Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

6936382Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss#1

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 372

Date Published: December 2nd of 2010

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Synopsis (through Goodreads):

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Rating:  (4 of 5)

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This is like one of the most recommended YA romance novels so I won’t really go far with my notes but I just loved it and whatever you’re assuming about it because of the title and the cover and what-not, it doesn’t hold. Because this might perhaps be the most well-written teen romance book I have read.

I have been passing by on this bookstore which has a lot of stocks of this book for the longest time. I always thought the title was so cheesy and the cover didn’t really entice me all that well. It’s the alternate cover, not the one above. As years pass by, I have found myself to be taking less and less fancies on cheesy, teen-y books. With that in mind, look at that title and that cover and tell me if I was the type to pick this up. So, I always didn’t put my attention on this book even though many people say that it’s great.

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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers // Thoughts

11422Title: Redeeming Love

Author: Francine Rivers

Series: None

Genre: Christian, Romance, Historical Fiction

Number of Pages (Paperback): 464

Date Published: May 9th of 2005 (but first published in 1991)

Publisher: Multnomah

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does … the One who will never let her go.

Rate: 5 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Paperback, Hardcover, CD-Audio)

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Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

26221374Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things

Author: Whitney Taylor

Series: None

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Number of Pages (Kindle edition): 336

(Expected) Date of Publishing: April 4th of 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected.

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

Rate: 4 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Hardback)

I want to thank the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group to have given me the chance to read an advanced reader copy through Netgalley.

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas

General Info

18006496Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass, #4

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 648

Date Published: September 1st of 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

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.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Rate: 5 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Hardcover, Paperback, CD-Audio), Wordery (Hardcover, Paperback, CD-Audio)



Review (No Spoilers)
“‘We do not look back, Chaol. It helps no one and nothing to look back. We can only go on.
There she was, that queen looking out at him, a hint of the ruler she was becoming. And it knocked the breath out of him, because it made him feel so strangely young–when she now seemed so old. ‘What if we go on,’ he said, ‘only to more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible end waiting for us?
Aelin looked northward, as if she could see all the way to Terrasen. ‘Then it is not the end.‘”

I have six pages of notes and I’m not someone who writes notes that often so by all means, expect me to babble on and on and on and on. I’m sorry, in advance.  😛 Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

It’s alright, Sarah, I didn’t need my heart anyway. I spent the entirety of the fourth installation of the Throne of Glass series shifting between these two: a.) “Fuck you, Chaol. Go to hell.” and b.) “AWWWWW. MY BABY CHAOL WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO YOU?!”. Pretty much what happens. But on the other hand, I’ve finally finished an SJM book that has a satisfying/expected ending (yasss).

I finished this in five days and I can’t quite believe it because this is such a humongous book–648 pages! I honestly thought I wouldn’t finish the book according to my schedule because it’s so thick but holy cows it is impossible to put down. All I want to say is thank the heavens for text-to-speech availability in my reader!!! But it’s worth it since this is such an epic book! There are some storylines that I’m not too happy about but that’s the beauty of reading–you are not in control of what’s happening and you’re simply a tale listener and you just have to listen to this story that an author has weaved.

I gave this a five-of-five rating because there are so many actions going on in here and it’s true what the synopsis said. If you’re looking for action, oh boy, you don’t get one serving–you get a feast-ful. This is, indeed, a crescendo to the series. For the first time in a while, I can finally see the beginning of the ending of the series. And not in a bad way, I just feel that it’s already moving to a close. Precisely the reason why I refuse to pick up the fifth book just yet! 😛

So, we have aptly observed that there had been many pairings in the previous books. There are various ships to choose from and all are from Celaena’s point of view. Moving along the series, it has been quite confusing. But guess what! There are more ships! You think you’re okay with one? Well, how about six or seven? I KNOW. There are so many swoon-worthy characters in this book series, and by jolly, why not? When reading SJM, I should really make a note of being the neutral shipper because I can’t get this heart of mine broken in every book. Next time, I’ll just be there. Kidding, of course, pffft.

