A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

First book done and dusted for the month. The best book to kick off May! 😊

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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—MY REVIEW —

Brace yourself… this is going to be long, fangirling/ ranting gibberish review. I apologize now! 😜

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Fuuuuuuuuuck! THE. BEST. BOOK. EVER! This is my most favourite book read so far of 2016!!! I could not get enough of it. I just could not put it down! I was hooked from page one and now I’m obsessed! (‘obsession’ is not even a strong enough word to describe the feels!!)

Eeeeeeeeeeeep!!! I can’t stop smiling! 😁😁

A definite must read!! I originally got a hardcover edition of this book but I just ordered a paperback version earlier today so I can take that one with me whenever I’m out and add post-its to that one to remind me of all my fave quotes, lines and parts of the book 🙂

This is one of my favourite fantasy fiction series. Sarah J Maas is a beautiful literary genius! Thank you Sarah for this wonderful world you have created!

I can’t get enough of Rhys! The quote “I have non-fictional feelings for very fictional characters” was clearly created for characters like Rhys because it definitely implies for me!

I knew I chose right with Rhys when I first read ACOTAR. I knew there was something about him that Tamlin didn’t have..and I was soooooo right! My gosh! #TeamRhysand now and forever!

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This was such an easy book to read. So much detail that you will never be bored of reading it. I only wish it was longer (hehe coz clearly 624 pages ain’t enough) 😛

Now that I’ve finished reading it, I’m in a major ACOMAF hangover! I can’t even think of reading anything else new anytime soon because it’ll probably pale in comparison! If anyone has a cure for this type of hangover, please let me know! Or else I might just keep rereading and rereading all my favourite parts from the book!

If you love reading YA fantasy fiction and love the Throne of Glass series, I guarantee you’ll love this series too!

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Before I get into the nitty-gritty review — I should say that although this book is under the YA fantasy fiction “umbrella”, I have to say that this book is definitely targeted more towards the older “YA” readers. It’s very detailed. It’s definitely not PG rated (if you catch my drift). 

Okay. Now that I’ve said that little disclaimer. I’m going to start off with the good things about this book! 🙂

This book is so detailed! and I mean SO. MUCH. DETAIL! Trust me, with some of the things described in this book, you will not be able to avoid picturing it in your head. 😉😉

It’s an easy pace with short chapters (which I prefer). I find if the chapters are longer than 10 pages, there’s a higher chance I’ll get disinterested in finishing it.

The storyline is action-packed. There’s so much going on, that there is no way you’ll get bored or find the story dragging. It’s got action, romance, humor, suspense, drama… what more can you ask for?

If you’ve read ACOTAR and rooted for Rhys, then yeah… I would say you would definitely, absolutely LOVE ACOMAF! 💙

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Rhys is such a honey-bunny! He is the most perfect being ever! The stuff he says and does for Feyre just melts my heart. Not to mention he’s got that bad boy exterior with a sweet, loving interior that all us fangirls love to read about. 😜 And did I mention he’s such a smartass? Yep, a funny one to boot! I say, if he has a great personality, smexy (aka smart and sexy) and can make you laugh, then he’s a winner, folks! 😉

Who wouldn’t love Rhys? Like c’mon! When I got to the part where he explains everything to Feyre, I stopped breathing! I was speechless. It all clicked in. Everything made sense! (Sarah J. Maas is a genius with her writing abilities).

The humorous sexual banter going on throughout the book between Feyre and Rhysand lifts the mood of an otherwise dramatic storyline. Chaos and possible war brewing between courts and lands are happening but yet you get moments of them flirting and thinking about each other and sharing things that they would never with anyone else. It’s the personal, private moments they have that made me fall in love with this book. The quick glances of concern, smirks and lines they say to each other (that have deeper meanings) give me the feels! Like I said earlier… there’s so much detail in this book that a scene can instantly form in your head with each word you read.

