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Empire of Storms Cover + Synopsis

 

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS SERIES/ARE NOT CAUGHT UP, DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST. THE GOODREADS SUMMARY ALONE IS SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. SERIOUSLY DO NOT READ ANYMORE OF THIS.

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Ok, so for those of you who have kept up with Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, you probably know that we recently got a cover release and goodreads summary! If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is!

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I LOVE IT! It is definitely one of the better covers of the series (although I think Queen of Shadows is still my favorite). Normally, when I see fire on a fantasy cover, it looks super cheesy and unneccessary, but this time it actually makes sense!

This cover isn’t the only thing I’m excited for, because there is also a summary!

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

The worst thing about Sarah J. Maas books is how I read them so fast, and then I have to wait a whole year to get the next one :(. I have no idea how I am going to wait for September 7th. There are so many things to be excited for in this book!

EDIT: I just realized that this is the second to last book, and after this one there is only one more o:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fairytale Retellings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

August 4: Fairytale Retellings I Have Read/Want to Read

Series I have read + New Releases

The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

As far as I’m concerned, this is the only fairytale retelling that needs to exist. I have gone on and on about this series for so long now, so it’s pretty obvious that it’s my favorite. of course, I haven’t read Winter yet, because there are still months of waiting, and I’m not a time traveler like the Doctor. But, when it does come out, I am sure I will love it like the rest of the books

Throne of Glass Series

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I didn’t even know I could use this series until I saw some other people put it on their top ten list. APPARENTLY, this series is like a losely based Cinderella story. I just stared at the screen for awhile because I honesty never thought of that. Never while reading the first 3 books did that occur to me, and now I feel really dumb for not catching it. Again, I haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet (1 MORE MONTH) but I know it’ll be amazing.

fairytale Retellings I want to read

Blank 133x176This blank cover represents Heartless by Marissa Meyer. You may know that she is also the wonderful lady that wrote The Lunar Chronicles. She is now an author that when they release something I will buy it. There’s no cover yet, because it’s more than a year away, but I’m sure this Alice in Wonderland story will be great. (This just goes to show how much I love her as an author, because I really don’t Alice in Wonderland, but I will read her story)

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) This book came out early this year, so I don’t feel too  bad about not reading it yet. After I finish Assassin’s blade, I may turn to this for more Sarah J. Maas writing. Everyone seems to love this book, so I’m sure I will too.

 

 

 

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CAN AN AUTHOR PLEASE WRITE A BOOK INSPIRED BY ALADDIN? PLEASE. IT’S ALL I WANT. 

 

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In the Library: Recommending Fantasy

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Today I come to you with the first post in my new recommendation series “What’s in the Library?” For the first week, I decided to do just a genre, so I went with one of my favorites: fantasy. Since this genre includes some very popular books, some of these recommendations will seem pretty mainstream, but they are still wonderful books nonetheless. Since fantasy books generally are in series, most of these books are in either a completed or on going series.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)1. The Harry Potter Series

This has to be one of the most beloved and recommended series in this genre, but there is definitely a reason for it. If you haven’t read Harry Potter, you don’t know what you are missing. The words I use to describe this series won’t do it justice. J.K. Rowling has created a beautiful story about adventurous friends and love always winning, and I am sure it will be read for many years to come.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)2. The Throne of Glass Series

This is a fairly new series to me, but it has still jumped to one of my favorite fantasies. In the first book, it takes a while for the fantastical elements to come into play, but once they do, it’s on. The magic in this world has a very creepy twist to it, and the more you learn about it, the better the book gets. I highly suggest continuing in the series if you have read the first book, because it only gets better from there.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)3. Percy jackson / Heroes of olympus