Setting aside that aspect of the book, let’s just take a minute and appreciate how SJM is perfecting the art of painting really kick-ass female characters. Because there is so much girl power here! I won’t be mentioning all the girls’ names because it would be a spoiler but upon counting them, I have seven favorite characters. On the subject of characters, the existing characters that we have known in the previous books are transported again to a common setting and they finally interact with each other again! Chaol, Dorian, Celaena/Aelin, Rowan, Aedion are all present–some sprinklings of new characters can also be noted. The nature of the characters are excellent but what’s more remarkable is the smooth flow into what appears to be a flawless interaction between them. It would somehow surprise you since most of the time their qualities clash. And by the way, I am also happy to tell you that I have finally learned to get around Aedion’s character! 😛 Meanwhile, Dorian. Okay, I didn’t really like Dorian’s character from the start but, damn, that guy needs a solid r&r ASAP–he’s gone through a lot. Also, there are so many villains. I had been perturbed half the time by the sheer amount of them. I was very worried for our beloved cast because they have so many against. So, let’s pray that SJM don’t kill any of them soon enough.

What I just don’t get is how SJM manages to write four books in this series and there still are so many things to uncover?! Talk about world-building. Maas really is an excellent world builder and honestly, who doesn’t like that? The other books feel like such a lifetime away from this one and it’s kinda disorienting. Seriously, so many things change in this series. This book is just the definition of moving forward–no more looking back.

There are mixed (and angry!) reviews of this book but I get it, I feel like some things were sacrificed for a pairing but I still loved the book despite me not thoroughly liking that said pairing. I am trying to understand as to why the author decided to make this happen. I choose to believe that perhaps Sarah J. Maas has something more up her sleeve for this series.

That ends my spoiler-free section of this review! Do read it and come back, will ya?


Thoughts (Spoilers everywhere! Sorry for all the gifs :P)

*So much shit happening but Aelin is finally home and my heart is so happy.

*I’m not happy about this Chaol and Nesryn thing. PFFFFFFFT. Nesryn is the new Sorscha. But for Chaol. PFFFFT. Nesryn liking Chaol (and vice versa) UGH KILL ME NOW. Pffft death to Nesryn, positive she’d be dying. I’m so sorry I just don’t like her character.

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*I seriously think there will be something up with Dorian and Manon in the future? I’m not sure but I’m throwing this fearless prediction out there.

*I’m still not fully sold on this Rowaelin thing but what am I to do? Chaolena is already in the grave. Like, that ship crashed so hard. It doesn’t have holes–it’s already the mayor of the Mariana Trench.

*That epic witch/fae fighting doe! The crossover between Manon and Aelin got me like “Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhhh I’ve been waiting for this in so long! Finally!” And by jolly, did it kick ass.

*I didn’t even understand how SJM managed to turn Lysandra’s character around like 180 degrees. She becomes one of Aelin’s dearest friends and she’s an echo of Nehemia. (Lol, I had to google Nehemia’s name because I honestly forgot.) It’s really remarkable how their friendship has transformed from something so lethal into something so beautiful. It’s so real, too. Like that’s how I talk to my best friend and all that jazz.

*Chaol couldn’t walk?! FUCK.

*I was hoping, nay, expecting a Chaol/Rowan battle for Celaena…but I was disappointed. Oh well.

*I hated Arobynn’s death. It was too swift for my taste. He should’ve suffered a little longer. Granted, he did choke on his own blood. But still. (I’m aware this makes me sound like a very icky person and perhaps a violent one, but come on, if you knew Arobynn you would be like me too psssh.)

*I cannot wait for Rowan and Aelin to happen. Ya know, THAT. The night. Oh my lord. Good luck, Aelin. Girllllll, you gonna need that luck.

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*I wonder, what could’ve happened if Nesryn didn’t interfere when Aelin saved Aedion when she was about to chop off Dorian’s head? (Even their names are so the same, my gulay, I’m just so confused.)

*I thought Kaltain would get to be free and help Aelin towards her efforts but I guess her dying and taking down a third of Morath is good, too. I just was expecting more from her character since she has been alive for four books now but, again, oh well.

*Magic is freed, oh yeah.

*Lysandra and Aedion PLEASE! Fave Aedion and Lysandra moment:

“…Aedion found Lysandra leaning against the hallway door. Tears gleamed in her eyes even as she smiled.
She gazed at the closed bedroom door, as if she could still see the prince and queen inside. ‘That,’ she said, more to herself than to him. ‘That is what I am going to find one day.’
A gorgeous Fae warror?‘ Aedion said, shifting a bit.
Lysandra chuckled, wiping away her tears, and gave him a knowing look before walking away.”

Dear me!!!! My heart oh my god they’re for each other!

As jessethereader said, Lysandrion! Yessss! (I formulated my own ship name and the name I came up with is Aedra. I know. I suck.)