I have a couple minor negatives though (I’m talking teeny tiny):

  • The story ended! (lol) no seriously, it ended with such a good cliffhanger that I desperately need the next book now!
  • I did find a few things in the storyline predictable but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s things that would ruin the experience of reading it because I still loved it!
  • I was a little meh… undecided? on the ending. Some parts I saw coming but some completely surprised me and I honestly don’t know if I like where it’s heading. I’m seriously concerned that the next book may destroy me. I sense a whole lot of crying will go on.
  • I was so disappointed with both Tamlin and Lucien in this book (Lucien especially, because I loved him in ACOTAR). My opinion of Lucien changed after reading this one. To think I originally said that Lucien would be someone I would’ve been great friends with…well not anymore! All I can say is Lucien better get his act together in the next book!

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Tamlin. Tamlin. Tamlin. Tsk tsk tsk. I’m not even surprised. I saw it coming from the beginning that he was just wrong. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG! Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is! 😞

Oh I almost forgot. I LOVE Rhys’ inner circle. Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren are just the best bunch of people. I love their group dynamic and their relationship with one another. One of my fave parts is definitely the dinner scene where they all share their stories with Feyre. They’re not just friends, they’re family and it really shows in this book how close they all are with each other and how far they’ll go to keep each other safe!

#TeamRhysand #TeamNightCourt All. The. Way!! 🙌🙌

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

I really, really recommend this book (this entire series, really) to everyone! It’s my favourite book read so far of 2016 and my most favourite series since Harry Potter! Yeah, that’s right! I put it out there… this is my one of my top most favourite book series ever!! I’m urging anyone who hasn’t picked this one up to do so! You won’t be disappointed! 😊

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Happy reading, guys! Wishing you all well. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I know I’m posting this review a little late. But here it is nevertheless. This was my last read for April. Hope you guys enjoy! 😊

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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?

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— MY REVIEW —

This series just gets better and better!! 😄 This book was worth reading over sleeping any day! I must admit, it started a little slow for me before I started getting into the story but I tell you what… after I was sucked back in..it was downhill from there. The momentum just kept picking up speed and I couldn’t put the book down.

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I can’t say I have a favourite book in the series. I just think it’s one long continuous story (which it is, duh) broken into several books. But Heir of Fire is definitely deep into the story now and a lot of things are happening which I find makes the book really action-packed. I didn’t find it at all boring or tedious, in fact it’s another highly recommended read! 😊😊 This series has become one of my favourite fantasy fiction series of all time!

Now if you haven’t read the book, I advise you stop reading from this point onwards. I don’t want to spoil it for you because it really needs to be read and experienced first hand.

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This book had a few stories going on so I thought I’d give you guys little reviews for each one…

Let’s start off with Dorian and his new love interest; Sorscha: I knew when Sorscha came into the scene that something was bound to happen between them. And I’m kind of glad it did because I like Dorian. I may not have said it before because I only had eyes for Chaol but I’ve always liked Dorian too. He’s sweet but I knew he wasn’t meant for Celaena. I’m so glad he’s disposition hadn’t changed much from the first two books to now. He’s still very much caring and not at all like his father. Which I feared he would turn into after the developments between him, Celaena and Chaol. I thought maybe he would become mean but nope. Not at all. Sorscha was good for him! Which makes it all the more sadder that they won’t get to be together til the end. During a particular shocking scene, I was so stupefied at what I had read. In one hand I kind of saw it coming but in the other I was seriously thinking ‘Everything is fine. It’s going to okay’. It just wasn’t sinking in. Not my favourite part of the book at all. No, no.

Next up: Chaol. He, unfortunately was not the leading man in this book and I’ll admit I was not really loving him here either. In all honesty… every time it was Chaol’s part in the book, I just felt bad for the guy. He’s stuck in a mess and torn between so many people. He really needs friends. That’s all I could think of… he just needed friends. I hope it gets better for him in the upcoming books.

