He’s loyal to her and will do anything to protect her, even if that does mean him and Rowan clash at times and their ‘territorial male fae bullshit’ comes through at times. I really want Aedion to fall for Lysandra.

Rowan. Ah Rowan. The new love of my life. He’s lost a lot like Aelin has and finds it hard to trust too but together they make each other whole. Make each other want to live. They snap at each other but you can see how much they care for each other. The passion tensed scenes they had in the book… god damn it Sarah J Maas! Rowan is perfect for Aelin. Simply because of how well they get on each others nerves and how well they look out for each other. I am totally in love with them. OTP!

Manon Blackbeak has a lot to deal with in this book and a lot of truths come out about the past and what it is they are truly doing. I’m not saying too much on her either but I do kinda want to see her with Dorian… (oo-er!)

Lysandra. She’s Aelin’s frenemy. They always vied for Arobynn’s attention when they were in the Keep but in this book they come to a truce and actually become friends. I love her secret too and what she does during the fight they have.

This book was brilliant and I loved every second of it. I love getting lost in the world Sarah J Maas has created and I loved how involved you get with the characters. Its like you are right there with them, feeling what they feel and doing what they do.

It was full of action and fighting and they kicked ass even more so in this book. I really didn’t want it to end and I totally need a 5th book (and there will be a 5th book because of what happened in this one.)

Sarah J Maas is a brilliant fantasy YA writer and I encourage everyone to read her books. You won’t be disappointed when you do.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas book review

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Feyre’s survival rests on her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh.
But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face covered by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence and the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him goes from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Omgeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Feyre hunts in the forests for her family and herself to survive. Her father and her two sisters, Nesta and Elain, don’t seem to appreciate all that Feyre does for them.
The youngest of her sister’s, Feyre never got to learn etiquette and how to be a ‘lady’ like her sister’s. Her mother died when she was young and her father lost the fortune they had, so all she had known is poverty and the cold.¬†
Then one day in the woods, Feyre kills both a deer and a wolf. The following day however, comes a Faerie in wolf form, telling her that she must go with him because she murdered a faerie and the treaty demands it.

Feyre leaves her family and follows the wolf to his home. There she finds out that the wolf is actually a High Fae called Tamlin.

Tamlin wears a jewelled mask on his face from the curse that struck their land years ago. It’s not just him but his whole court too.

Feyre really hates her predicament but with her life and the rest of the courts life in danger, it’s not long before Feyre’s hatred of Tamlin turns to passion.

If Feyre doesn’t admit her feelings for Tamlin soon she could lose everything she’s grown to love to the Curse that struck Tamlin all those years ago….

OMG THIS BOOK!

I love love love love the Throne of Glass books that Sarah J Maas wrote so I just knew I was going to love this one too.

This book is a fantasy and has a sense of Beauty and the Beast to it. Tamlin being the Beast obviously. 

Knowing that Feyre cannot see Tamlin’s face because of the jewelled mask makes everything better I think because she falls in love with him, not what he looks like. She gets to know the person he is and isn’t that what everyone wants?

Feyre has learnt to grow up quick. She’s had to care for her family who doesn’t seem to appreciate all that she does. Her eldest sister Nesta can be spiteful and hard and only cares about the money Feyre brings home whereas Elain is soft and fragile. Her father lives in his own world and dotes on Elain instead of the others. When Feyre kills that wolf and has to be taken into faerie you can almost feel her willing her family to fight for her. But they don’t. She takes living in faerie in her stride, even though she hates it and it’s inhabitants. But the longer she stays there the more she sees the beauty of the place and the beauty of Tamlin.

Tamlin. Ah baby! Haha. (Yes another book husband!) He’s powerful and definitely gets angry quickly, especially when the people he cares about gets hurt. He loves Feyre and will do anything to keep her safe, even if that means sending her away and letting the curse take over everything.
He’s loyal and protective and makes a great power couple with Feyre.