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*I hope Mort’s still there–he’s so adorable.

*The return of Fleetfoot!

*There was something heartbreaking with the last time Chaol, Dorian and Aelin were together. It’s the end of an era.

*Ugly crying on this scene:

“…the captain merely squeezed Aelin’s hand and said, ‘Can I see it?‘…red and gold fire danced through his room, bright and glorious and elegant.
Chaol’s eyes had been lined with silver when the flames winked out. ‘It’s lovely,’ he said at last.”

I just–why can’t they make it work?! SARAH PLEASEEEE MAKE IT WORK.

*I honestly thought Chaol would die and tbh I would be down for it, at least that way I know Chaol really has no shot on Aelin and I can wrap my head around them not being together anymore.

*I hated how Aelin was like: “Lol sorry Chaol I didn’t know what I was saying to you when we got to the docks for Wendlyn. People change ya know, just forget it.’ And I’m here like, “No Celaena! No one talks shit around here! Take that back!” You can apologize to my heart.

*I partially hated Chaol here because he’s just a bitch to Aelin and wtf he says Dorian’s imprisonment is Aelin’s fault?! What the actuality…I feel like Chaol changed so much and wtf really happened while Celaena was gone?!!!

*I don’t get how Rowan and Aelin can talk through their minds–I don’t get it, just how? As far as I can remember, this wasn’t really tackled in the books?

*Rowaelin is just too fast. I mean, I won’t object to it if it did happen in the future–but it’s just too fast. My ship has sunk, like so hard. And I know this is the next big thing, but I may have preferred it if SJM developed their relationship or friendship or whatever they had for a book and then moved to have them together. Because, Chaol and Celaena just didn’t have that kind of closure and I need closure. I’m still hoping for #Chaolena, I will never stop hoping. NEVER.

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*I was actually down for Aelin to put down Dorian (sorry)

*Heart attack: When Arobynn thought he already got Aelin in a leash and I was like SHIT.

*Honestly, Rowaelin’s were friendship goals and I felt SJM was just too swift on developing this to a romantic thing #chaolena forevs

*Chaol and Aelin are like the ultimate exes now and it breaks my heart 😦

“You and I are nothing but wild beasts wearing human skins.”

*It’s funny cause Lysandra said this, and she actually is a shapeshifter LOL.

“‘You bring my court into this, Chaol,’ Aelin said with lethal softness, ‘and I don’t care what you were to me, or what you have done to help me. You betray them, you hurt them, and I don’t care how long it takes, or how far you go: I’ll burn you and your gods-damned kingdom to ash. Then you’ll learn just how much of a monster I can be.

*YOU LOVED EACH OTHER !!!! WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?!!!!!

*Ansel of Briarcliff: another name, wtf

*Arobynn is such a grade-a, premium asshole. But lol no, Rowan is a much bigger asshole mwahahahahahahaha *evil laughs through eternity*

*My favorite is Asterin’s story! I have no idea what it is with me but I like these kinds of tales and I didn’t even know that witches were capable of loving. 😦 The witches be like: “Feelings? Feelings? What the hell is that?! Is that a thing?”

Sorry, this is just too hard. This is my favorite part of the book. I’m sorry, I know it’s so minor, but I loved this. Which, made me ugly cry so much.

“‘I’d fly overhead every few years, just…just to see.‘ She wiped at her face. ‘He never married. And even when he was an old man, I’d sometimes see him sitting on that front porch. As if he were waiting for someone.‘”

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*And finally the SICK BURN OF 2017!!!!!!

“‘Should I thank you for putting on pants?’ Lorcan said…
I didn’t want you to feel inadequate,’ Rowan replied…”
Do I recommend it? Ohohohohoho yahasss.
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*Cover image and Synopsis via GoodreadsGifs via Giphy.

 

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

17167166Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #2

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 418

Date Published: August 27th of 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

“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.

Rate: 4 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Hardcover, Paperback, CD-Audio), National Bookstore (Paperback), Kobo (eBook), Audible (Audio Book)


Alright. I’ll go fast on this one because I kinda don’t have much to say to this . I’ll tell this to you now before anything else, I’m sorry for a shittier review than normal. I don’t know, I didn’t get how most people were saying that this was much better than the first book because I honestly can’t see it (I’m sorry!). Nevertheless, I still gave it a four star because it is still an excellent read altogether.