The whole deal with the Witch Clan War: This was probably my least favourite parts of the book just because it was hard getting through which clan was which. I mean, there was the Blackbeak, the Bluebloods and Yellowlegs and not to mention the names of each character from whichever clan. I’ll probably have to reread the book again just for this storyline alone. I can’t help feeling I should’ve liked it a lot more. But I will say this – I love Abraxos; that hard-headed brat. 😜 And I love his relationship with Manon! ❤

Finally, Celaena (aka Aelin) and Rowan…

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Omg Rowan! How have you managed to worm your way into my heart you big meanie! 😉 *sigh* But I’m seriously not surprised anymore… I’ve read enough Sarah J Maas books to know she does this all the time. Giving us a yummy, sexy character who’s all broody with a bad boy exterior when really he’s just the most sweetest, caring and protective person everrrrr!! 😁 I didn’t think I could love anyone more than Chaol for Celaena but I think I was wrong. Rowan and Celaena just seem to fit perfectly. Two peas in a pod! To me they seem like soulmates. But the way Sarah J. Maas wrote Heir of Fire, it seems like they might just end up being the closest of friends, bonded by their similar experiences in life and nothing more. I really hope there are further developments between them in the next book or so, because I don’t think I can be content with how the book ended with these two! #reallywishing

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

I highly, highly, highly, hiiiiiiiiiighly recommend you pick up this book and read it!!

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Two: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m a little late with posting this review. But with the horribleness that is April. I’m glad I’m finally able to start getting my mind off things and it’s all thanks to this gorgeous book!

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Feyre’s survival rests upon 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 obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn 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.

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OH. MY. GOLLYYYYYYYY! This is my favourite new fantasy fiction novel! I was hooked from beginning to end. I couldn’t put the book down. Sarah J. Maas has outdone herself. I seriously think this is better than Throne of Glass (not necessarily the whole series because it’s too early to tell but I definitely preferred the storyline over Throne of Glass). It’s bomb-diggity! I love love love it! I can only say good things about it.

If you haven’t read it, do it! Do it now! Don’t wait any longer because A Court Of Mist and Fury will be out in days! DAYS!! I know I can’t wait to get my hands on my copy.

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Okay…

Let’s start off with Feyre. She may just knock off Celaena from Throne of Glass as my new favourite female kickass protagonist. 😉 I love how she’s mortal but yet she can stand on her own two feet against the Fae. She’s a survivor, she’s tough but you also see the girl in her. The thoughts she shares about Tamlin or her family and her fears. She’s just a very relatable character.

Now let’s just discuss Tamlin (aka “Hottie McHigh Fae”). I love how much he tries with Feyre. Right from the beginning when she gets to Spring Court..and I love how she just brushes him off. Such sass! LOL. 😜 But seriously now… the sexual tension between those two was practically leaping off the pages the more in delve deeper into the book.

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I don’t usually picture the whole character when reading, just certain features the author has shared like the colour of their hair, their built, etc… so when Feyre mentions Tamlin’s gorgeous green eyes, for some reason that’s all I picture now when he’s talking. Is that weird?

Anyways, back to my review. I’m also loving Lucien. I think he is just the perfect friend. He’s a smartass but in a funny, joking way. Every time he’s in a scene, I always look forward to what he’s about to say or what his reaction is. And although it’s obvious there’s nothing between Feyre and him besides friendship, I like that fact that they have become close (considering how Feyre wasn’t a fan of their kind to begin with).

The overall storyline grabs you and sucks you into their world. You really get to see the difference between the Mortal land to the Faes; the way each side lives because of Feyre. The characters (different types of fae) that Sarah J Maas includes in this book are so intriguing, that I would be exactly like Feyre in wanting to know more about them. I found this book to be an easy read. The pace wasn’t slow at all. I never found any bits to be too boring or dragging on.

But this review is not all sunshine and rainbows. Let’s talk about that b*tch of a Fae Queen herself: Amarantha! I’d like to smack her face! I probably won’t get a chance being mortal and all but still… all the more reason why I like Feyre. She’s mortal but she’s tough and determined and doesn’t need magic or power to stand up against her. I’m so glad Amarantha was splattered in the end! But I can’t help feeling it may not be the end. I mean if she’s really gone, then I don’t doubt the next threat to Feyre, Tamlin and the world of Fae would be worst. As you many know, this is only book one of the trilogy. 😉

Before I end this little rant of a review. I have to mention another character who crept up into my heart and made himself comfy. I’m talking about Rhysand. 😲

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I knew there was something about him since that first encounter. My oh my, the way Feyre described him, sounded mm mm mm *drools* Who doesn’t love a bad boy?  Who may or may not have some good in him!?? I love Tamlin with Feyre… but I don’t know… I kind of want to see if there are any developments in the coming books between Rhysand and Feyre. Am I the only one? Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s curious! 😜

