Review: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

GUESS WHO’S BACK?!?! Well, I say that every time I come on here and then I leave for another week. But, today I decided to FINALLY write up my Queen of Shadows review. I loved this book so much and I can’t wait for you all to read my thoughts on it SOOO, let’s get straight into this review!


Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Information:

Title/Author: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (4)

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Release Date: September 1, 2015

ISBN: 9781619636040


Synopsis:

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.


My Thoughts:

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! IT WAS THE EPITOME OF ALL BOOKS AND I COULDN’T HAVE WISHED FOR ANYTHING BETTER FROM SARAH J. MAAS!

Wow, that was one heck of an intro but we’ll just go with it because it is the absolute truth. This book completed me. It filled me with sorrow, happiness, pity and every other emotion one could experience throughout life. This book did the unexpected to me, too. It compelled me to love books even more, which from anytime before that, I would’ve said was impossible. Just a reminder to myself, anything is possible.

One of my favorite pasts of this novel was Celaena herself, of course. **Wow, shocker**. I should probably get into the hang of calling her Aelin now but I feel like at heart, she still Celaena. Even if Celaena was never her real name. But ANYWAYS, in QOS, Aelin brought out the every bit of her bad-ass personality. She was feisty, scary and full-on fierce. Aelin brought forward everything within her. She killed, fought and saved people for her loved ones. And in the end her “court”(is that even the right word?) was made, with her as queen.

Could anyone believe all of the stress Sarah put us through waiting for Rowan to come back? I couldn’t help but wonder to myself, “what is she doing to me. what is this series without Rowan?”. But then, out of no where, he comes back and pieces the whole story back together. It went from a helpless Aelin, Aedion, Chaol and Lysandra to the queen’s court. Rowan basically makes the series as amazing as it is and I don’t think I would be able to continue it if he was killed off.

I’m so sorry that this post was short but It’s pretty late here and I really wanted to get it up! So here it is. I hope you all had an amazing thanksgiving (if you’re American) and are prepared to hit up every single store tomorrow. Happy reading! Xxxx, Alaina

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Information:

Title/Author: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Page Count: 565

ISBN: 9781619630659


Synopsis:

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?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.


Review:

Well, it’s been awhile since I read this book so let’s see how good I remembered it. Oh what am I even talking about…. I remember every single chapter of this novel. It was so phenomenal! Sarah surprised us with another clever masterpiece but this time, we got a whole load of handsomeness in our faces. Can you believe it?? We got another handsome freaking masterpiece of a male specimen to join our Bitch Queen’s squad?? It’s like a dream come true.

There were so many new characters in this book, including Mr. Hottie featured above. Rowan Whitethorn has now become one of my newest and most favorite book boyfriends. How can you even resist a fae with muscles and abs and a huge body tattoo? IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. But aside from Rowan, we also got introduced to Manon Blackbeak, her thirteen, and the other Witches. Although Manon isn’t my favorite character in the series, she could definitely qualify for bravest and most stealthy. And how could I forget about poor little Abraxos who absolutely loves sniffing flowers. If anyone could beat Rowan for best character in this series, it would definitely be Abraxos.

I will start off by saying that I really hated the fact that Celaena was heading to Wendlyn in the first place. I didn’t think it was right for Chaol to take charge and send her away but, it is what it is. But when I started reading Heir of Fire, I actually felt like Chaol did something right…. he set Celaena up with Rowan, really.

Now if we start talking about the different parts of the story, Celaena and Rowan’s was the most complex. It involved rigorous training, cold nights, and being introduced to many new characters! It was so cool meeting all of the new semi-fae in this novel. Especially, the two that worked in the kitchen with Aelin (ugh I forget their names). But aside from everything they did, it was also so cute to watch Aelin and Rowan fall in love with each other (Rowaelin, my love). It was a very slow process. But when they realized that they couldn’t live without each other, I may’ve had a mini heart attack. They’re so cute together and such a good pairing for both battle and love.

Chaol and Aedion’s storyline is very different from the others. It was entirely trying to track down Aelin. And to reveal if she was alive or not. Each of them had different relationships with Aelin. But each relationship brought them together as a team. Although I didn’t really like these two together, I really loved how much effort they put in to track down their loved one.