This is actually a middle grade series, but you will completely forget once you are so attached to the characters. I know so many people hesitant to read this series since it is made for younger kids and has Greek mythology, but Riordan’s books are really for all ages. In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, you see Percy as he grows into his Son of Posiedon powers and his role as leader. I am convinced that no person could read this series and not want to read the follow-up series, Heroes of Olympus. The spin-off still includes our favorite characters Percy and Annabeth, but Riordan also gives us 5 more to love. These series are packed with adventures, sassy remarks, strong friendships, and growing love. A must read in my opinion.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
3. Akarnae
Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles, #1)

This is the first book in Lynette Noni’s debut series The Medoran Chronicles. I have raved time after time over this book, because it is seriously good. Alex opens up a door to this new world where she finds that she can’t leave without the Akarnae School’s headmaster’s help, who just so happens to be missing. She attends the school intended for extraordinarily-gifted kids, and learns a lot about this world and herself. The world-building and friendship in this book is incredible, and it was a great start to what I know will be a great series.

Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles, #1)

There are my top fantasy books that I recommend to you! Most of you have probably read these books, but I am hoping that some one who hasn’t will see this post. I’ll be back next week with more recommendations, so stay tuned! And as always, if you have any recommendations yourself, leave them in the comments below!!

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Throne of Glass Review by Sarah J. Maas

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

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Published On: August 7, 2012

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I honestly don’t know how I will make it through this review without babbling about how great this book is, but hopefully I will be able to control myself. For those of you who don’t know what Throne of Glass is about, here’s my little summary that I can give to you without spoiling.

Celaena Sardothien is the most well-known assassin in all of Ardalan. When Prince Dorian offers her freedom from the worst prison ever, she knew there was something bigger going on. He said he would give her freedom on one condition: if she competed in the King’s competition to find the next royal assassin. There she will have to face 23 deadly competitors in competitions, and if she wins, all she has between her and freedom is three years of service. Things were going great until the other competitors started showing up dead everywhere. Will Celaena be able to figure out what’s brutally killing the assassins? Or will she be the next victim?

There you have it. If you haven’t read Throne of Glass yet, DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST. Seriously, this is a book you want to read for yourself, so run to your nearest book place and go read.

Oh, how to begin a review of a book like Throne of Glass. I am tremendously mad at myself that it took me this long to get on this train. But now that I’m on it, I’m here for the rest of the ride. This book really outdid itself when it came to introducing characters, setting a series plot in motion, and building a new world. With each page, you grow more and more attached.

Sarah J. Maas has created some very interesting characters. Celaena is the pinnacle of awesome, butt-kicking female protagonists in young adult books. She can fight better than all the men in this book and is very sassy with he remarks. The two guys in this book, Dorian and Chaol, are also great in their own ways. This story actually has a love triangle I can get behind. While I am an absolute Celaena/Chaol supporter, I still loved her time spent with Dorian. Her interactions with the two are really nice, especially as you see them growing closer to one another.

The whole idea of the competition for the King’s champion was to say the least, very wonderful. Chaol made Celaena hold back when she was with the guys, but when she finally showed her real skills, they knew better than to misjudge this little lady. It was easy to call that it would be her vs Cain in finals, but the whole thing with him and the portals made up for it. The scene where Celaena is fighting Cain and the beast is so intense you are almost ripping pages to keep going. I really liked how the competition wasn’t everything to this book, because we also go to see a side of the magic in this world. Everything from Queen Elena visiting to Nehemia and the wydrmarks really gave a small taste of what was yet to come in the series.

There are so many lovable parts of this book, but here are a few I especially enjoyed…

  • Chaol very slowly realizing how he feels about Celaena
  • Celaena’s sassiness with Kaltain
  • The constantly switching point of views
  • The last battle verus CaiI re
  • When Celaena proves herself to her competitors

Throne of Glass was a great starter book in what I will presume to be a great series. With every page you love the characters and this story even more. There are aspects of action, mystery, competition and romance that insure for an exciting tale. I absolutely loved Celaena’s personality and watching her defeat the obstacles set in her way. I can’t wait for more!

