Love in English by Maria E. Andreu | ARC Review

Sixteen-year-old Ana has just moved to New Jersey from Argentina for her Junior year of high school. She’s a poet and a lover of language—except that now, she can barely understand what’s going on around her, let alone find the words to express how she feels in the language she’s expected to speak.

All Ana wants to do is go home—until she meets Harrison, the very cute, very American boy in her math class. And then there’s her new friend Neo, the Greek boy she’s partnered up with in ESL class, who she bonds with over the 80s teen movies they are assigned to watch for class (but later keep watching together for fun), and Altagracia, her artistic and Instagram-fabulous friend, who thankfully is fluent in Spanish and able to help her settle into American high school.

But is it possible that she’s becoming too American—as her father accuses—and what does it mean when her feelings for Harrison and Neo start to change? Ana will spend her year learning that the rules of English may be confounding, but there are no rules when it comes to love.

With playful and poetic breakouts exploring the idiosyncrasies of the English language, Love in English tells a story that is simultaneously charming and romantic, while articulating a deeper story about what it means to become “American.”

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Huh. I never thought English could be so complicated in the eyes of others.

Maybe I shouldn’t make fun of my mom for her English😂 who am i kidding? it’s hilarious


This book really did a good job in showing how much people struggle moving to a new country and being forced to learn a new language in order to try blending in.

Ana is a 16 year old high schooler whose just moved from Argentina to New Jersey, U.S. which is the result of her father who she hasn’t seen in 3 years. Considering she’s been speaking Spanish her whole life and has only started learning English for a few years, she of course isn’t used to it, so Ana is put into ESL.

From there she’s able to connect/relate more to the others because they also are in the same situation she’s in and so she meets Neo, a boy from Greece. Of course they bond well together. But then she also meets Harrison, ~le americane boy~, and instantly has a crush on him…can you see where I’m going?

aye, it’s the horrid love triangle.


But the good thing is that it didn’t really play a huge part in the story, or maybe it didn’t feel like that to me, since this was short anyways. It was mostly just Ana trying to understand whether she was in love or not and what really is love.

I could tell that the author was putting in her own experiences into this book and I liked how she did it. I would say I can’t imagine how humiliating it is to not understand what others are saying while they laugh at you, but ahahahaha it’s happened a few times *war flashbacks* cant say i didn’t deserve it tho lol

In the end I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either, hence the rating of 3 stars. I couldn’t really care much for the characters but that’s probably just me. I think for those who can really relate Ana, they’d love her and her growth throughout the novel.

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Thank you Harper Collins Canada for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕋𝔹ℝ? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕘𝕘𝕝𝕖 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕒𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕝𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕦𝕒𝕘𝕖 𝕚𝕟 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕥𝕣𝕪?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers, #3) by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

Face your fears, fight the battle.
Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.
Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

wait, wait WHAT-

that cannot be the end. I-

I don’t know how to feel.

that moment when the ending prevents a book from being a 5 stars *sadness*



I’ll start off with this—RHEN. DESERVED. MORE.

I refuse to believe that this is the end of the Cursebreakers world. There literally has to be more because that ending did not resolve everything and if I’m being honest, I’d say the only people who truly got their happy ending are Grey and Lia Mara…and I could care less about them (I know, ✨unpopular opinion✨).

Not saying that Rhen and Harper didn’t get their HEA but like there’s still so many questions I have for them AND IT ENDED WITHOUT ASDFBGGDSAMNMBSBDAJSSDNAM IM ANGRY. I WANTED A DIFFERENT OUTCOME FOR RHEN *sobs*

That’s probably just me and my unhealthy obsession with Rhen though. If I looked at this in a more critical POV, Brigid really did end this series in a realistic way, where not everything is fixed and everyone’s happy.

ughhh still doesn’t mean I have to like it. Rhen deserved more and I will forever keep saying that until he gets it. meanwhile I’ll be waiting for when she releases info on a spin off or something



(🛑There shall be SPOILERS from the previous books…you have been warned🛑)

•❅──────✧❅♕❅✧──────❅•

“Yield to yourself. Yield to forgiveness. Yield to happiness. Yield to this moment. It’s not hers. It’s yours. It’s mine.”

“It’s ours.”

Tell me that isn’t just one of the sweetest speeches in history? And that scene–ohmygod I wanted to burst into tears who am i kidding? i totally did

From book 1, Rhen and Harper have had my heart and that will never change. They both made terrible mistakes, but what matters more is that they learned and changed for the better.Especially Rhen.

I know many despised Rhen ofc i didnt after whipping both Grey and our little cinnamon roll, Tycho in A Heart So Fierce and Broken—and what he did was definitely unforgiveable, even after learning that Lilith was behind making him do that.

I’m not making excuses for his actions, but I believe you have to look at it a bit differently and see it from the other side of the story. We didn’t get Rhen’s POV in AHSFAB so we wouldn’t know, but here…we see how much it pained him to do that to his brother and best friend, but in the end, Rhen would’ve done it all over again if it meant Harper was safe from Lilith.