Before I wrap this super long review up. I just want to say, although I’m giving this book full ratings, I have to mention I was a little unsure of Feyre turning into a High Fae. I get that they did it to save her life but I kind of wanted her to stay mortal for a little longer. I kind of expected her to turn into one of them eventually but I didn’t think it would come to that so quickly into the story. But my opinion on this doesn’t change how I feel about this book. I still LOVE IT!! and highly, highly recommend it! 😁😁

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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📘 A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas


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Hope you’re all well. Happy reading and as always, catch you in my next one! Xo

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Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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To be honest I thought it was just alright.

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I loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door but this one was a little lackluster for me. Even I couldn’t believe how I was reacting to this story whilst reading it.

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It started off great – thought it was going to be just like the previous two in the series but by the time I got to the middle of the book I was getting a bit annoyed by Isla and Josh and their whole situation that was going on. I don’t know what it is really. Maybe it’s the fact that sometimes I thought Josh wasn’t serious about Isla or maybe it’s the way Isla changed when she started dating Josh that I didn’t really like..? I can’t pinpoint it to just one thing that made me not like the storyline as much.

But I am glad the pace picked back up in the last 10 chapters! *phew!* I love the part where Josh and Isla were both back in America, trying to keep in contact. They’re determined. I’ll give them that! Lol. The part with Josh’s manuscript was really touching (the second time round at least… the first time I was thinking the exact same thing as Isla. Like what the!??)

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Some of the content in the book is definitely for mature minded readers because there’s a lot of kissing and non-stop touching and sex. (To the point where I just wanted to skip past it coz there’s points in the book where Josh and Isla can’t keep their hands off each other and it goes on for a while that you get sick of reading it).

The beginning and end were the definite highlights of the book for me. It doesn’t have as much humour as the previous books which may be another reason as to why I favoured this one the least. It wasn’t as light-hearted as the others. I think it needed some humour in a few parts to lift the mood up. Surprisingly I did get teary during their breakup (the feels were on high reading this part. I was bawling my eyes out – I just felt sorry for them both).

If this book wasn’t in a series and just a standalone book… then yeah I would say it was a great read but the problem is I can’t stop comparing it to the others, which is a pity coz loving the first two made this final one seem like I hated it. Which I don’t. It’s still pretty nice! 😊

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I still recommend this book to YA readers who like Contemporary/ Romance books. And I highly recommend the series in general!

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for this series!

(In reading order)

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Book One: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Two: Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins


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Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“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.

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I am seriously loving this series. Although this is only book 2, it packs a punch! Whenever there was any interaction between Celaena and Chaol I was on the edge of my seat. When Celaena was in “assassin” mode, I was on the edge of my seat. When something got discovered and I didn’t see it coming – you got it.. I was on the edge of my seat. You can pretty much just say there was no point in me “sitting” for any part of it. 😀

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Oh, and I’ll give you a little tip now.. make sure you read this when noone is around. I found myself mumbling (out loud) when I read certain parts and cursing at particular characters whenever they said or did something I disagreed with. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem, right? 😜

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Before I go any further, incase I didn’t mention it clearly in my Throne of Glass review, usually when people read the book, they usually find themselves deciding who they preferred – Chaol or Dorian..? Well, I chose Chaol (keep this little tidbit in mind when you read on).

So, back to my review…

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I so badly wanted to see what new developments were going to show up between Celaena and Chaol in this book. And when it finally happened..during Chaol’s birthday I was giddy and happy that they finally expressed how they felt to one another…

And boy oh boy did they ever haha! It turned from admitting they care for each other, to kissing to full on..uhhh not kissing *wink wink, get my drift?* and lots of it! All in a short amount of time too and call me immature but I could not stop laughing at how quickly they turned into horny teenagers (oh wait they are lol)

So yeah..by this stage I was feeling super happy and light-hearted, then.. BAMMMM!!