Dorian, the magic wielder had a very tricky storyline. He was left trying to figure out how to control his magic powers on his own. That was, until Sorscha came into the Throne of Glass world. The always kind and respectful healer in the glass castle became one of my favorite characters so quickly through this novel because of her headstrong personality. But, she fell deeply and full-heartedly in love with Dorian and helped him evolve into the character he has become. Sadly, Sorscha risked her life fully for Dorian and we ended up losing her. RIP SORSCHA.

And then there’s Manon.I didn’t really like her at all in this book. I thought of her as plainly an ignorant queen. I didn’t like her at all but she made the book how it was. She introduced us to a “further” world of witches in the Throne of Glass world. Which I really enjoyed!


That’s it for today! I’m off to study for an upcoming social studies quiz. Hope you all have a good day/ night/ morning wherever you are. Happy Reading! ~Alaina

10 Book I Want To Read Before 2017

For anyone who doesn’t already know, I set a reading goal for myself at the beginning of the year. My goal has been to read 50 books over the course of 2016 and although I’ve suffered through some terrible reading slumps through out the year, I’m still going strong! I’ve read a total of 37 books this year (a good quarter of those finished Wattpad novels) and I have less than two months to finish my reading goal. So, last night, I made a list of ten books I want to try to finish in the next two months to get super close to finishing my reading goal!


City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)1) City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare:

This is actually my current read. I am just past the 200th page and am getting back into the swing of the Shadowhunter world since I took a little break to read a different book. Fortunately, I can hopefully see myself finishing this book later this week.

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.


Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)2) Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry:

I’ve really been wanting to read this book since I bought it from a local used book sale. It’s my type of contemporary read so I’m expecting a quick and fun read! Hopefully this book doesn’t go below my expectation because I don’t have time to pause and wait for a book to get better.

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.. 


The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)3) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater:

I’ve been wanting to dive back into the world of Ley lines and Raven Boys for such a long time. And, I’ve heard that there’s a LOT of Ronan in this book so it’s a triple score for me!

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…


Faceless4) Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel:

I’ve had this book on my shelf for almost a year now, which is pretty insane. I bought it at my old school’s book fair and haven’t got to it yet. But, it’s a decently short book so I couldn’t help but add it to my year-end TBR!

When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital.

The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing.

Maisie’s lucky enough to qualify for a rare medical treatment: a face transplant. At least, everyone says she’s lucky. But with someone else’s features staring back at her in the mirror, Maisie looks—and feels—like a stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who she was—a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can’t even recognize herself.

New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel has created a gripping and gorgeously written tale of identity and love. This is a story of losing yourself and the long, hard fight to find your way back.


Dreamland5) Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson:

Another book I’ve had on my shelf FOREVER. I won this in a giveaway last year but I kept losing interest in reading it. But now, I’m sort of in the mood for a creepy paranormal read (really, when am I not?). So, let’s see if I’ll finish it before the end of December!

Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not? 


City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)6) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare:

Well, if there’s any book that’s going to stop me from reaching my goal, it’s this. A whole 700-800 pages to read. With the time I have left, I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish this in half a week! But, I’m always up to a challenge!

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!


Gone (Gone, #1)7) Gone by Michael Grant:

This should be a simple book to finish. Long, but short pages. It’s also dystopian, I’m pretty sure (which isn’t my favorite but I’ll survive). Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else… 


Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)8) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes:

I’ve been dying to experience this sob-worthy novel. I have heard such great reviews around the world for it and absolutely cannot wait to read it! And it’s pretty short, so there’s a definite score with this book!

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries, #1)9) The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell:

Well, this book is one of my last-minute picks. It’s not really up my ally, seeing that it’s like a Sex and the City prequel but, it’s short. So with that said, it’ll probably be one of the last ones I get to from this list.

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.


Wuthering Heights10) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte:

I have previously read “part” of this book. In 2015, I got halfway through this book before dropping it. But now that Winter is approaching, it feels like the perfect time to pick up this romantic classic!

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.


This list is prone to change. I’ll probably buy new books before the end of December. And I also might decide to start a book I receive for Christmas before the end of the year. But, hopefully I didn’t make my list too intense so that I can reach my goal! Hope you all have a great day or night wherever you are. Happy Reading! ~Alaina

The Book Courtship Tag!