And I respect that.🥺 That’s true love right there even if it did harm others in the process.

So yes, I absolutely loved how many scenes we got with Harper and Rhen as you could tell from my status updates asdfghjhfgdsaf my heart is so happy thinking about them even now.

Also, where Harper might’ve looked all docile and unlike her usual self in AHSFAB, she definitely wasn’t like that here. It was the Harper we all know and love who didn’t let Rhen get away with *ahem* certain actions and I lived for those moments.

AND I WILL NEVER FORGET RHEN BLUSHING

N E V E R

I’m gonna keep rereading that scene until I die. It was amazing.😭💖

•❅──────✧❅♕❅✧──────❅•

If my people must see strength, then we need to show them ours.

Lia Mara definitely grew a lot from the previous book. She still longs for peace between nations and all people, and although she has so many come at her for being too kind, too fair, and too just — which leads to being ‘weak’, Lia Mara doesn’t let that change her ways and continues acting as the queen she wants to be for her people.

Strength is shown in many ways, and Lia Mara truly showed that to be possible.

And then there’s Grey. As someone who started off being a royal guard and now this…truly a huge leap from the first book.

He’s become much more confident in himself and a great leader to those around him (tho that’s not really surprising…he’s Grey). No longer does he always follow orders given from others, but he gives the orders.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is that he’s still ~Scary Grey~ and the big softie we fell in love with.🥺

Too bad I couldn’t care much about his and Lia Mara’s POVs though. I feel like AVSBAD was really for Rhen & Harper and I’M 100% OKAY WITH THAT.🥰

Every time I got to their POVs, my heart would do a happy dance and whenever I was not reading from their POVs, I’d literally skip ahead to see how many more pages were left until I got to be back in Harper/Rhen’s POV (yes, I know I’m sad).

Living for their scenes is what I do✌

I swear to god, I was seriously going to give this 5 stars and move it on my all-time-fav shelf bUT THAT ENDING-

aghhh I despise that ending with every fibre of my being. Why, brigid, why? But I still love this series so much and for that, I shall continue praying there’s a spin-off.

Actually, I bet there is going to be a spin-off — and if I’m right, let it be known that I am a wickedly, brilliant fortune teller.and if I’m wrong…well rip💔

Oh Grey, Lia Mara, Rhen, and Harper…I’d say goodbye, but I don’t believe this is the last we’ll see each other. If it is altho i wont allow that, then my final words are:

FOR THE GOOD OF EMBERFALL🔥

And down with Syhl Shallow.🙂

(*cough* HarperxRhen for life)

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕖 ℂ𝕦𝕣𝕤𝕖𝕓𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕣 𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤? 𝕎𝕙𝕠 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖 𝕞𝕠𝕣𝕖 — ℝ𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕠𝕣 𝔾𝕣𝕖𝕪? 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒𝕟 𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕒 𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕟’𝕥 𝕤𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕤𝕗𝕚𝕖𝕕 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria | ARC Review

Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father—their nation’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.

Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis; it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother…and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Ahhhh I never thought I’d live to see the day when everyone around the MC gets a love interest except for the MC herself.

Beautiful. wish i could say the same abt the book💀

AND THERE WAS STILL NO DEATH aRe YoU kIdDiNg Me?!?!

But that’s just me. I’m sure anyone who’s okay with characters that don’t kill their enemies, will love this. this is what happens when you’ve just read the poppy war

Although, I must say it’s unrealistic that you go through a WHOLE book dealing with basically a war between team good and team evil and NOT ONE PERSON ON EITHER SIDE IS KILLED. nO CASUALTIES. AT ALL.

That’s totally realistic. Yup, totally.

But again, this might just be me because of how used to I am with death in YA novels but I don’t know…you’d think some of them would’ve died. AT LEAST THE VILLAINS. WHY NOT THE VILLAINS??? ohmygod I cannot with this book-

Which brings me to another point—the villain. My dudes, I don’t know how anyone would be afraid of this “Magistrate” when he’s as bland as a piece of cardboard. Where’s the personality?? Where’s the evil actions he does?? There was more telling than actually showing.

The characters would basically just talk about how much of a monster he is and how anyone who goes into “The Magistrate’s Library” (yea I know, very terrifying) didn’t come back out normal because the Magistrate was cruel to them. Yes…but what exactly did he do? There were no details — just “oH he’s SO EVIL. thAT MONSTER. hoW COULD thAT mAN do thAT to my brOTHER” etc etc.

Tell me, what’s the point of a villain if he’s doesn’t even drop a hint of dread in the reader?

(now THIS is what I call frightening)

I know I probably sound very salty, but it’s just very frustrating. I felt NOTHING at all for the characters. Nothing They’re all basic.