Lucian is Tamlin’s emissary and best friend. He knows how to wind up Feyre and even if he hates her to begin with too he grows to care for her. Not in yhe same way Tamlin does, but he strives to keep her safe. He is very loyal to Tamlin.

Amarantha… BITCH haha

Rhysand I definitely want to get to know more. I don’t know if he will be a bad guy or will turn into a good guy. He was kinda both in the first book and I have no idea how to take him!

This book is full of fantasy, magic, fighting for love etc it has the sense of Beauty and the Beast like I said and I love that story so anything that has that element in is fine with me!

Just like with the Throne of Glass books, Sarah manages to transform you into the world she has created. Everything in the book had a twist and a turn and it always kept you reading and wanting more. 
I love the world’s she creates and it features faeries which is another thing I love too.

Sarah really knows how to write fantasy YA and after how this book ended I really really need the next book.
It kept you hooked from the very first page to the last.

Even though the book is classed as a YA, it does have a mild NA vibe… Especially in a few scenes ūüėČ but you’ll have to read the book to know what I’m going on about.

5 out of 5 stars

My Top Books of 2014 (plus a few that I couldn’t quite get along with)

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This was a pretty traumatic ordeal… trying to narrow down all the books I’ve read in 2014 to just 10 of my favourite! But, amongst all the hair pulling and nail biting and some other frustrating behavior, I managed to do it!

Its in no particular order as I honestly have no idea what would be number one and what would come in at five etc etc… so here’s my…

Top 10 Books of 2014

10. How To Love by Katie Cotugno (YA)

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I loved this book from the first page. Split between the past and the present it tells the story of teenagers Serena and Sawyer, of how they loved and lost and of how they overcame obstacles. But when Sawyer leaves and Serena is left behind she has to deal with the heartbreak and the family fallout because of the bomb she’s just dropped on them all.
When Sawyer comes back into her life a year later the love is still there. But will they get together and prove that their love is stronger now they’ve been apart? And can they learn How To Love?

9. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Foreman (YA)

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Too many feels!
Mia has her life ahead of her. She has a perfect, albeit slightly different, family, a brilliant best friend and she’s in love with her up and coming rocker boyfriend Adam. Then one day her life is turned upside down. She’s in a car accident that kills her family. She’s hanging on by a thread and through a series a past and present flashes we see how Mia has the choice of whether to stay with the people left in her life or to just let it all go and be with her family.
Where She Went is from Adam’s POV and it follows a year or so after If I Stay, how he’s feeling being famous, how he still loves Mia, despite the fact they are no longer together and how in one night, when he sees Mia again coming out of a concert hall, everything changes…

8. Sweet Evil Trilogy by Wendy Higgins (YA. Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning)

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Sexy… hot… full of demons and angels and just…. AAAAAAHHHHHH!
Sweet Evil trilogy is about Ana Whitt (an Angel) and Kaidan Rowe (a lust demon) who come into each others lives. Ana is taken by Kaidan’s desirable and sexy good looks but not everything is as it seems. Kaidan knows he’s not good enough for Ana. She’s pure, he’s not. But he just can’t stay away from her. Through a series of really big events, demon fathers and plots to take over the world Ana and Kaidan has to stick together in order to defeat them. But can their love survive?

7. The Selection trilogy by Keira Cass (YA. The Selection, The Elite, The One.)

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OMG! THESE BOOKS!
America is in love with her best friend Aspen, their relationship is being kept a secret until he can get enough money to marry her. But when the Selection is broadcast on TV, America’s name is called. She’s off to the Palace to win the heart of Prince Maxon…
Through a series of problems, heartbreak, friendship, rebels, love and fighting you see America grow into a strong woman whose not afraid to tell people what she thinks, to letting go of old loves and to try and win the heart of Maxon. Even if it seems as though he’s falling for someone else… Will she win the love of her life or will everything come crumbling down around her…?

6. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (NA)

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The only New Adult book in the list! Full of feels… literally… Too. Many. Feels.
Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend and roommate, on her birthday! The mysterious guy in the next appartment offers her the spare room which she takes. During their time together writing songs for Ridge’s band,¬† Sounds of Cedar, they realise they’ve fallen for each other. But Ridge has a long term girlfriend… is Sydney’s heart about to be broken again? And can Ridge decide who it is he wants to be with?

5. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas (YA. Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire. First three books in the series)

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These books were just… feels and feels and just…
These books follow the Assassin Celaena Sardothien on her quest for freedom. Taken from her slavery she’s promised freedom after three years if she becomes the King’s Champion. But there’s a problem… the King is the one who murdered her family, and is still killing countless others and sending the rest to the Salt Mines to be slaves. Can she really be a Champion to a King she despises?
Through a series of, sometimes violent events, we see why Celaena was so feared as an Assassin, we see her fall in love for the first time, see her heart break, friendships broken and secrets get revealed… secrets that could change everything…

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (YA. Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising.)

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These books!! I just… so so so so many feels and its just… I can’t…
Alina and best friend Mal are orphans who join the Army. While crossing into the Fold, Alina sees half of her friends massacred by the creatures that live there. Mal is injured and, without knowing, she summons light to destroy the creatures. From then her life changes. She’s under The Darklings rule now and she’s told that the pair of them can free the Fold… but can the Darkling be trusted? Is her feelings for him real? Can she ever be with Mal? Through a series of extremely tense and too many feels like events we see how Alina becomes powerful, how she’s determined to destroy the Darkling, how her friendship and relationship with Mal fares, how her heart gets broken and how she must rise up to meet her destiny…

3. The Duff by Kody Keplinger (YA)

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AAAAAHHHH! OMG! I loved this book from the first sentence!
Bianca is told by man whore of the school Wesley Rush that she is The Duff: The “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” of her group of friends.
She despises Wesley but when they’re put together to work on an English project its clear that there is more than just hatred between them. With Bianca using him to get over her problems at home and everywhere else. But when there “just sex” relationship turns comfortable and right between them Bianca knows its time to leave… because Wesley Rush?!
This books sees Bianca realise that she’s not a Duff, that there’s more to people that we see and most importantly… Wesley Rush isn’t as everyone sees him.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (YA)

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Kath is me! Its like Rainbow wrote a book based on all the fangirls out there! Loved it loved it LOVED IT!
Kath and her twin Wren couldn’t be more different. Growing up they wrote fanfiction, now they’re in University, Wren is sexy and drinking and dating boys, Kath is in her room writing FanFiction and being a fangirl. Then comes Levi, the boy whose determined to get Kath, whose developing feelings for him too. But when they kiss one night Levi goes AWOL of sorts and Kath sees him kissing someone else at a party. Can Levi win her back? Can Kath survive the ending of her beloved Simon Snow books and will she finish her Simon Snow fanfic in time? Its not all fangirl stuff though, there’s a story, there’s Kath growing up and realising that she’s actually perfect the way she is, fall outs with her twin, meeting the mother who walked out on them and problems with her dad. Full of real drama and absolutely brilliant and lovable characters this book is perfect for FanGirls everywhere!

1. Winger by Andrew Smith (YA)

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Just pure brilliance! I honestly have no idea what I read… it was… god this brief review won’t do this book justice because ITS JUST AMAZING AND BRILLIANT AND AWESOME AND… READ IT!
This book follows Fourteen year old Ryan Dean the youngest in his year at boarding school and the winger on his school Rugby team. He’s in love with his best friend Annie Altman and he’s having problems with some of the other boys in the team. He’s convinced his roommate, Betch,¬† will one day kill him,¬† he’s secretly getting off with Betch’s girlfriend behind his back and then theres the fact that he and Annie shared a kiss but she won’t admit that she’s in love with him! Oh and also his new best friend Joey is the gay rugby player and he’s having his own problems!
This book is full of drama and problems and falling in love. Things in this book will make you laugh and make you cry. Make you angry and make you smile. Its everything a book should be!