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Akarnae by Lynette Noni on Sale

 

Featured Image -- 1739 This past week on Lynette Noni’s blog (located here), there have been digital giveaways of her debut book Akarne. This is the first book in The Medoran Chronicles series. I was fortunate enough to win one of these copies! The giveaways are over now, but if you still have your eye on this book, I would suggest buying it now! Right now on Amazon and until the end of the month, Akarnae is only $0.99!! This is a great price for a book that is number one on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Coming of Age.”

I personally have seen a lot of great stuff on this book, but I don’t know too much about it. I just read the summary and it sounds pretty awesome.

 ” With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes–literally. Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… somethingsinister… is looming.An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?  Will Alex risk her entire world–and maybe even her life–to save Medora?” 

I know right, sounds pretty great! I’m going to try and read this as soon as I get the link and then I will have a review posted as well. If you aren’t sure if you’ll like this book, here is a convincing photo:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Double Feature

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they give a certain topic or question and you have to try to list your top ten. The past few weeks I haven’t cared much for the topics or completelgy forgot about the ones I wanted to do. Since I haven’t done a top ten tuesday in awhile, I decided to mix it up a bit. I’m going to do 5 from one category I want and then another 5 from another category. Yes, I know it is Wednesday. (Oh well)

Top Five Characters You Would Like to Check Up On

1. The Whole Heroes of Olympus Crew- Blood of Olympus was not a good enough finale for me. There wasn’t much closure with the characters we love (cough cough Percy and Annabeth) and I would really like to see if Leo makes his way back to his friends. 

2. Harry Potter Crew- Specifically I want to check up with the second generation of kids and Neville Longbottom. I know Harry potter has the closest thing to a perfect ending ever, but I always want more of this world.

3. The Darkest Minds- I need to know that Liam, Ruby, Chubs, and Zu are okay and see how the government is rebuilding America.

4. Eleanor and Park- Because after the way that ended, I need to check up on these characters. I want to see Eleanor in her new life, and see if Park ever made it back to her.

5. Hazel Grace Lancaster- This would be the saddest check up of them all. I would see how she’s coping without Gus and see where her overall health is at.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Eleanor & ParkThe Fault in Our Stars

 

Top Five Books I Added to My TBR

1. The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 

2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufmen

3. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn aka Morgan Matson

4. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

5. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

The Wrong Side of RightThese Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1)

Liars, Inc.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

 

 

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Organizing Bookshelves

Organizing your bookshelf can be a frightening experience. You want it to make it look great, but there are so many obstacles that get in your way. For example…

Not enough room              1 Paperback 2 Hard           NONE IN SERIES MATCH

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You just sit there thinking why in the world you buy paperbacks, and then you remember you are poor and can’t afford all hardback, which makes you even sadder. Not only do you run into these problems, but it is so hard to figure out how you want it organised, because you can do so many different things.

– Rainbow

– Alphabetical

– By favorite (which is unbelievably hard)

– Complete series and Incomplete

– By genre

After I pulled off all my books, I started trying some of these ways out. First, I attempted the some horizontal/some vertical series.

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1ST ATTEMPT = FAIL

 

It didn’t work out, because I couldn’t fit all of the books, and I refuse to separate series. So after that, I wanted to see what a shelf of all my hardbacks would look like.

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2ND ATTEMPT = FAIL

 

I didn’t even have enough to finish one shelf, and I didn’t like how so many different things were mixed together. After this, I decided I would have to deal with some of the books in my series being paper back while others hardback. My first shelf has science fiction/fantasy series that I own all of them, or at least all that are out as of now.

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For my second shelf, I wanted it to be pure contemporary. I put all the hardbacks horizontal and it worked out perfectly. Then I put books that have a sequel and after those I had my John Green books (from most favorite to least.) After that it was just other books and some I wanted to read. Toward the end of the shelf, I put extra books I have had forever  to fill the space.

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My third and final shelf is mostly my paperback fantasy books. I began with the series starters, which are from the series I only own the first book physically. Then, I have books from series that I haven’t read yet. Finally I have my very small collection of Rick Riordan books, and the smallness of it makes me sad. Toward the end of this shelf, I have books stacked horizontally, and they are pretty much all books I didn’t care for.