Ahahaha the plot too — Karis is looking for her brother after being separated from him years ago. Then one day she discovers an automaton, Alix, that can speak and act of its own will, which of course, is surprising considering automatons haven’t been working for hundreds of years, and even before, automatons were always controlled by human beings. He’s ~speshul~

Anyways, she uses him to escape from the Scriptorium, the place she was held prisoner-but-also-not-prisoner (if that even makes sense) as a slave (tho she did have some freedom in learning things) and from there things escalate and eventually turns into what? Yup, a rebellion against the Magistrate and those who’ve been making them suffer for so long.

It goes on, and on…and honestly? I’m kind of tired of the basic rebellion plots, with it’s basic heroes, basic villains, basic everything. It’s been used way too much and at this point, I think most of us can agree that we’re tired of it. Or at least it could be used and have some ✨creativity✨.

How would you make it creative? I have no idea.

I’m sorry. I’m making this out to be worse than it actually is, but there were actually some parts that I liked.

For one thing, as I mentioned in the first line of my review — the main character, Karis, is asexual, which I’ve never seen in a YA Fantasy book before so that was awesome.

Between Alix & Karis and Dane & Karis, it was just platonic love and that is just so beautiful. We don’t get enough of that in fantasy novels for the main character and that is not okay. I’m totally a sucker for romance, but this change was nice and I loved it.

Also, it was really cool seeing through Alix’s POV. The only POVs I’ve ever read from are through humans, so to see through an automaton’s for the first time mind-blown

Though I wouldn’t say there’s much of a difference between Karis and his. I’d sometimes have to go back because I’d forget whose POV I was reading from since they were kind of similar.

So yeah, other than nobody dying at all during a full-out battle, the bland characters, and basic plot…this was an alright book I guess.

I definitely recommend this to those who like all the things I pointed out that I didn’t like, or if you’re simply looking for a book that’s very diverse!

This just wasn’t for me, and I am sad :((

(2.5⭐)

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Eternally thankful to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

𝕋𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕞𝕖, 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕠𝕟-𝕥𝕪𝕡𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕡𝕝𝕠𝕥𝕤? 𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕗𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕡𝕝𝕠𝕥𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥? ℍ𝕠𝕨 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕗𝕖𝕖𝕝 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕫𝕖𝕣𝕠 𝕕𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕙 𝕚𝕟 𝕒 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜? 𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕟𝕠𝕣𝕞𝕒𝕝? unlike me

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2) by R.F. Kuang | Review

The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WAR.

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.

The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

*anguished screaming*

you BACKSTABBING TRAITOROUS LITTLE-

Never have I wanted so many people to die in the most painful way possible, especially AFTER WHAT THEY DID *sobs*

I want to die🙂

And I have nobody to blame but myself—oH WAIT NO I BLAME KUANG.

The way she quite literally ripped out my heart and shred it into pieces…this hollow, broken feeling—like the world’s ending and nobody sees it but me…

is this what death feels like?

I may sound overdramatic to some which is literally me in all my reviews but trust me when I say that this author is a monster haha that rhymed :’ )

But she’s also a brilliant, worship-worthy monster. I’m both screaming in rage and crying in awe because of the sheer perfection of The Dragon Republic. Everything—and I mean E V E R Y T H I N G was just a masterpiece. If possible, she made me love all the characters even more and the plot…ohmygod I love it. I love this. I love everything.

And the way she made me actually question who was truly evil. What defines ‘evil’? Are some actions justified because the reasoning behind it is good? What is considered ‘good’?

Everyone has their own story in the end, and if one does not know it, you’ll never be able to decide whether they’re evil or not. And even then, it’s based on our perception of good and evil to determine this.

I love the way Kuang made me think and how deep she went into this. It’s not all black and white. It’s very, very gray and nobody is as they seem to be.

I went into this with the generic thinking of good/evil and came out with a completely different opinion on this. I am once again shooketh.

…and broken, dead, and destroyed. *sobs*

Kudos to Kuang for turning me into an emotional mess.

⊱ ────── {⋅. ❈ .⋅} ────── ⊰

“People will seek to use you or destroy you.
If you want to live, you must pick a side. So do not shirk from war, child. Do not flinch from suffering.
When you hear screaming, run toward it.”

Oh Rin, my beautiful power-hungry, stubborn, and vicious anti-hero whom I’m very much in love with. Sure, she makes a lot of questionable decisions and has many, many flaws, but she still manages to get back up and not fall to others…for the most part.

Also, where in The Poppy War , she was considered to be very selfish, here Rin learned to put the fate of her country before her—even if it meant losing her pride and dignity and ugh I love her. It frustrated me that she was forced to do…certain things because of some repulsive monsters who deserve to die *cough* Petra *cough*. i would never

“She had a weapon now. She wasn’t defenseless against him. She’d never been defenseless. She had just never thought to look.”