The cover is kinda meh. I have a long battle about covers of fantasy books. It’s not that they are ugly. But they kind of overwhelm me. Most of the time there are so many things going on in the cover of these kinds of books. So, I am not surprised if I wasn’t really that impressed with the cover. But then again, the content matters more rather than the packaging.

I don’t really get how this was much better. Like, I just don’t? Is it just me? I felt like this was a much slower read than all the Maas books I’ve read. I think that’s really her style of writing–slow but with a collective progress. But with Crown of Midnight I was almost bored at some parts. Which is really an alarming thing to feel because I haven’t had these problems with her other books.

But despite this, I was impressed with the character development. Oh boy, the character development! I think I am growing to love Celaena already, even Dorian! But of course my baby Chaol is still my favorite. Even for what he did.

ANYWAY! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK, I’M GONNA STOP YOU RIGHT THERE BECAUSE I’M GOING TO GO IN WITH SPOILERS! COME BACK WHEN YOU’VE READ IT! SEE YA!!!


Alright! Whoo. Where do I start?

*NEHEMIA DYING. Why. Sarah, why? I mean, I wasn’t really that invested in her character and I was actually thinking that her character is easily negligible since half the time she’s not really there and shit. BUT WHY DID YOU KILL HER OFF. It was nice to think that Celaena had someone. A girlfriend. You really had to take that away from her, huh? My heart grieved, I must tell you.

*CELAENA AND CHAOL HAPPENING. Because owyezzz. I am sooo happy about this. I was half drunk on their love but of course, bane of my existence, it has to end so soon. Because Chaol, oh my Chaol, I love you but really?! As if you don’t know Celeana…she can take care of herself!! She can even take care for both of your assess. Ugh. I was so disappointed with him. I get his super over-the-moon code of honor for the king. BUT DAMN IT CHAOL. Now you got your ass in a downright heap. And just ugh. Face the wall, I’m so disappointed with you.

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*DORIAN’S POWER. Oh. My. Gahd. Say what?! Can you even think of a more rebellious notion? His father the king banned magic and here is Dorian prancing about with raw magic. HAHAHAHA. I still don’t like him for Celaena though. Begone Dorian. 😛

*As jessethereader has wisely said from his review, “Celaena bae is Celaena fae.” HOLY WHAT!! Sure, I was actually foreseeing that Celaena was of noble birth (as I have said in my review of the first book) but I didn’t see her as fae! I guess, this finally explained that part in the first book where they were in the woods and when she woke up there were little footprints near her. Can you remember that part? BUT OH BOY SO MUCH LIKE FOR THISSS. And erm, should I start calling her Aelin now? Or…

*These Wyrdmarks. Frankly, it reminds me of Voldemort’s horcruxes.

*I loved Mort! Mort kinda reminds me of that bobbing head in the movie of Harry Potter. I think it’s Prisoner of Azkaban. The bobbing head in that bus? Yeah. It kind of reminds me of that one. For some weird reason, I compare this series with Harry Potter. I mean why do I do that?! But anyway, I loved Mort’s character because he’s like a thrown laughter in the darkness that is the deep magic that’s in the tombs. And also because he is super sarcastic and I like that! HAHA.

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I think that’s about it. I told you I don’t have much to say about this!


I was kind of surprised that I finished this book in less than five days. What stopped me from giving this a 3 of 5 rating was the fact that I was kind of excited with all those little twists in the book and I certainly enjoyed that. I am so excited for Heir of Fire! Shit is about to go down!!!! And oh god, now I’m kind of iffy with this Chaol and Celaena thing going on. :/ I mean, I love Chaol but–just–gahd. Okay, okay. I’m gonna stop talking about Chaol. Haha.

I want to inquire to you guys, should I actually read The Assassin’s Blade now, or should I put it off until I finish Empire of Storms and I’m all caught up with the series? PLEASE HELPPPPP! 

Do I recommend it? Oh absolutely. Don’t lie and say you’re not wrapped up in this series just yet. I mean, come on. Tell the truth. Just kidding. BUT YEAH I RECOMMEND IT ALRIGHT.

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*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads; Gifs via Giphy.

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

7896527Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass, no. 1

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 404

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Date Published: August 7th of 2012

Synopsis (via GoodReads):

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.

