Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. Good. Lord. Now I’ve read fantasy novels, but nothing like this, and…IT WAS BLOODY PERFECT. The tests, the bad-assery that is Celeana Sandothrien and just…EVERYTHING. I loved this book so much, that I don’t know if I can do a full book review on it. And the romance….when I first read this in the summer of last year, I loved it. A lot. And now that I read it twice (slowly because of school starting) I still loved it, even now I HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, and can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

(edit) When I first read this book last summer, at first I’d forgotten about Celeana because all I saw was Dorian and Chaol, but then I re-read it again and now I wanna punch Chaol in the throat (have no idea why I want to now, but last time I didn’t) and I still have a thing for Dorian, but the one thing that made me mad was the fight scene between Cain and Celeana. Because honestly when I see Cain…I SEE THIS BEHEMOTH:

Yep….I see the Mountain as Cain. (Though I’m glad he’s semi-knocked out at the moment) And that made me…so mad because he wanted to kill Celeana-FOR WHAT I DON’T KNOW. But I’m glad Celeana won, with the help of Princess Nehemia and Queen Elena and the Wyrdmarks. But then when Cain pulled out the knife to try and kill Celeana…I was honestly on the edge of my seat, but then Chaol came and killed him…so yay Chaol!!!

I still do recommend this book and I will read the next book in the series (hopefully real soon) along with others.

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Book Review: Envy: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Envy (Luxe, #3)Envy by Anna Godbersen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It has been a very long time since I’ve read something from the Luxe series-and once again, I loved it-a lot. It’s like Gossip Girl, but in the 1900s, where people just kept throwing shade after shade after shade about one another, gossiping about whoever they want when they want in the papers (here’s to you, “Gamesome Gallant”…whoever you are….) and, of course, the drama. And when I say drama…my friends, THERE’S SOME DRAMA IN THIS BOOK.

For example, let’s look at the lovely marriage that is the Schoonmakers-Henry and Penelope Hayes. Like, honestly, to tell you the truth, if I was playing a soap character on The Young and the Restless, I want my name to be Penelope Hayes. BECAUSE GOOD LORD GIRL YOU IS ONE SHADY BITCH. Penelope, our resident bitch, keeps threatening Henry to go to the papers about him and Diana Holland, the girl he loves SO MUCH instead of her just so they can be married. And on their trip to Palm Beach, FLA, you best believe that girl kept trying to get Henry to stay away from her. But did that stop him? NOPE NOT REALLY.

Because he went to see her twice-once to tell her that he wasn’t in love with Penelope and two, that he’d divorce Penny and marry Di. Well, see, that didn’t work…..MAINLY BECAUSE THE NEXT MORNING, DIANA SAW THE TWO OF YEHS TOGETHER AFTER THAT DRUNKEN NIGHT OF LOVEMAKING. Yes I’m yelling, but not at Diana, who was trying to move on by going to parties, and even though Miss Penelope sicked her brother Grayson on her, it turned out that he loved her. Oh but the worst (and stupid) part was in the book was the lie (I hope to god it is a lie-I’ve read the last book a long time ago and I don’t remember) she told to the Elder William Schoonmaker, that she was pregnant. PREGNANT, Y’ALL. Henry kept swearing up and down that she’s not, and the ending. The ending, when Henry told her that he’s leaving to fight for his country, Penelope started calling his name, cryin’, not wanting him to go. But he left….so honestly I felt like this was a big ‘HA’ to her.

Now the Holland Sisters….I’ve already done Diana, because honestly, just like Lady Edith from Downton Abbey, THIS GIRL NEEDS TO BE HAPPY-AND I DON’T CARE IF IT’S WITH HENRY OR GRAYSON. But Elizabeth-Elizabeth, the girl who ran off with a boy named Will to California, got married, and when he died (got shot), she went back home to No. 17 Gramercy Park to morn him for a bit, then went on the Palm Beach trip, where she and Penelope realized that *dramatic gasp* she’s pregnant. Yep, that’s right-Miss Elizabeth Holland is pregnant with Will’s baby. And even though the Holland family is broke and Penelope shadin’ and plottin’ over Diana while becoming friends again with Elizabeth, Elizabeth….Elizabeth does something so stupid (to me, at least)….SHE MARRIED MR. SNOWDEN CARINS. LIKE, NO. I noped when I read it in school waiting for my class to start-she didn’t love him, she just married him because he bloody proposed to her-AFTER Teddy Cutting proposed to her first. AGAIN. I wanted her with Teddy, not with Snowden-something about him rubbin’ me the wrong way, and I don’t like it.