And then Rin’s obsession with Atlan Trengsin…I actually can’t say it was super annoying because I could understand the why behind it. I mean, that’s what added onto her character growth eventually, and in a way Atlan was such a key figure to everyone, but especially to Rin.

The growth in Rin is spot on, and with how this ended I can’t wait for Rin to destroy everyone.

I👏AM👏READY👏FOR👏CHAOS👏 but not for heartbreak

⊱ ────── {⋅. ❈ .⋅} ────── ⊰

“Do you love him?”
“Yes, more than anyone else in the world.”

Every time I see a scene like this, I break apart. Kitay and Rin’s friendship is what makes me feel alive. He doesn’t hold back on the truth from Rin and tells it how it is if she’s done something bad. All they go through, they do it together and have such a deep and strong bond — I want to cry.

And with something that beautiful during war and written by Kuang herself…it’s not going to last long BECAUSE SHE’S EVIL.

I pray nothing happens, but by the way everyone’s been coming out of The Burning God…ahahahaha nervous laughter

I still have hope though. Kitay must survive. He must be happy. If not, I will die even tho im already dead

War has changed Kitay so much and that’s definitely not surprising, but how much it’s changed him is heartbreaking, but also amazing. He can talk down to generals and make them listen to him, but he’s suffered so much — it kills me :((

⊱ ────── {⋅. ❈ .⋅} ────── ⊰

“I’m scared I’ll hurt you. Adlaga won’t be the end. I can’t make the Phoenix go away and I can’t make it stop and—”

“Because you’re new to this,” Baji interrupted. He sounded so kind. How could he be so kind? “We’ve all been there. They want to use your body all the time. And you think you’re on the brink of madness, you think that this moment is going to be when you finally snap, but it’s not.”

“How do you know that?”

“Because it gets easier every time. Eventually you learn to exist on the precipice of insanity.”

“But I can’t promise I won’t—”

“You won’t. And we’ll go after Daji again. And we’ll keep doing it, over and over, as many times as it takes, until she’s dead. Tyr didn’t give up on us. We’re not giving up on you. This is why the Cike exists.”

All of that should be enough to tell you how much I love the Cike — especially Baji and Ramsasobs they’re so sweet and hilarious.

Baji, the idiotic, lovable shaman who constantly makes dirty jokes and Ramsa, everyone’s cinnamon roll who’s obsessed with explosives.

Basically my favourite characters, even though they didn’t appear as much as they did in The Poppy War. My heart is so full of love.

Even Chaghan…like wow, I actually despised him in the previous book, but now I see everything in a new light . Chaghan is in so much pain :(( and he doesn’t know what to do with this and feels all alone. I really can’t wait to see him and Rin team up next book (hopefully…?).

Now, I’ve stayed silent long enough.

🛑SPOILERS for TPW and up to chapter 6 of TDR🛑 DO NOT GO PAST THIS IF YOU HAVENT READ THAT. (Skip to the bottom.)

You’ve been warned

⊱ ────── {⋅. ❈ .⋅} ────── ⊰

Why was it that whenever she looked at Nezha, she wanted to either kill him or kiss him? He made her either furious or deliriously happy. The one thing he did not make her feel was secure.

With him there was no neutrality, no in between. She loved him or she hated him, but she didn’t know how to do both.

Same, Rin, same. I wasn’t surprised that Nezha was alive because Twitter and it’s ✨spoilers✨ but ahhhhh I was so happy to see him again at first.

However, this boy is a very complicated human being, and of course that’s not a bad thing, but I both hate and love him. As of now, that hatred is overpowering the love, so ahahaha who knows ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Even after what The Third Poppy War did to him, he’s still my beautiful boy who truly believes in a world of peace and happiness…so optimistic — how he can still act like this? I have no idea. his parents are trash and deserve to be thrown in hell

Oh, and the romance that blossomed between Nezha and Rin was so sweet and heart-wrenching asdfgfhgfdsagds my heart is dying because of everything they said to each other. I want to strangle the two. tHe AnGsT

I hate you Yin Nezha ❤

⊱ ────── {⋅. ❈ .⋅} ────── ⊰

“If nothing lasted and the world did not exist, all that meant was that reality was not fixed. The illusion she lived in was fluid and mutable, and could be easily altered by someone willing to rewrite the script of reality.”

I cried myself to sleep and woke up with one thought:

“Burn them all, Rin.”

I think that says something about me.

But this deep burning rage I feel after everything that’s happened…show them no mercy , Rin. Make them suffer . MAKE THEM PAY.

I will not be satisfied until I see certain people killed and if that doesn’t happen — I’m giving TBG 1 star not true, but I need to threaten something

Am I ready to come out of TBG alive? No, I am not.🙂

(5⭐)

(Because WordPress doesn’t allow spoiler tags, I had to erase them — my review with the spoiler tags for this book is here on Goodreads)

The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #1) by Julie Kagawa | ARC Review

Eternally grateful to Inkyard Press for sending me an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date.