I’m in a very bloggy mood all of a sudden so here I am again, blogging about random things that satisfy my day. Well, not really. But, instead of another review, I’m bringing you all another tag post! I absolutely love doing tags but I feel like I don’t do enough of them. So, beware, many more tag posts are to come….. Anyways, let’s dive straight into the tag!


These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover.

I’ll admit, I am soooo guilty of buying a book by its cover. But really, who isn’t. I love being able to read books that have beautiful, unique covers that look like some one spent hours working on. Sooo those particular books are usually the ones that catch my eye in a bookstore. I could make a list of many books that I bought because of their covers but I’ll keep it short. These Broken Stars is definitely one of the most extraordinary covers I have ever seen. It was one of the first YA books I had ever bought and it was completely a cover buy. I remember walking into my bookstore and gawking over this beautiful cover! It was just too pretty not to buy!


The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary.

This is such a hard question! I’m hands down a cover buyer; I’m not a summary buyer. So, with that said, I DON’T READ THE SUMMARIES BEFORE BUYING THE BOOKS. Well sometimes I do but not often. I usually walk into bookstores and take books one by one off the shelves and skim through the summary. Buuuttt, I never end up buying those books. Most times, at least. I remember picking up The 5th Wave and becoming so into the plot that I couldn’t help but buy it. I had heard of the book before but only vaguely.I knew that one of my favorite actresses, Chloe Grace Moretz, was starring in a movie titled The 5th Wave but I didn’t know it was based off a book. So, there I went, picking a copy of the book off of the shelf and bringing it, along with two other books to the check out line. In case you were wondering, here’s the summary of The 5th Wave:

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”


Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Sweet Talk: A book with great writing.

Hmmm… how could I not pick a Sarah J. Maas book for this? Her writing is so full of love and character that it’s hard not to pick her writing. Now, in case any of you have never heard of her before (HOW COULD YOU NOT?!?) she is the writer of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns And Roses series. And if I do say so myself, the Throne of Glass series in magnificent. I got introduced to her novels in early 2016 whilst trying to find a book to get me out of a terrible reading slump. And that reading slump really made me not enjoying reading Throne of Glass. Poop reading slumps. But a few months after finishing the first book, I decided to give the series another chance. And by the angel, I could never regret that. Now, I have read and been surrounded by amazing characters such as Rowan, Lyssandra and Aelin, Aedion, Chaol, Dorian and many more (how could I forget Evangeline?). SJM’s writing is probably the best I’ve read and I can’t wait to read more by her! (forgot soooo many other characters….. sorry Manon and her 13)


FObsidian (Lux, #1)irst Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series.

Definitely Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This was another one of the first YA books I ever read and it was phenomenal! I remember walking into the bookstore, looking for something paranormal/science-fiction to read and I ended up in front of the Jennifer L. Armentrout section. I did some research about her books and ended up buying the bind-up of Obsidian and Onyx. And Oh-My-God, I do not regret it one bit! Obsidian was soooo amazing (Daemon Black!!!) and I dove straight into Onyx after I finished it. And when I was finished that, I reread the whole thing over again! I just couldn’t bring myself to leave the fictional world. And, this series (LUX) has now become my favorite series ever and I have a tendency to reread it way to often. NO REGRETS IN DOING THAT.


Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night long.

I’m not really one to pull off late nighters.but sometimes, you just get so into a book that you lose track of time. That exact thing happened to me with Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I remember borrowing it off of my friend when I first started reading and I fell so in love with the characters and the story line. The book was such an easy and captivating book to read. And I remember that it was a Sunday night and I really wanted to give it back to my friend the next day so I stayed up until I finished it. I was very tired the next day but since it was because of a book, I didn’t care! I highly recommencd that all of you read this book if you are looking for an easy read with lots of super adorable romance (in a paranormal way)!


Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Always on my mind: A book that you could not stop thinking about.

CROWN OF MIDNIGHT!!! Ugh. I had neverending daydreams and nightmares about this book for days. Every thing about this book was amazing but, some horrific things happened in it that just couldn’t escape my mind. If you’ve read the book, you would know what I’m talking about. Anyways, I don’t have much to say about this book aside from the fact that it haunted my dreams A LOT. But…. it was a spectacular read overall!