Uh oh, game over! Cut to the chase: horrible things happen; Chaol feels guilty and Celaena turns into Death herself. Here anger was practically coming off of the page as I was reading it. I could feel the rage! (Here’s where my little tip from earlier comes in handy again). All I know is even I was shaking my head at Chaol, poor guy. But I was glad that she was able to turn to Dorian during the uneventful time (and not in a hooking up kind of way), they sort of became friends again. When she ended her relationship with Dorian in the first book, I was relieved coz I wanted her with Chaol but I never wanted her to distance herself from Dorian or be cold towards him (which I think she was for most of this book). I always thought he was a nice guy, but I had always just preferred Chaol. So when they kind of stuck together to get through the troubles they were dealing with, I just sat there and thought: Yes! Finally..they’re friends again – I missed the times when they just hanged out and talked. It always had a different..umm feel? or atmosphere? to it then whenever she was with Chaol. Does that make sense? (Sorry if it’s just a whole heap of babble).

I’m really looking forward to reading more about Dorian too. This book gives you a little more insight to Dorian and his life, so I can’t wait to see how it all goes down in the next books for him.

But besides the whole romance bit, I love the fact that this book; this series has a bit of everything. It’s action packed. I love it whenever Celaena kicks ass! The way Sarah J Maas describes how Celaena, gets into the zone, packs her weapons and goes in armed and ready to kill anything in here way always makes me feel like I’m watching some sports game and my team is kicking butt! It also has a bit of mystery so you’re always guessing and questioning what’s going to happen next. It’s a fantasy fiction that lives up to the hype. I’ll leave it at that!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

I’m really loving this series so yes I am recommending it to you, just like it was recommended to me! It’s definitely a hyped up book series for a reason. Trust me, don’t give this one a miss! 😉

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Three: Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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The Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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

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

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I died. This book killed me! I exceeded my amount of feels each time I opened it to read more chapters.

My rating for the first book in the series (The Kiss Of Deception) was almost perfect and although I’m not giving this book the full 5 star rating either, I would say it did surpass the first one. I think it’s because this is the “heart” of the storyline now (see what I did there!?) 😄 The first book, was still new to us readers. We were still getting to know this world, the characters and the situation. The Heart Of Betrayal definitely delves into each character and how they came to be.

I love how the book transitions from character to character when you read a new chapter and very well written – It tells you at the beginning of the chapter which character’s point of view you’ll be reading but the way it’s written you can already imagine that character in your head saying those things. It doesn’t get confusing and I love how well Mary E. Pearson has structured it.

Now let’s get to the feels..

If you read my review on the first book, you’ll be aware that I found Lia to be a little frustrating with her choices. Well. It hasn’t changed lol.

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If I didn’t make it clear in my review of This Kiss Of Deception, I’ll make it clear in this one. I am Team Kaden. I was rooting for Kaden the millisecond he revealed his true identity. I was seriously hoping and praying and wishing for Lia to pick him. I wanted them to be “it”. The first book ended in a cliffhanger with Lia, Kaden and Rafe, so when I finally started reading this book I was still so hopeful! I wasn’t going to think any bad thoughts until I officially read it on the page.

Let me paint you a picture: It’s the final rose ceremony. Only one rose left. Who does Lia choose? Rafe or Kaden? 

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WHY LIA, WHY!!!?!?!?!?

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The seconds before I read it, I knew where it was heading and I wish I had the strength to close the book. She confessed her love to…the wrong freakin’ guy!! Whyyyyy!!??? I’m still questioning it. I’m still confused. I’m still in awe of how stupid she’s being. How can she not see how perfect Kaden is for her. I mean yeah.. sure, he’s a bit of a dumbass when it comes to Venda and the Komizar and their ways. And there’s times you wanna slap the back of his head to get him to wake up.. but whenever he’s around Lia, and whenever I read his points of view in the book, I cannot for the life of me hate him. Grrrrr!

Quick Question: To those who’s read this or the first book — Do you feel the same way? Did you pick Kaden too and root for him? Sigh.

Lia frustrated me since the first book and she has frustrated me in this book, so I doubt it’ll change in the third and final book in the series. I can’t wait to get my hands on it though and see how it all goes down with each of the characters.

IMG_20160320_132058Besides the whole love triangle and adding the Komizar into the mix, there’s still the story of her having the “gift”, the war between lands, vengeance and having power.