You may have heard of me…

Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool… King Oberon’s right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.

With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck’s longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Wait, hold up. Wrong story.”

3 stars for the actual story and that extra star is for all the Ash scenes I was blessed with🥺

yes, I know this is Puck’s book but…there was also Ash swoooon


First thing’s first — The Iron Raven is a spin-off of the The Iron Fey series, so while you don’t necessarily have to read that before this, I highly recommend it!!

There’s a recap of all that’s happened in the other two series, so that’ll mean spoilers…and I mean, you’d be missing out on meeting the Ash, aka the love of my life. fangirling


BUT anyways, this isn’t about Ash so I’ll stop now.

Puck finally got his story and I have to say…I’m a bit conflicted on how it turned out to be.

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“The Nevernever could be crumbling under our feet, and you’d make a joke about it.”

Robin Goodfellow–our very own Puck, has always been dismissed as the ridiculous fool who takes nothing seriously and his very own name instills fear into others because of the chaos he wreaks.

Basically, he’s bad news.

But we love that about him. at least most of the world does I’ve always been a #TeamAsh, but Puck is still one of my favourites. And wow, reading from his POV and seeing all his thoughts…I have to say that it gets dark .

Puck always seemed to be cheerful & uncaring about a lot, but damnn he’s totally different on the inside and it showed. The amount of times I wanted to cry over Puck’s pain :(((

And I loved that we got to learn wayyyy more about Puck’s past. Like A LOT more and how he used to be centuries ago. Really makes you understand him so much more <333

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“Generally, I find a dagger is a much better alternative to stopping someone’s heart than a surprise party.

There’s far less of a chance they’ll stab you back.”

Yes, she sounds very concerning but I adore that. Nyx is supposedly Puck’s new love interest and she’s super cool. Puck himself called her an Ash 2.0 and I CAN SEE THAT.😂

The way I want to talk more about her, but I think it’s much better if you see for yourself.😏 I’ll just say that she’s very very skilled assassin and Julie made many references to Sailor Moon that related to Nyx.

But as much as I did like her, I found the romance between Puck and her a little lacking :/
Although, it’s probably just a me thing, but I literally shrieked and had a goofy smile on my face every time I saw a MeghanxAsh scene.

I was living for those moments.

Ash started to say something, and she glared at him. “Unless I don’t get any rest from the constant hovering of an overprotective Winter faery who is worried that I’m not getting enough rest.”

Ash slumped in defeat. “Fine,” I heard him say. “As you wish, my queen. But if you pass out or fall asleep during the fight with the big monster, I get to be ‘unbearably overprotective’ for the next month.”

AHHH WHY DID I FIND THAT SWOONY???🥺💞

Lowering her arms, Meghan swayed on her feet, then collapsed into Ash’s arms.

I wish I could fall into Ash’s arms 😦
yes, clearly something is wrong with me, i know

But you can’t have an Iron Fey book without our ✨favourite✨ cait sith– Grimalkin. He was as ‘helpful’ as always and the star of the show other than Ash ofc. His “Because I am a cat” responses were as infuriating hilarious as always. You could give me a whole series on Grimalkin and I’ll read it.😹

wait, that’s actually a really good idea…if Julie did that, I’d die of happiness.

“We’ve learned a lot since then. When I first came through here with Ironhorse, I was younger, and much more…” She paused.

“Reckless?” Ash said quietly beside her.

“Impulsive,” Grimalkin added up front without turning around.

“Prone to shrieking?” I put in, not about to be left out.

The Iron Queen glared at us all. “All those things, I suppose,” she said in a flat voice that hinted at retribution later on.

That moment when they all gang up on Meghan😂 They’re not wrong tho

Now the reason why I thought of this story as deserving a 3 star is because it kinda felt like it was lacking the same magic that I felt the original series had. There’s definitely been lots of improvement in terms of writing, although I’ve always loved Julie’s writing.

There was also (and might just be me) the amount of times I saw “smirk” being used AND IT WAS SO ANNOYING. Like the characters can smirk and all, but when they’re smirking basically ever five pages, ahahahaha that’s just too much.

sTOP SMIRKING.

nO MORE SMIRKING.

if the next book I read has a lot of ‘smirks’, I’m gonna throw it across the room and burn it

Ahhh this has successfully made me want to reread The Iron Fey series.

I’ve been apart from Ash for far too long.

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒 𝕤𝕡𝕚𝕟-𝕠𝕗𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕕? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕤𝕦𝕡𝕖𝕣 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕀𝕣𝕠𝕟 𝔽𝕖𝕪 𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang | Review

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“Warfare was about absolutes. Us or them. Victory or defeat. There was no middle way. There was no mercy. No surrender.”


I-I’ve never been so terrified to continue a series as I am now.

help

“If you hold the fate of the country in your hands, if you have accepted your obligation to your people, then your life ceases to be your own.”

