Books · Wrap-up

November Wrap Up!

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The first book I finished in November was Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas.

Rating: 5 Stars
Spoiler-free Review here! | Discussion here!

 

 

 


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Less exciting, the next book I finish was: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
This was required reading for me, if it hadn’t have been on my course I would’ve DNF’d it.
This was probably the most boring book I’ve ever read.

I don’t usually give a rating for required reads but I am for this:
Rating: 1 Star.
DO NOT recommend. So bad.

 


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After finishing KoA I literally couldn’t stop thinking about it, I couldn’t pick up another book. After finishing Huckleberry Finn for class, I was well and truly in a slump.
So… I decided to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. 

Rating: 4 Stars
Reread review coming soon!

 

 


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Another required read for uni, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. This started out slow and I didn’t think I was going to like it but I ended up really enjoying it!

Rating: 3.75 Stars

 

 

 

 


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And of course, I had to read A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. After reading ACOTAR, I just had to continue on to this amazing book.

Rating: 5 Stars
Reread review coming soon!

 

 


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Finally, the last book I finished in November was A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas.
Obviously, I had to continue my reread of ACOTAR, I loved this even more than last time!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 


DNF’d Books:
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Thought I’d also mention a book I started to read in this month but didn’t finish and won’t be finishing: Wise Children by Angela Carter – This was required reading for class but I seriously couldn’t get through it. I read about half but it was seriously boring and I couldn’t get into it at all.

 


November Blog Posts:
October Wrap Up!
Reread Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
Largest Books on My TBR | Top 5 Wednesday
Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas| Aka me screaming/gushing (Spoiler free)
Books I Want To Read Before 2019 | Top 5 Wednesday
Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Characters I’d Want at Friendsgiving!| Top 5 Wednesday
Things I LOVED About Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas | Discussion
5 Reasons You Should Read Villains by V.E. Schwab!

 


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Books · Review

Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas| Aka me screaming/gushing (Spoiler free)

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“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom …”


 

Synopsis:
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

 


Everyone is probably posting reviews for this or is reading it. It’s literally everywhere but honestly, it’s so worth the hype.

*Warning there will be heavy use of capslock in this review*
Because I will never stop screaming about this book.

Will also probably have a discussion post with spoilers coming soon, so I can properly scream about KoA.


Plot:
Let me just start off by saying: this was perfection. I couldn’t have hoped for a better finale. I cannot fault this book, at all.
It is a big book, almost 1000 pages – it had me worried at first. I thought maybe it’d be slow and dragged out, judging on the size of the book. However, I was so wrong. It really didn’t feel like a big book. SJM has a gift, I honestly just drink up her books; it was so addictive and gripping.
The pacing was perfect. There weren’t any boring parts, it was full-on entertainment (+heartbreak) for over 900 pages.
I was not ready to cry as much as I did, I don’t think I have ever cried so much over so many instalments throughout a book before. I was a complete mess reading this book, it was an emotional rollercoaster. I will never recover.
This book was both painful and beautiful. *Sobs*

Thank you, Sarah J Maas, for the beautiful conclusion to the Throne of Glass series. But also for the biggest book hangover ever, I literally cannot stop thinking about it.


Characters:
Aelin:
The amount Aelin suffers in this book is heart-wrenching! But god, her character development has been so so good. Her relationships, friendships and interactions with all of them are amazing.

Dorian:
MORE AMAZING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Holy shit, man. I love him.

Elide:
MY QUEEN ELIDE. God I love her. I love her sass, her development. HER EVERYTHING. Her banter with Lorcan, I cannot get enough of their interactions.

Manon: 
GUYS. It has happened. I finally like Manon. Her character development has been so dramatic and good, I actually enjoyed her in this book. (Still, do not ship Manorian)

Chaol & Yrene: Okay, so I’ve never been a fan of Chaol, unless he’s with Dorian, their friendship is beautiful but he was definitely more tolerable in this one. Yrene was okay too.

Rowan: ROWAELIN FOREVER. His love for Aelin is beautiful. I love them.

Aedion:
I hated him so much in this book, I know he was upset about Aelin but dear GOD. He was an insufferable asshole. I’ve never been the biggest fan of him but I found him beyond annoying in this.

Lysandra:
LYSANDRA DESERVES BETTER. That’s all I’m saying.

Rating: 5 amazing Stars


Reviews for the others:  TAB |TOG| COM | HOF | QOS |EOS

Purchase the book here on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback


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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year | Top 5 Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday!
Since I plan on posting a lot over the summer, I realised I’d run out of blog post ideas pretty quickly.  So I decided I’m going to start doing Top 5 Wednesdays. I don’t know if I will do them every single week but I’ll be doing whenever I like the topic!
*Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics!


1) Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Finally, I can now read Strange the Dreamer! I will be picking this up asap in anticipation of Muse of Nightmares, I love Laini Taylor’s writing and previous series so I have no doubts that I’ll love this too.

 

2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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I also really want to watch the BBC miniseries, so I need to read this asap so I can binge watch that afterwards!

 

3) The Hobbit by J.R.R TolkienIMG_20180523_160150_342.jpgUnpopular opinion:  I think Tolkien is overrated. I’ve read the first two Lord of the Rings books and honestly can’t see what the fuss is about. I found them to be pretty boring so I’ve been putting off reading The Hobbit. I found this gorgeous edition, which did make me want to read it more but I’m still worried I’m not going to like it.


4) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff

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Obsidio was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018, why haven’t I read it yet? I have no idea. But now I feel like I should reread the first two, as I read them ages ago before I start this one and I’ve been putting it off. Sigh.

 

5) Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

9781408872918Another anticipated release, that hasn’t actually been released yet and I can guarantee as soon as I get my hands on this I will be reading it. I am dying to know how this series ends, it’s going to be a big book too, so I’ll be disappearing for a week when this comes out.


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