So they are my top 10 books of 2014. I know my brief descriptions didn’t really do these books justice but honestly if I went into too much detail I’d end up telling you all the whole story! Please do check these books out, I promise you you won’t be disappointed. If you want to read more about them then these books have been reviewed on my blog!

And now comes the books I couldn’t quite get on with… I hate having to do this but there are books out there that people don’t like and I’m afraid my three are here… they are a mixture of books too…

3. Mortiswood Kaelia Awakening by Gina Dickerson (YA?)

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This was part of a blog tour I did and its the first book in the trilogy. I couldn’t get on with it. Things jumped too quickly and I couldn’t bond with Kaelia (the MC) like I can with other books. I believe it would have been better in first person instead of third person. I just… I found it hard to read. It could have been a really good book and some people might have really really liked it but I’m afraid it just wasn’t for me.

2. Letting Go by Maya Banks (Erotica.  First book in the trilogy)

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I just… the MC Joss annoyed the hell out of me. Honestly. I could have strangled her. She was too easy to give in to Dash,¬† too easy to accept things and I think she was a little naive. It was a bit too… it was just Joss… if they’d had made her a stronger character I would have liked her but she ruined the story. And the one sex scene… I found it to be too much… the other two books did redeem themselves slightly with book two and book three being a bit more… dramatic but the first book… no.

1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Fiction)

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I’ll probably end up with a torrent of abuse because I know people love this book but… it wasn’t for me. I couldn’t get on with it at all, I found it boring (don’t hurt me!) And at times slow. The movie was by far a lot better than the book. It was a bit too sappy for me. I like romance but sometimes its like… errr too much people! I do have some other Sparks books at home and I have read the sequel to this book but that was only marginally better. I do want to at least like one or two of his books because he has such a big fanbase and people go crazy over the books but because I found The Notebook and the sequel The Wedding slow its put me off reading the others. I will try again on another of his books but The Notebook… sorry… it just didn’t do it for me.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas book review

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Just…

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Blurb:

“Enemy. Lover.
Queen.”

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

Just…

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

After what happened in the second book I thought I would have no more feels left to give but this…

You think you know Celaena from reading the first two books, right? Oh, but you’re so wrong.

In this book we see her more than broken, relentlessly blaming herself for the fates and deaths of her beloved ones. She takes down her every shield, leaving nothing behind to shed her emptiness threatening to shatter her from the inside out.

She’s left Ardalan under the command of Chaol and she’s left everything behind. She’s gone in search of answers about the Wryd Keys and The Wryd gates and there is only one person who can give her those answers.

Her Aunt Maeve (YES THE FAERY QUEEN!)

But getting the answers isn’t as straight forward as it seemed. She has to earn those answers and in doing so she has to delve deep into her past and see what it was that made her turn off her power all those years ago and how she can harness them now. With the, sort of help, from Rowan she must face the demons that have haunted her for so long, let the magic inside of her soar free and to become the Queen that people expect her to be.

Back in Ardalan, Chaol cannot get over Celaena. His love for her consumes him but he knows he must all of that behind him and get to the bottom of all of this. He has to help keep Dorian’s magic a secret, conduct meetings in¬†private with Aedion and eventually decide where his loyalties lie.

Then there’s Dorian, whose coming to terms with his magic and has, FINALLY, found something worth living for¬†(Feels coming with that!)

But throughout it all is the underlying truth;

Celaena is a Queen…

But will she embrace it?

OH MY GOD!

In this book we are able to witness how she became Celaena Sardothien, how her life changed forever on that fateful night ten years ago. But by facing all that sorrow and darkness, she’s making a stand. She’s slowly becoming a queen, one more powerful and deadlier that you could ever imagine.