I am in love with this book. These characters. Ohmygod who knew the beginning of this book could be so vastly different from the end???

I literally cannot wrap my head around this book. Going into The Poppy War, I knew it would be set into some sort of deadly school, but wow…I am shooketh. I understand the hype.

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“She had bribed a teacher. She had stolen opium. She had burned herself, lied to her foster parents, abandoned her responsibilities at the store, and broken a marriage deal.

And she was going to Sinegard.”

Fang Runin (aka Rin) has to be one of the most fleshed out characters ever created. She’s totally an anti-hero and I am sooo here for it.

Typical YA heroines want power solely to protect someone or something they love/care deeply for…

Rin wants power simply because . . . she craves it.

Not that she wouldn’t use it to protect those she cares for, but she mainly desires more power to take down those who have belittled her, and most of all . . . to satisfy her anger by getting revenge.

You know usually, it’s supposed to be “don’t go down the path of vengeance and blah blah”, but this girl ignores all that and I LOVE ITof course that’s not good at all, but hey, being good is overrated

Also, Rin is said to be based off of Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender AND I CAN SEE THAT. I will never stop gushing about Rin’s character.

Her obsession with power and the questionable choices she makes…damn it scares me to think about what she’s going to be doing in the upcoming books. It’s nice to finally have a character who isn’t all goody-two-shoes and does the ‘honorable’ thing. wow this really isnt making me look good

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“They were monsters!” Rin shrieked. “They were not human!”

“Have you ever considered” he said slowly “that that was exactly what they though of us?”

Rin’s relationship with Kitay…it’s so beautiful I want to cry. Their friendship is amazing and literally every time terrible news would spread, I’d fear for my life that something happened to him. Literally.

From the beginning of this book, when he was right away there for Rin while she was being bullied by others for being dark-skinned and a peasant—I fell in love with him.

Oh, which reminds me: I love how Kuang didn’t stick to stereotypical Asian image of all of them being white and black haired. I love that so much, and I will never stop loving how she included that.🥺

But anyways, this sweet and adorable cinnamon roll better not be harmed in the upcoming books or I will rage and die in misery. DON’T HURT KITAY, OKAY?
meanwhile everyone who’s already read this series is probably laughing at me

Kitay waggled his eyebrows. “One might say you’ve been obsessed with Nezha.”

“Don’t be disgusting.”

“You are. You’re always asking me about him.”

“Because I’m curious,” Rin said. “Sunzi says to know your enemy.”

“Fuck Sunzi. You just think he’s pretty.”

Rin tossed the chessboard at his head.

Loved this part so much because it was so hilarious.😂 I must say that usually I’m a sucker for romance in all books, but I was totally okay with there being no romance here. It honestly probably would’ve ruined this book if there was.

BUT-

Nezha is amazing, and if there was just a tiny bit romance in the next two books I wouldn’t complain😏 And even if there wasn’t I still wouldn’t complain—I know I’ll love TDR and TBG either way…even though they’ll probably destroy me cries

I probably would’ve hated Nezha in the beginning if I hadn’t seen others love him so much. But honestly from the first scene where Rin met him, I adored him xD that probably says something about me too

He was definitely a jerk to Rin, but the way so much changed throughout the novel…it was literally so sweet and I need more Nezha and I won’t stop demanding for more Nezha. #MORENEZHA

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Ahhh there are so many more characters to talk about, but this review will never end if I keep going. I’ll just say that SO MUCH HAPPENS. I seriously forgot that this was only a debut for a TRILOGY. I’m in awe. Just wow…amazing.

Now the only reason why I didn’t give this 5 stars is because around the middle (part 2) was when it got a little slow, and I struggled slightly to get past that—but that’s probably just a me thing.

It might’ve been because of the new characters/settings introduced and me missing Kitay/Nezha/everyone else.

Other than that, Part 1 got me hooked right away and was a beautiful introduction to this book, while Part 3 was so dark and epic…and heartbreaking of course :’ )

“Her destiny had not been written in the stars, or in the registers of the Pantheon.”

“She was no victim of destiny.”

This is one of those times where I basically cannot trust the author at all judging by what others are saying. And with only reading the first book and almost getting a panic attack…

I am so not ready to have my heart destroyed in the next book.

(4.5⭐)

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕋𝕙𝕖 ℙ𝕠𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝕎𝕒𝕣? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕚-𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕠𝕖𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

January 2021 ~ TBR (very, very late)

11 days into the month and I’m finally posting my TBR for this month…oops.

