Fantasy Book Haul

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Hey y’all!

So I didn’t have a D&D game last week (or this week) so I went to Barnes and Nobles to get me some books because I was in a book slump and I was in a fantasy mood, so I went and got these amazing books that I know that I’m going to love.

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

I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah J. Maas ever since I’ve read Throne of Glass (if you haven’t seen my review, click here  and here to read them!) and I’ve always wanted to read more of her books, so I picked this one up-and I’m currently reading this book right now and I LOVE IT already.

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Crown of Midnight: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas

Just like the Assassin’s Blade, once I get done reading that one I’m going to get started reading this one (okay, maybe after my third re-read of Throne of Glass?) because I can’t WAIT to read more about Celeana and her friends’ adventures.

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The Legend of Drizzt Book II: Exile by R.A. Salvatore

IT TOOK ME SO LONG, BUT I FINALLY GOT SOME R.A. SALVATORE NOVELS. AWE YISS.

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And even though this is the second novel of the Legend of Drizzt series, I’m already planning on getting all of the books so I can read them all.

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The Legend of Drizzt Book III: Sojourn by R.A. Salvatore

MORE DRIZZT!!!! I got the third book, and all I need now is the first book and the rest of the series and then I’m good, because I love reading all of Drizzt’s adventures (if you wanna read the reviews, click here and here to read them!!) and I will be getting more of these series too!

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Book Review: The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

The Fall of the House of Cabal (Johannes Cabal, #5)The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book…this book, this book, this book. The last novel of the Johannes Cabal novel…

It was FANTASTIC. I loved every bit of it and I really want Jonathan Howard to write more from this series because I’m starving for more and I just wanna read more about Cabal and Horst and Leonie and Zarenyia-everyone. And splitting it up to five parts…OMG I LOVED EACH AND EVERY PART. Espically the Great Detective part, when Horst became human for a moment and ate bacon while they were investigating the death of Maximilian Maleficarius, which was saddening and also a bit funny because of Horst eating the bacon…but I have to say, the star of the book has to be Madame Zarenyia, my sister from another mister.

Even her quotes were funny and spot on:

“You’re telling me,’ muttered Zarenyia, drifting at the edge of consciousness. ‘Johannes has one, you know. Terribly clever with it. He got me my sweater. Lots of fish. So many fish.’ Her voice faded into sub-vocalized semi-words.”

“Hello darlings!“ said Zarenyia as she breezed back into Satan’s throne room, a shambling, scuttling sound in her wake assuring her that Ratuth Slabuth was following. ‘Forms signed, bona fides authenticated. You will be delighted to hear that I am now declared a legal visitor to the scenic heart of Hell. Hooray for me!”

“Scrawny creatures, aren’t they? Still, a soul’s a soul.’ She sighed. ‘I am making myself ever so available, and I’m getting for my troubles is a lot of frightened looks and scuttling. Haven’t they ever seen a gorgeous woman before?”

“Do you suppose this is part of the trap, too?’ Zarenyia weighed up the possibilities. “I must say, as traps go it’s a little bit lazy, isn’t it? Tiny it short in the bait department. Why would we want to go in there?’ She squinted, her inhuman senses apparently able to make something out of the pervading shadow. ‘Oh, it’s all right, after all. It’s not trying to get us to go in. It’s letting something out. Much better.”

And the ending, when Horst because of dhampir (yay!!!) and I FINALLY found out that woman in the coffin’s name (Berenice, what a lovely name) and I really do reconmend this series a whole lot!!

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Book Review: Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas

Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street Runners, #1)Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a romance novel in a long time, and I wanted something different to read while I’m reading the other books I’m currently reading at the moment, and Someone to Watch Over Me came at the right time and I loved every single moment of it. I honestly cheered for Grant and Vivien/Victoria, because he stupidly thought she was Vivien the courtesan, which turned out to be her twin sister-trust me, I was shocked myself when I read that part-and then reading how they slowly but surely fall in love…

But the mystery behind Vivien/Victoria was…well, how can I put it….the mystery behind who wanted Vivien dead was a really stupid one. I mean, to hire a Bow Street Runner to do it? Really? Like…I thought the Lord Lane would hire someone from the street to do it…but to actually get a Bow Street Runner to do it? I was actually appalled by it, because it seemed to me that he didn’t want to kill Vivien himself after what she did to his son and grandson, so he hired someone else to do it-and it was someone Grant knew….

At the end I loved the book and would really recommend it to anyone.

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Book Review: The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

The Brothers Cabal (Johannes Cabal, #4)The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book…this book right here made me laugh-like bust out laughing-while also shocking me and making my mouth drop. I loved this book out of all of the Cabal novels I’ve read over the months that I’ve read them, so what is this book about?

Well…Horst is back. Back back. Back from the Dead back. And the ones that brought him back-the Ministerium Tenebrae-wants him to create vampires for their army of the undead, so they can create a country for the undead. Then that’s when the voice of Horst’s ripper-that’s what I call it (I used to watch/read wayyy to much Vampire Diaries and the Originals)-started whispering in his mind like Phury’s did in his book, wanted to do it, to drink the blood from the table, in the wine glass and in the bowl. But he didn’t and escaped with the help of the Dee Society, and then he met Miss Montgomery’s Flying circus.