Her character development is BRILLIANT to read about because through her new experiences she is stronger, wiser and more determined. Her fierceness was awe-inspiring and I loved¬†how she still¬†kept the¬†same stubborn, snarky and brave young woman that we all loved to begin with, maybe with her ego a little bruised. She’s not proud of who she’s become, abandoning her kingdom and not fighting for rebuilding it for the past ten years, but she’s ready to throw herself into battle to win back her land.

The new Man Candy addition to this book is Rowan Whitethorn; He’s an alpha-male in all his glory, with the kickass moves that would bring Celaena’s to shame. He’s scary and intense, protective and defying, caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan is the no-nonsense type and I was glad there is finally someone who doesn’t put up with all of her crap. She throws a verbal punch? He throws one that will leave her with a black eye for the entire week. But they develop a friendship and something so important on the intimate level¬†(not romance related)¬†that it will warm your heart to realize that our girl finally has someone to fully rely on. And Rowan’s past is just as heart breaking as Celaena’s. There’s a reason he’s the way he is, why he has a tattoo on the entire side of his body. I have a love hate relationship with¬†this guy and I can’t quite explain why but rest assured I do eventually love him. But I don’t want him to be another love interest for her. She belongs with Chaol. END OF CONVERSTION!

Dorian¬†in this book¬†is still the same swoon-worthy, sentimental, humble (yet a bit arrogant as well) young prince. He finally has let go of his feeling for Celaena and has found someone he wants to be with and in turn wants to be with him but what happens… God my feels couldn’t handle it. It was all so much. I honestly want Dorian to be happy and in love but what happened in this book and what his father did to him… I have a feeling his going to become so sort of character that’s not entirely evil but one that’s going to cause a lot of damage.

Chaol in this book¬†has pretty much abandoned Dorian. He’s trying to see where his loyalties lie and so he strikes an unlikely friendship with Aedion Ashryver, Celaena’s cousin and child hood friend (who is also ridiculously handsome!) Chaol is trying to save Dorian, to keep his magic safe and in turn come to terms with the revelation about Celaena. I still loved him in this book and I’m still convinced that he is the one for Celaena.

Aedion Ashryver. He’s all deadly smiles, muscles and wild behavior. Aedion is daring, clever and doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone but himself. Or so they say. But he’s dead set on taking down the King of Adarlan from the inside. When he finds out Aelin is alive, he makes it clear that he would move mountains in order to see his true queen back in Terrasen. He’s loyal, determined, skilled and I hope he reunites with Celaena sooner rather than later, because he is in a pretty bad place at the end of the book.

Another addition to the newbie characters is Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak coven of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. The witches play a big role in the King’s newest and darkest plans by being the riders of the wyverns he has created and Manon wants nothing more than to lead them into battle as Wing Leader. She wants to prove herself and although she is a bloodthirsty, wicked creature, I completely loved her. She’s by no means a villain, just a different kind of heroine, firm and unyielding, with great ambition. Her encounters and silent dialogues with Abraxos cracked me up, because in that moments you could glimpse (besides the wyvern’s total awesomeness) how Manon starts believing there’s a chance she has a heart and soul and that her grandmother’s rules might not be the best to follow.

The King of Ardalan is still the bad guy in this book and he becomes even worse. What he does is just unbelievable and I hope that Celaena gives him a brutal death. He deserves it.

The atmosphere in this book is darker and the pace is thrilling, allowing you to breath for a bit before another near-death encounter or epic battle starts. The world-building was another winner, as we were able to see Wendlyn, Doranelle, the Ferien Gap and Adarlan again. We learn about the past, we meet Queen Maeve and  we run from terrifying creatures and we accompany Celaena as she masters her powers.

The Throne of Glass series slowly becoming a YA version of GoT and I love it. This book still keep s the same intensity as the other two books, but with just that bit extra. Its thrilling, its gut wrenching its full of all the things you’d expect from a world set in Medieval times. Its brilliant and I loved every single second of it. Its still visually amazing and it still transports you to the world that they live in

I want the fourth book and I want it now!

5 out of 5 stars