It might sound like a whole lot is going on and yes there is but it all ties in together very well. I found it to be an easy read and easy to get hooked on.

There is a certain sad part in this book that I did see coming but by all means did not stop me from getting teary-eyed. 😞

I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book. I recommend the whole series. If you’re into YA fantasy fiction with love triangles thrown in then this is for you.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½


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Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. 

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— MY REVIEW —

O My Goodness!! I am seriously loving Stephanie Perkins’ way of writing her stories! I am constantly smiling, laughing and talking at my book, saying things like “Nooo!!” or “Stop that!!” or asking questions like “Why??’ or “How could you?!?” just to realise that I’m really just talking to myself. I even had a couple occasions where my sister walked past during mid-rant and gave me a raised eyebrow. #Sighhhhh

After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I HAD to read the next installment. And boy was I just as happy with this one as the first.

Before I get any further into my review, I’m just going to say it now. I’m sorry Etienne. But you’ve been knocked off the “Perfect Fictional Guy” throne. Cricket is the MOST sweetest guy. Yes, he hurt Lola at the beginning (which ultimately hurt me too) but his persistence and never-ending love for her, even just as friends had me rooting for him until the end!

P.S. I’m just putting it out there… I still love Etienne.

Ok moving on..

I will say this though, Lola’s boyfriend throughout this book. What’s his name? Max. I actually liked him when he’s first introduced into the story. I thought he was caring and understanding of Lola and her family and whenever she was upset or if they had a disagreement, he was quick to apologize and make up with her.

How. Could. He. Be. Such. A. Douchebag?! My thoughts about Max did a complete 360. I wanted to punch him… for Lola’s sake of course. All I can say is good riddance!

Don’t take this the wrong way but I found Lola’s dad Nathan to be too much at times. Like, woah man take it easy, you know? Thank goodness for her other dad Andy.

Calliope (Cricket’s twin) – all I can say for most of the book was “What the heck is your problem, b*tch?!?” Excuse my language but c’mon what was her deal!??

But all in all, Cricket and Lola are MFEO! (made for each other). They just know each other inside out and even when they were apart, they still remembered things about each other.

Here is one of my fave parts from the book:


“So you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.

“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.

“If the person is…Lola?”

This time he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”


I’m dead. This killed me. I’m dead! LOL 😂😂😂

I highly recommend it. But read Anna and the French Kiss first coz they make a cameo in this story and it’ll be a lot easier to know what they’re talking about if you experience what they went through for their relationship.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Three: Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


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The Disney Book by Jim Fanning

Full Title: The Disney Book (A Celebration of the World of Disney) 

IMG_20160306_002616Yay! First review for the month! 😉

— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

This is the history of Disney all in the one book. If you ever wanted to know where Walt Disney started out, what his big break was, the journey from page to screen and all the fun facts in between, then this is it. Everything that was created or worked on by Disney is in this book along with illustrations; original drawings, models, plans, and photos that will grab the reader’s attention.

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— MY REVIEW —

This was not in my original March TBR list (see my post → March Reading List). I had gotten this book unplanned a few days ago while I was shopping and couldn’t help but read it already when I got home 🙂

It’s a great book if you are a Disney fan like me. It gives you the history of Disney – how Walt Disney started it all with his brother. The type of drawings and short films he started with all the way up to the most recent work created.

The book includes a timeline which I loved! I liked looking at what they had created and accomplished each year and the events that occurred like the first Disney office or the first theme park and on a sadder note, when Walt Disney died.

The illustrations included in the book are copies of the originals done by the animators which is pretty cool. It also has fun facts on how they came up with ideas on certain looks, stories, music and the people that inspired them.

It also comes with a movie cel from the movie Brave (I didn’t open my one but it’s still nice to have).

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

This is a great book to keep in any disney fan’s collection. I would even leave it on my coffee table for whenever someone wants to just flip through. The photos alone are worth it. I highly recommend it! 🙂

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If you’re a Disney fan too and want to get a copy for yourself (definitely worth it) then I’ve added a link below to where you can get your own copy.