And last, but not least, Mrs. Carolina Broad, who honestly needs to hear that Drake song: Started from the bottom now we’re here/Started from the bottom now my whole team fuckin’ here! Because her chapters in the book had me cheering for her. First, Carolina was hanging out with/the charge of a Mr. Longhorn, who died while she was on the Palm Beach trip. When she came back to New York, everything was taken from her-her jewelry, her clothes, everything. So she goes to Tristan Wrigley, a salesman at Lord & Taylor, to help her find a job…and she did….as Mrs. Tilt’s something assistant, but she wasn’t happy with that. So she left as soon as she saw Leland Bouchard, the man she’s crushing on, and went to a dressmaker to try and get a job there, but she stuck herself with a needle, and so she rested in the cold for a while, until that fateful day when she went back to the New Netherland Hotel, where Mr. Longhorn’s will was read, and he gave his home, businesses, real estate, stock and cash to her. And now she’s finally able to live the life she wants now, and maybe….just maybe…she can get Leland Bouchard. Just maybe.

I really really loved this book and I really do recommend it!!!

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A New Dungeons and Dragons Movie?!

So yesterday, as I was chillin’ like a villian, watching my favorite booktubers on YouTube, I randomly looked up Dungeons and Dragons….and came across this…..

Y’ALL….I think the D&D Lords are testing me right now.  LIKE PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS IS TRUE.

If you haven’t noticed…I’m a huge fan of Dungeons and Dragons (even though for the love of god I haven’t played the actual game yet) BUT some bits of the D&D Novels have been on here for review and honestly I love the books and I wanna play the game one day. Even though I have to wait for Warcraft (the movie…with Travis Fimmel….LIKE HURRY UP I CAN’T WAIT) and then the new Alice in Wonderland movie trailer came out this morning (I WANNA SEE THAT TOO…LIKE HURRY UP MAY) but hearing that there will be another Dungeons and Dragons movie?

(also…I found this too on Nerdist News….)

PLEASE WB AND/OR MOVIE GODS, HURRY UP AND MAKE A D&D MOVIE SO I CAN WATCH IT AND LOVE IT AND WATCH IT ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good night, Allegiant. Though this was a beautiful ending to a great series that I never, ever thought I’d pick up and read all three books, it was wonderful. From beginning to end, the Divergent Series has now became one of my favorite book series ever. Though I got confused because of the dual perspectives (and honestly, I hated being in Four/Tobias’s head. I really did.) I got the hang of it, all the way to the ending, where I know why everyone I told on Instagram that I was reading this book that it was heartbreaking-but honestly I was confused. Really confused. But I thought since this is the last book of the Divergent series, I thought I give my final thoughts on the two dual perspectives.

Tris Prior

Tris Prior….good lord, girl. Throughout Divergent, Insurgent and now Allegiant, you have always been the tough girl, the girl who changed factions-from Abnegaation to Dauntless, stopped Jeanine Matthews and now you’re trying to find your place in the New World called Chicago, while trying to figure out your relationship with Four. When you found out that he wasn’t Divergent and he got upset about it, you told him you didn’t care at all, even though you’re Divergent yourself. Sure you still hated your brother Caleb for what he did, betraying you, but in the end you forgave him before you went in that room…and died. Your death was quite shocking to me when I read it, to tell you the truth, and I didn’t want you to die. I wanted you to grow up and be with Four forever. But you will be missed, Tris Prior.