Rate: 4 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Hardcover, Paperback, CD-Audio), National Bookstore (Paperback), Kobo (eBook)


Hi! I managed to pick myself up from my (mini) reading slump because of the damned A Court of Mist and Fury which I loved so much and I cannot find a book that would match it so what better thing to do than to pick up another Maas book? I know it’s not advisable to read books by the same author consecutively but I can’t help it. I was really threatened to the harsh fact that I may not finish my book goals this year–and it’s just January! What is thissssss. So far, I think I’ve read four books out of my goal of a hundred. LOL good luck to me. Anyway! So much for my babbling–here’s my thoughts on Throne of Glass. I’ll give you a heads up when the spoilers will start.

This is the third Maas book I have picked up following ACOTAR and ACOMAF, and I must say since this was her first book written when she was just sixteen (wow!!!!) originally published in a website called FictionPress and was then published by Bloomsbury, her way of writing is really different in this one when compared to the two I’ve read in the past. And of course that change is for the better. I mean, wow, this book had quite a journey! Here’s SJM’s letter to all her FictionPress supporters and it’s so awesome and awww-worthy. 😛 Anyway, even though this was another series, I was mildly afraid of reading another one of her books because she writes so well! She paints surreal worlds that I just get into so fast. And also because I might get too much of her, but oh boy, I’ve come to realize that there’s no such thing as too much Sarah J. Maas. NOTHING, I TELL YOU. Although the way of writing of this book is not particulary stellar as her writing in ACOMAF, I sure did find myself getting absorbed into the story slowly. And I will trust my book reviewers and fellow bloggers that this series gets better.

Major world-building. If you didn’t know that this was a series you’d be perhaps irked as to why there are so many details on each little thing. Also, the particularly skimming-the-top of characters weren’t really amicable. But then again, it’s a series people so there’ll be plenty of time for world and character exploration in the next books. I mean, I sure do hope so! I had some qualms while reading but I’m also recognizing the fact that this has so much potential to go over the horizon and I cannot wait to read the next books! (And tbh, it’s the first book in a series what was I expecting?! I mean, look at Harry Potter from the  story of a wee little child in a new school it morphed into a kickass whoa-worthy book series. So, my heart can wait for major developments on this one. :)) And also, the magic is just starting. And I don’t mean that as an expression, literally the magic is just starting. Haha. The fun is just starting, folks. I can feel it.

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The preliminary chapters weren’t really that good in my opinion. I would be lying if I say that I didn’t have some troubles emerging myself again in a notion of a new world. I was kinda hoping that it would have the kind of elements like in the ACOTAR series but I was wrong. I mean, I’m not right yet. I don’t know. Seems like there’s a major magic shitstorm that’s gonna happen in the next books.

Regarding the main character, Celeana Sardothien the wonderful, kick-ass assassin, well, I didn’t like her so much because she seemed such a bitch and was actually arrogant at times AT FIRST. BUT, I liked her in the later parts because she proved to have redeemed herself  (add the fact that she’s head over heels about books, too!) and frankly, she was locked in a slave prison what did I honestly expect? That she would be the polite, soft-spoken lady like all those court women? Ha. No. On another note, may I just interject the wonderful, wonderful fact that this book has the prettiest character names ever? And also names that are hard to pronounce? Chaol’s name’s pronunciation is still a mystery to me. If you must know, I pronounce it “tsey-ohl” HAHAHAHA.

I mean: Celaena Sardothien, Chaol Westfall, Dorian Havilliard, Nehemia Ytger, Kaltain Rompier, etc. Look at how proper those names are! Great, now I wish I had a proper name like that. HAHA.

As far as I’m really into this, again, I feel like this one is a little wobbly on its own. BUT I ALSO HEARD GREAT THINGS FOR THE SECOND BOOK WHICH I AM ABSOLUTELY EXCITED TO READ! Crown of Midnight, I am coming brace yourself. 😛 This was a nice mix of fantasy and reality. And oh oh! I forgot to say, this book has a gorgeous cover!

Okay, so there ends my spoiler-free section of this post. SO GUYS, LET’S GET TO MY TRUE FEELINGS AND QUESTIONS about Throne of Glass.