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THIRD SHELF

 

 

So that’s my bookshelf! It doesn’t look like much, but I buy a lot of my books on my kindle or lend them from the library. I know that organising your shelves can be a very daunting and difficult task, so I hope I gave you some ideas. There are so many possibilities, you just have to find what works for you! Mine seems pretty random, but in my brain I know where everything should go.

 

 

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The Sunday Post: Marathoning

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme created by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a way to recap posts and talk about what is coming in the future. Check out the website Caffeinated Book review here for more information: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/the-sunday-post-meme

Here are my Posts from this week:

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What’s Going On

  • I’m planning on cleaning off and rearraning my bookshelf. This is always a daunting task just because it takes me forever to organize them the right way. This is happening for two reasons. Number 1: I have accumulated a few more books, and since I’m not normal and I can’t just stick them on a shelf randomly, I have to go through and see where the will belong. Number 2: I’m hopping to particpate in Addlepates and Books new feature called Exploring my Bookshelves. Each week she gives some sort of question or theme dealing with your shelves, and it sounds like a lot of fun.
  • I’m super happy that some people enjoyed my Disney Song Tag. That is the second tag I have ever made and I had lots of fun with it. In the future, I am hoping to create some more of my own tags. I know many people enjoy tags and I making a list of people who want to be linked to the tags I do so they can see them and have a chance to do them as well. If you enjoy these posts and are looking for more tags, comment below!

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Currently Reading

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)

  • In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

I have been reading this trilogy non-stop and I have fallen in love with it. If you want see me gush about these books, I have the reviews coming soon.

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Upcoming Posts

  • Darkest Minds Review
  • Never Fade Review
  • Monthly TBR Challenge
  • March Releases
  • Top Ten favprote books of ALL TIME (aka the hardest top ten tuesday ever)
  • Hunger Games Tag

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Monthly TBR Jar Challenge- February

At the beginning of the year, I saw a video by Katytastic and her TBR jar. I wanted to do something like this, so I can up with 12 different challenges, put them in a jar, at the beginning of each month I draw a piece of paper out. Last month, my challenge was to ‘read a classic’ and I was successful with Macbeth. For February, the challenge is……..

“Read a book you have never finished”

I am very excited for this challenge because I really want to start finishing my books. Here are some books that might I might pick to get finished this month.

 

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak             

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Braken

 

An Abundance of Katherines

 

As you can tell, I definitely have a variety of books I can choose from. Historical Fiction, Fantasy, or Contemporary. I don’t exactly know why I haven’t finished these yet, but I will get there eventually.

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Rainbow Rowell New Book!

Some of you may have heard that Rainbow Rowell is writing a new story and it will be her first fantasy. She also revealed on her twitter account that the title of it would be Carry On. Now automatically, everyone who is a fan of Rowell’s book Fangirl knows what this is. Yep, that’s right! Rainbow Rowell is writing us Carry On, Simon about Simon Snow and his companion Baz.

For those of you who don’t know, the main character Cath in Fangirl writes fanfiction about her favorite series Simon Snow. In the book, Simon Snow is the equivalent of Harry Potter, even though Harry Potter exists too. Throughout the book, we see small clips from her hugely famous fanfiction about Simon and Baz.

Rowell said that after she wrote Fangirl, she was very interested in the characters and the story of Simon Snow. She said Carry On will not be a book about Cath or an author writing the story, but it will just be her take on it. This is a spinoff of Fangirl, but from what I have heard you don’t have to read one or another to understand it.

I’m excited for this even though I didn’t really care for the small clips throughout Fangirl. However, I think that was because I didn’t want to be drawn away from my favorite characters. I will definitely be giving this book a chance, and I am really looking forward to how Rainbow Rowell writes fantasy books.

Carry On will be out in October of 2015.