Tobias Eaton/Four

Four…Tobias…..YOU SIR, ARE A LITTLE SHIT. I’m sorry to call you that, but in Allegiant…in Allegiant you pissed me off every single time I read your perspective. Because you joined up with Nita and got your stupid ass caught and went to jail (or wherever you went), and in the beginning of the book you joined up with your mother-YOUR BLOODY MAMA-and I don’t care if you’re her son and you betrayed her in the end (which I felt like was the only good thing you did), YOU MADE ME SO MAD BY DOING THOSE THINGS. And the ending…SON. I CAN’T, DAMMIT, I CAN’T. Now I wanna hug you and call you my cinnamon roll, WHEN I DON’T WANT TO.

I really did love this book (though I yelled at Four throughout the whole entire thing). I don’t know if I wanna read the Four novella book (still deciding on it) but one day I will.

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Bookish Goals for 2016

Hey y’all and welcome back to my blog!

2016 started out with me going back to school and trying to re-read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass and reading Allegiant (in which I’m starting to hate being in Four’s head-a lil’ mini spolier) and also I’ve started my third and hopefully last quarter of the school year. So as January flew by with me trying to pass math as nerve-racking and painfully as possible, I decided to pull out a couple books from my make-shift bookshelf (I don’t have one…*cries loud, Timon-like tears*) BUT I think I pulled out some good ones, even though I said I wasn’t going to do any goals for this year, but sometimes I just can’t help but challenge myself….

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Though it is a blurry picture (sorry about that) here are the seven books and four goals I’m going to try and accomplish this year (while trying to focus on school and enjoy my last quarters at GMC before I transfer).

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Goal #1: Re-Read A High Fantasy Novel

I’ve always loved High Fantasy-magic, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, dragons-anything Fantasy might be already on my bookshelf. Even though I’m re-reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, I also wanna re-visit some of the worlds that I loved and lived in before I got caught up with the YA Fantasy ones (and I’m going to get more of these types of books…and I’m going to get my first Brandon Sanderson novel if it kills me). Dragonlance’s Dragons of Summer Flame was actually my first High Fantasy novel I brought a long time ago on my birthday I believe and I’ve loved it so much after I got done reading it, that I wanted to read more. And I’ve discovered Robert Jordan in middle school with Winter’s Heart, and I loved Robert Jordan’s writing so much, that I decided to get The Great Hunt. I really wanna re-read this book so bad too, since I stopped reading it because of school I think, I don’t remember, but I’m going to either re-read one of these or both of these.

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Goal #2: Read another classic novel. 

Last year I’ve read Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” and I LOVED IT. This year, I wanna read another one-and, of course, Dracula is on the top of that list of Classical novels that it staring at me in the face, along with Jane Austen’s “Emma” that I brought last year and never finish reading it. Of course, I would love to read others, like a Charles’ Dickens novel (saw a post on Anne Nikoline’s blog, and now I wanna read one SO BADLY), along with a Sherlock Holmes novel, thus progressing my love for Sherlock (Whattup, Benedict Cumberbatch!)

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Goal #3: Read another historical fiction book that isn’t a Regency Romance

This one might either break me or make me cry a bit, but I love Regency Romance Novels. I do. A lot. But I’ve always wanted to read something else about my favorite time periods, Historical Fiction, primarily the years of the War of the Roses and the Tudor period. So of course, the first book I picked was The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, since it was turned into a Starz mini-series in 2014, and I love that show and I wanted to read this book SO DAMNED BADLY since I brought it a couple Christmases ago. Now the Queen’s Captive by Barbara Kyle was a book I kept checking out of the library so many times, but I could never finish it. BUT NOT THIS TIME. I got it in paperback, and one day I’m going to read this book one of these damned days….

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Goal #4: Read a Laurell K. Hamilton Novel

Now I love me some Laurell K. Hamilton-I got four of her books in my room…somewhere around here (I know I have Micah and Bullet) but I never got to finish one Laurell book. So the last and final goal is to read one (or both, or all) of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and actually enjoy it and try not to drool at Micah…or Jason…or wish I had Anita’s ardeur

Those are the four goals and the seven books I’m going to try and tackle this year! I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a good year, and all I hope for is the best.