  • First of all, I didn’t like the love triangle because I knew Chaol and Celaena were much better together and that Dorian was only a distraction. But upon watching Booktube about this love triangle, I am forced to acknowledge that maybe this Chaol and Celaena thing is not end-game. (Oh my god, my little Chaol’s heart will break again.) But let’s see if I’m going to move camps soon. But as far as I’m concerned as I’m writing this, I’m still on Chaol. I thought Dorian and Celaena was just LOL. I feel like Celaena and Chaol relate to each other much more. He is the King’s head of the royal guard, she is an assassin. WHEREAS DORIAN IS JUST A PAMPERED PRINCE. It just seems more realistic and has more sense, you know? I think the reason Dorian liked her is just because of the fact that she was yet a box to be opened–so unlike the women he is used to who throws themselves at him. Plus, Chaol has all the confidence in her exhibited through her training and even at the duel itself.
  • I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT OF CHAOL IN THE NEXT BOOK. I GUESS YOU CAN TELL THAT MY FAVORITE CHARACTER HERE IS CHAOL HAHAHAHA. AND I’M JUST SO OBSESSED WITH HIM BECAUSE HIS CHARACTER WAS HARDLY TACKLED IN THIS BOOK AND SO I NEED A BOOK JUST ABOUT CHAOL. And nope, my capslock key is not broken. I’m just, ya know, excited. Hahaha.
  • Also, the Fae. Holy guacamole, when I read about that I was waiting for my ACOMAF people to pop up. Seriously, I have a problem with this ACOTAR series hangover.
  • I hated how the fact that Celaena is beautiful was stated over and over and over. I got so irritated that I actually counted the times someone said or thought she’s pretty. I think I got tired after marking the tenth time. WE GET IT SHE’S PRETTY GET OVER IT.
  • I have a question. Is “Yulemas” really just Christmas because you know Yuletide Season+Christmas=Yulemas. 😛 I am not so proud about this but hey hear me out. Around the time of Yulemas it’s cold and it was snowing . WELLLLL. 😀
  • I particularly liked the girl power here. And it’s so realistic because Nehemia and Celaena’s friendship was not so stellar at all times but they still managed to come through with it–and in the process protect and empower each other. Sure, there were catfights but I guess that’s normal in any friendship.
  • I’m so confused with Celaena up until the end, she goes and kiss Dorian and thanks Chaol “For making my freedom mean something.” GIRRRRRL YOU CONFUSED THE HELLA OUTTA ME.
  • She is so badass, maybe a shameless flirt one, but still a badass. I feel so proud of her for actually defeating Cain that little sonofab*tch. However, reading that Cain fight was like watching a boxing match where you can just see your bet slowly losing.
  • I hated Kaltain but now I want to know the next thing that happened to her!!!
  • Qualm: She cared for people way too quickly for someone who was imprisoned by these people. She’s too trusting. But maybe that’s just in her nature?
  • This book might have housed the most heartbreaking scene ever in the history of all unrequited love. And of course it featured my bae Chaol.

“…he knew that her thoughts weren’t of him….Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below.”

(Guys, my heart was melted after this. Like, where’d my heart go?! Oh there it is, in a puddle. Why must you do this to Chaol?)
If you’ve read the book, you know this was the night of Yulemas. And I think in this simple ultra-short section of the chapter, I felt like the pain of unrequited love was housed in so briefly but effectively (Is that cheesy?! Idk that’s what I’ve observed.)
  • The way Celeana’s parents were murdered raises to me the question as to why they were murdered. And if Celeana, consequently, has some royalty status going on that she doesn’t know? I mean…it’s kinda suspicious.

All in all, please don’t break my heart in the next book. Please please please.
Do I recommend it? YES! Pick it up my wonderful friend. 🙂
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Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

18003300Title: Love & Misadventure

Author: Lang Leav

Genre: Poetry, Romance, Young Adult

Number of Pages (Paperback): 176

Date Published: April 26th of 2013

Publisher: Lang Leav (self-published)

Synopsis (via GoodReads): 

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Rate: 4 of 5

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I don’t have any way to approach this but to  be upright with it. This book is very basic, simple, outright, and to the point. It is a fuss-free piece of work which I think is a nice thing especially because this is poetry. In my opinion, there is minimal need for a complex form when it comes to poetry. We all have different tastes in poetry and for me being basic and simple is a good thing. In accordance to this, I also want to address how some people hated this but in my point of view–why? It portrays beautiful points of view in love. Often dramatic, yes. But pffft poetic licence, I guess? Haha.

Lang Leav really is a talented fellow. The artist’s beautiful illustrations sprinkled across the pages gave the work a new dimension, making the absorption of the content much easier. I don’t know, it just works.

Overall, this work seems like a classy, simple set of poetry that’s real. No fuss. Unpretentious. Just minimalist goodness and to be honest, yes to that girl!

Do I recommend it? Mm-hmm.

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