Ahh I’m so happy that it’s 2021 and we’ve left 2021, although I must say….so far 2021 isn’t starting off on a good note with what occurred last week. I hope all of you in the U.S. are doing alright!!🥺 I can’t imagine how horrifying it must be with recent events. Stay safe!!💕

Hopefully all of this will end, or at least get better after the 20th😅

But anyways! Cheers to a better reading year! I’ve set my goal this year to 50 books, and it feels so good not to be stressed about how many books I have to read lol😂

Now here’s what I’m hoping to read this month (and have already read since this is a late TBR already):


I’ve already finished The Poppy War and wow I am amazed. I’m so very much in love with Rin, Kitay, and Nezha🥺 AND THAT ENDING AHHH IM SO SCARED TO READ TDR😓

And then there’s The Iron Raven which Edelweiss was kind enough to accept my request😭 The Iron Fey was one of my first YA Fantasy books AND FOR PUCK TO FINALLY GET HIS OWN SERIES AFTER 11 YEARS??? HELL YES.

This Golden Flame is another ARC I received and ahhhh I hadn’t heard of it that much before, but it has a main character who is aromantic and that’s all I need to hear😍 I’ve never before seen a book with an ace rep, so I’m soooo excited!!

Now for The Ten Thousand Doors of January…I’d love to say that I have a more cooler and important reason for reading this but I dont. I didn’t even read the synopsis😂 I saw “January” AND KNEW I had to read this in January hehe.

Don’t ask my why I plan on rereading A Curse So Dark and Lonely but not A Heart So Fierce and Broken (2nd book). It’s just been so long since I read the first book and…UNPOPULAR OPINION BUT — I love Rhen more than Grey. The 2nd book did not have Rhen’s POV, and I was sad😥. I actually don’t like Lia Mara and Grey as much as Harper and Rhen.

And A Vow So Bold and Deadly is coming out this month AHHHH I’M SO SCARED. PLEASE, BRIGID, DONT HURT MY RHEN. LET THEM ALL BE HAPPY. I know this book is gonna make me cry and I’m not ready.🥺

I’m going to need all the emotional support I can get. and a bucket of ice cream

So yeah…it looks I’m in for a lot of pain again. With both The Dragon Republic and A Vow So Bold and Deadly, especially. Ahahaha wish me luck.🤡

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕤𝕖? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔻𝕣𝕒𝕘𝕠𝕟 ℝ𝕖𝕡𝕦𝕓𝕝𝕚𝕔? (𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕟𝕒 𝕞𝕒𝕪𝕓𝕖 𝕥𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕞𝕖 𝕚𝕗 𝕀’𝕞 𝕘𝕠𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕤𝕦𝕗𝕗𝕖𝕣 𝕠𝕣 𝕟𝕠𝕥?) 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕟𝕘𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟙? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕖𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

December 2020 ~ Wrap Up

Ahahaha yes I’m finally posting my very late December 2020 TBR, when it’s clearly 2021. After months of my freak outs, I bet you’re all wondering if I ever finished my reading challenge, eh? unless you saw on goodreads

Well I’m here to say that I FINISHED MY GOAL OF 150 BOOKS MUAHAHAHHAA BEAT THAT READING CHALLENGE.

Bokuto’s so proud of me🥺

Anndddd I’m never doing that again. I don’t know how people can read 250+ books, the most I’ve ever read was 161 in 2019 and I don’t think I’ll ever beat that.😆

However, in the end I had to read many novellas to complete, because I mean reality is, that I could never read 18 normal books oh no no that’s impossible for me xD.

Now this will probably be a pretty long list so let’s get to it!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was just beautiful. It broke me completely. My biggest regret is reading this after I’ve already finished the series ahhhh stupid me smh😭. Sam * sobs *

Hehe I was able to count the 5 novellas plus this book as a whole to my reading challenge😈


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Although Jace and Clary aren’t my biggest fans, this was pretty cute! The collection of short stories were good, though some of them made me cringe too xD. I’m hoping that Cassie does something like this with Will & Tessa or Julian & Emma…now THAT would be amazing!😭💖


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This reread was beautiful and honestly the foreshadowing is just amazing. Sarah, you are literally a genius, like how did I not see so much??? My massive buddy read pals weren’t able to read CoM, but we definitely will in January and ahhh I already know I’m gonna cry😭


Rating: 4 out of 5.

CARDAN CARDAN CARDAN. Ahhh I said I’d read it before 2020 ended and I did😎 totally didnt also read it for my challenge I think we can all agree when I say that we need more JURDAN. I will never stop begging for that hehe.


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Ahaha honestly this was really just not for me🙈 I feel bad for giving this such a low rating for a debut author but ahhh I just couldn’t.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Literally all I need to say is Adrian Ivashkov, the love of my life. I do think that the guy in cover doesn’t do him justice, but I totally imagine Sydney like that.

But this book…EVERYONE YOU MUST READ THIS i mean i’ve read this 3 times so that must say something, especially if you loved Vampire Academy!