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Image resultGetting Physical: A book in which you love the way it feels

What an awkward question…. But, I really love how the books in the Sweet Evil series feel! I only own the first two books in the series but they are soooo smooth. But, they aren’t just super smooth, they are also super flimsy which is a paperback lover’s favorite thing! (me). I’ve always hated the feeling of reading both hardcovers or stiff paperbacks (basically any paperback version of a Sarah J. Mass book. Although I love her). But when you have a paperback that is flimsy enough to stay open on its own, it feels so incredibly good. And the one type of book that is even better than a flimsy paperback is a “super-flimsy” paperback. Like one of those thin classics that you can flip and read with one hand.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Meeting the Parents: A book in which you would recommend to your friends and family

Definitely HARRY POTTER!! I don’t think anyone in my family has read it so I would highly suggest it to them. And yes, you must be thinking “that’s the generic book suggestion”. Well, no one in my family really reads (like I do) so a generic book that already has a boat load of hype surrounding it is perfect! Harry Potter is a world-wide favorite. Sadly I haven’t finished the series but, I hope to in the future and get more people to read it too!

 

 


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Thinking about the future: A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future

City of Bones, for sure. Some days I will be sitting in class and I will just picture images from the book in my mind and it pains me so much that I can’t reread it (I’m still finishing the series). Even though it wasn’t my favorite book in the series, it’s one of those books that plays lively images in your mind. Like popular scenes such as Java Jones, Pandemonium, and Clary’s first time at the institute. And I cannot wait to reread them some time soon! Hopefully within the next two years.

 


I don’t have any one in particular to tag so feel free to do this tag! Happy Reading! ~Alaina

October Reads and Haul

“Leaves of gold, auburn and orange tumbled off of the trees, falling into colorful piles on the muddy grass.”

October was such a good month! And not just with reading. I celebrated my birthday, did pretty good in school and may or may not have stuffed my face with chocolate. And in my opinion, all of that equals a pretty good month! And my oh my, I definitely could’ve gone for another reread of Obsidian this past month! I wish I did but sadly I didn’t have enough time. So for today’s post, I’m going to be showing you all the books I read and bought/received this past month. Without further ado, let’s dive straight into this post!

Books I Read In October:


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

This book was definitely another masterpiece by Sarah. She just doesn’t disappoint. It was jam-packed with action, swoon-worthy romance and to-die-for hot guys. Definitely recommend you pick this up if you’ve read up to Heir Of Fire in the series!

“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.”


White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

Jennifer still doesn’t stop surprising me! Although I cannot say that this book was better than anything in the Lux series, it was still fabulous. This was definitely a drop-everything-and-read-because-you-need-a-daily-dose-of-hot-guys!

“One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.”


The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings:

I was in the mood for something “creepy” and this book was exactly what I wanted! Its a horrific (but amazing) book about a murder complex (hence the title). Well not just that but, it’s basically a book about a girl named Meadow who is fighting for her life, and Zephyr, who is a part of the murder complex.

“An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.”


Books I Hauled:


The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare:

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I received this series as a birthday present from my grandparents and I absolutely cannot wait to get to it! I’m not quite finished The Mortal Instruments but, the Shadowhunter world is one of my favorites to read! It’s packed with shadowhunters, vampires, demons, Nephilim, warlocks, fae and many more supernatural creatures! Given below is the synopsis of book 1, Clockwork Angel:

“In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…  “


Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:

When I saw this at my local thrift store, I couldn’t believe it. It’s such a popular book that is worth over $20 that was just sitting alone on the shelf. So I thought, “oh, why not?” and bought it. I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I heard about the movie. And I am really hoping I can get to this book soon!

“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart”


The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan:

Ok so, I’ve never actually read a Rick Riordan book before. And of course I’m going to read Percy Jackson first but, how could I resist a $2 book? I couldn’t. So I bought it and it’s going to sit and get dusty on my bookshelf for a while.

“Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.”


The Best Kind Of People by Zoe Whittall:

My dad was nice enough to give me this book! But, I really don’t know anything about it so I’m just going to insert the synopsis about the book below:

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.


That’s it for today! I’m really hoping to get my November TBR up soon but I’m off to do homework now! Have a good weekend! ~Alaina