While they were getting aquiented, they were attacked by zombies, a werebadger, obelisk, and a stone spider *in which I screamed because I hate spiders so much* and then as Horst tells this story to his brother Johannes, he asks him to help him destroy the Ministerium. Though Johannes reluctantly said yes, the two packed up Cabal’s things to meet up with Miss Montgomery’s trio of fliers and went to the rondevous point and met with serveral….how shall I put this….members of each religious group, some were witches (the Sisters of Hecate or the Hades one, I believe) and others were fighters, and before they attacked the Ministerium, they had a meeting, where Cabal explained that the Red Queen was none other than Lady Orfilia Nimuka, daughter of Count Merchal, and on top of that, Rufus Maleficarus is alive and walking…or so he thought.

The Mirkavian battle started, and everyone brought their best warriors out, but the Ministerium lost, even when Horst and Cabal, along with Alisha, went inside the castle to kill Rufus and Lady Misericorde. Cabal tricked Rufus, who turned out to be the Eriskghal Working and trapped him in Rufus’s body, while Alisha died-killed by dopplegangers, and Horst killed them all by listening to his inner ripper and killed them all.

But the ENDING though….Johannes found the book he was looking for, and then asked Horst about the Fountian of Youth and the Philsopher Stone…..but when Ninuka was alone and randomly talking to the urn….THAT was freaky enough.

So I really do recommend this book and the whole series if you haven’t read it yet!

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Book Review: Johannes Cabal the Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard

The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal, #3)The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So this book of the Johannes Cabal series was different than the last two-mostly because they were in the Dreamlands looking for the Phobic Animus (in which THERE WASN’T ONE) and also because it felt like I was on a D&D adventure with Cabal and his companions. So what happened in this book?

Well three men came to Cabal’s house to employ him to go to the dreamlands to retrieve this Phobic Animus. Cabal thought about it and after a day he said yes, and the four of them went to visit a poet that had the Sliver Key, and once he died, off they went into the dreamlands. Sadly throughout the adventure that I cannot remember because I took a break from reading this, but for the rest of the books I will be keeping a journal of all my thoughts:

Shadrach, and Corde died, Miss Smith and Cabal had a very nice conversation, they found a dead hermit’s body and Cabal used necromancy to bring his skull back, the fight on the boat, and one of the Fear Institute People died.

Cabal is scared of cats, though I’m convinced there were Khajits in the book and Corde died, then Bose revealed himself to be Nyarlothotep, and sent Cabal through a dream, where he basically dreamt that his experiments worked, brought that girl in the casket back to life and then died WHYYYYYYYY.

Cabal also changed into a ghoul, didn’t like it, so he made a laboratory so he could make an elixir to make himself hooman again. But the ghoul’s leader took it from him, drank it, and became hooman, but then for some reason Cabal was knocked out, and a weird man came and took him home and took care of him. Now whoever he was knew the house intimately knew where everything was, and when Cabal woke up, he’s like “You’re supposed to be dead….”

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Book Review: Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Return to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #2)Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say, this book is better than the first book, which is weird for me because normally the second book don’t do well than the first. But when I started reading this book, I was instantly hooked all the way to the last page. So the Descendants of the Disney Villains (Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, the Evil Queen, and Jafar) Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos, are quite happy in Auradon-going to Auradon Prep, playing for the Auradon Knights, making friends, even dating King Ben-but of course, did you think their happiness was going to last?

Even when they started to get weird messages about going back to the Isle of the Lost?

At first, they thought it was their parents sending them that message-but Maleficent’s a small lizard, sleeping away in a little glass, and Cruella, Evil Quen and Jafar? Nowhere to be found. Then Carlos found the DarkNet, where there was a photo of the four of them, calling them the ‘AntiHeros’ and have a red X over their faces including over King Ben. So the four of them decided to go back to Isle of the Lost, but after the dance.

But it took some planning, especially when Jay had an interview with Jordan and tricked her into wishing he had the keys to the royal limo (like why Jay why) but once they went to the dance for the Auradon Knights and had to fake that they’re sick, they went to the limo to go back to the Isle of the Lost.

They were stopped by King Ben that was coming back from Camelot because they were having a dragon problem and thought the dragon was Maleficent, but towards the end it wasn’t. He was wondering why they have the limo and how Carlos can drive a car, but once Mal explaned what was going on, he let them go back to the Isle.

When they went back to the Isle of the Lost, they started looking for their parents. Jafar left Iago at the Junk Shop, but Jay did try and steal Anthony Tremaine’s watch, but slipped it in his pocket, Mal went back to Bargain Castle only to find her things left untouched, so she took a backpack and packed it with her things, the Evil Queen left her heart box, and Cruella left her fur coats.

So where were they?

Underground. Looking for their talismans-The Golden Coba, the Ring of Envy, the Dragon’s Egg and Fruit of Venom.

So once they met the AntiHeros Club, they went to find the four talismans before their parents do. And they did, even though they had some obstacles, but they passed them. Then at the end, it turns out the purple dragon wasn’t Maleficent, but was Mad Maddy’s grandmother, Mim, and they stopped her before she destroyed anyone else. And then they returned to the Auradon, and everything was back to normal….for now.

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Book Review: Black Canary #2 by Brenden Fletcher

Black Canary (2015-) #2Black Canary (2015-) #2 by Brenden Fletcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Issue #2 was a bit different, mostly because it was just about Black Canary teaching her band how to defend themselves and then Bo Maeve appears, and honestly I don’t trust that girl for some reason. I really, really don’t. Then the husband (in which I DON’T APPROVE OF) appears out of no where and attacked Dinah, even though he was in a mask and she was shocked that it was him (I was honestly looking for Oliver, but….DAMMIT OLLIE WHERE ARE YOU?)) but I enjoyed it, even though this review was short.

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