→ Book Depository (please note this is an affiliate link)

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Hope you guys liked and found this review helpful. Catch you guys next time and happy reading! 😀

 

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling

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— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

These are wizarding world’s own version of fairy tales and folklore all in the one book. Some of which have been mentioned by Ron Weasley in the HP books. Each tale has additional notes added by Professor Dumbledore himself to help “muggles” understand some parts of the tale that only witches and wizards would know about.

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— MY REVIEW —

This review will be short and sweet.

This may be a little surprising (I know it was to me) but I haven’t read this book until now. Considering I think of myself as Harry Potter fan (I mean hello? My blog name alone!) I had never read it even though I had the book sitting on my shelf for ages…

But this is a great little book to have for any Harry Potter fan. If you’re a fan of reading any type of fairytale, folklore, myth, legend, whatever.. then will like reading the wizarding world’s version of them. I like how each story is short so it doesn’t drag on and get boring. I love the notes Professor Dumbledore provides for each one afterwards – it gives you a bit of an insight into his thoughts. Some were a little funny 😛

JK Rowling is a genius for writing Harry Potter and just plain brilliant for also making short stories in relation to it like Harry’s textbooks (Quidditch through the Ages/ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and now this. Like I said earlier.. it’s a great little addition to any HP collection.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/5

I’m glad I at least read it once. I probably won’t read it again (at least any time soon anyways). To be honest I had always just loved it displayed on my shelf next to the rest of my HP books 😀

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If you guys are interested in adding this to your book collection, I’ve added a link below to where you can buy it (with free shipping).

→ Book Depository (please note this is an affiliate link)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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— MY REVIEW —

First book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. But don’t be fooled… this book is not like the Disney version.

Linh Mei (aka Cinder) is gutsy and doesn’t take shit from anyone. Yeah sure she has to deal with her stepmother guardian Adri and annoying stepsister Pearl on a day to day basis, having to deal with their rudeness, demands, repairs and everything in between all because she’s still underage and by law Adri is in “charge” of her. But that doesn’t stop her from planning ways to escape and to ensure she’ll never be found. I love how she talks back to them when she needs to stick up for herself or for her friends. Having the younger stepsister be close to Cinder is a nice change from the original story of “two” evil stepsisters.

I also love the fact that the setting is set in Asia. Although Cinder is also known as Linh Mei, I don’t actually think she is of Asian descent but Prince Kai might be. It’s refreshing to read stories based in Asia because I don’t see it enough. Stories I’ve read are usually set somewhere in America or Europe (if not in new a world).

Cinderella is my all time favourite fairytale (besides The Little Mermaid) so I had high hopes for this book. I was not disappointed. I love the fact that Cinder is no damsel in distress. If anything she’s the knight in shining armor (well part of her anyways like her arm and leg) hehe. 😜

After reading a few chapters I did have thoughts as to where the story would lead to and with no surprises by the end of the book I was correct. So yeah, I did find some predictability in the story but it doesn’t ruin it in any way. If you end up reading this book or have already read it and thought the same thing as me, I’m sure you would still have read it til the end to see if you were right. True?

I also have a minor problem with books ending in cliffhangers. Yes, I know this one is part of a series but I would have liked the ending to feel more wrapped up for this particular part of the story before reading the next one. It felt like watching a scene from a show on tv that had been abruptly cut off for a commercial before the scene could even end properly. If that makes sense? [Tip]: Unlike myself, make sure if you start this book that you already have the next at hand so you can read what happens next asap! (Im)patiently waiting for book 2 to be delivered! Grrrr!!

But besides nitpicking at these teeny tiny issues, I loved the book and cannot wait to read the next installment. I hear it just gets better and better. So with the four stars I’m giving Cinder, I guess the rest will be full ratings #hopeful

Ooohh! I almost forgot about Prince Kai. What can I say? He’s sweet, dreamy, caring… all the characteristics of a perfect (fictional) man! 😜

I love the effect he has on Cinder. It’s cute and I couldn’t help but let out a cheesy grin at the part where he asks her to go to the ball hehehe… 😄😄😄

If anything, I’d read the book just for the Cinder/ Kai interactions! 😉

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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📚 Read my review for the next book in the series!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


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