Omg this parody…I have to say that I have conflicted feelings on this hence the reason why I’ve yet to rate/review this. On one hand it was sometimes funny, but then it was also pretty * ahem * disturbing. I’ll get to reviewing it…one day xD


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m sure you’ve heard enough gushing from me for one day BUT GUYSS THIS BOOK!!! Ahhh I need book 2 ASAP, and just saying…this may or may not be a book for a certain book box hehe😉


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved being able to relate with Eliza! Us introverts stick together!😎 Still not over that ending though💀


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Totally wasn’t desperate to finish my reading challenge ahaha but like wow if possible I want These Violent Delights #2 even more! This Christmas special just broke my heart. Roma and Juliette🥺


Rating: 4 out of 5.

ANOTHER STORY THAT MADE ME CRY. Aghh I barely remember anything from The Darkest Minds, so I think I’m gonna be doing a reread in 2021. Oh, my sweet boy Liam.😭


Rating: 5 out of 5.

ADRIAN ADRIAN ADRIAN ADRIAN ADRIAN ADRIAN

That’s all there is to it. Oh and that ending…yea I can’t just stop my reread here after that. Especially since the 3rd book is my favouriteee😍


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

You know—I’m not going to even😭😭😭 It’s clear I was trying to torture myself in December with all these painful books. AND THIS ONE WAS NO DIFFERENT. I’m going to dieee waiting for book 3. SEND HELP.🥺💔


If I had to summarize December 2020 in one word, it’d be P A I N.

It was obvious that I didn’t suffer enough in 2020, so these books just HAD TO BREAK ME EVEN MORE.

So lesson of the year is to NEVER AGAIN set a goal like this because reality is that I’m gonna get older and even more busy, so I doubt I’ll be able to read like this again.😆 But other than rushing to finish my reading challenge, this month was AMAZING!!

For one thing, I actually made it onto the Best Reviewers List GLOBALLY ON GOODREADS AHHHHHHHHHHHH I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. I LITERALLY SCREAMED WHEN I SAW IT. Was crying tears of joy when I saw that—never did I think I’d make it on there😭😭 I’m so thankful to all those who actually read my reviews🥺💖

And then there’s me being able to actually schedule some of my blog posts and not rush through them😂 But now that school’s started again ahahahhaa💀

Lastly, I was able to meet so many more new friends on here AND Goodreads ahhhh I’m so happy. It’s come to the point where I talk to all of you more than my real life friends wow that doesnt make me sound anti-social to the outside world at all

~NO REGRETS THOUGH~

ℍ𝕠𝕨 𝕕𝕚𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘 𝕘𝕠? 𝔻𝕚𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕖𝕥𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕟𝕘𝕖? 𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕠𝕟𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2) by Roshani Chokshi | Review

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m okay.

She could not see her hope for what it was, nothing more than a silvered serpent.

I-I’m okay.

Love did not always wear the face one wished it would.

I-

Sometimes it looked downright monstrous.

I AM NOT OKAY.

Thank you Roshani for giving me a heart attack.
What a beautiful way to end 2020.😃

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“You might not be a true muse, but you will live on as inspiration to me.”

I don’t know how to write this review without breaking into sobs and screaming at the world. I saw so many friends saying how much this book destroyed them and I believed it…but I also couldn’t believe it to be that bad.
Oh how wrong I was.

ROSHANI DID EXACTLY WHAT I BEGGED HER NOT TO DO AFDSFHJDSHDASJ I WILL NEVER FORGIVE HER FOR MAKING MY HEART STOP LIKE THAT—FOR BREAKING ME IN A WAY I DIDN’T EVEN THINK WAS POSSIBLE.

so much for no screaming

I swear, it’s like December 2020, was the month of heartbreaking books. sam sobs Like “Oh, 2020 wasn’t bad enough, so let’s make Lia suffer this last month.” Yes, torture. How I love torture. ik, ik im being overdramatic BUT I WONT STOP

“When the devil waged war in the heavens, even angels had to fall.”

Everything is not okay. After the events in The Gilded Wolves , everything has changed.

In grief, Severin has closed off all feelings and wants to play…god.

In grief, Laila has stopped baking, dancing, and withdrawn from the others.

In grief, Enrique has busied himself with work and wants to be heard.

In grief, Zofia has left to Poland, and away from memories.

In grief, Hypnos has attempted to be someone he isn’t.

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“When a man cannot see a person as a person, then the devil has slipped into him and is peering out of his eyes.”

They’re all affected by death, but it is Severin whose been hit hardest. The pain he feels and the way he acts . . . I wanted to sob over the cruelty, I wanted to strangle him…with love of course, but most of all, I just wanted him to see past the darkness he holed himself up in.

As much as I despise Roshani for causing me unrelenting pain, I must applaud her for the way she wrote Severin’s grief. It’s so beautifully heartbreaking and realistic . Everyone deals with the death of someone they love differently, and I have to say that this is the first YA novel I’ve seen that’s handled grief this way.

Sure, there’s the typical revenge and depression, but how Roshani did it is so much more complex and I am just left in awe and pain. Thank you for doing this to me, Roshani.😭👍

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“If surviving meant cutting out her heart, then at least she could do it by her own hand.”

While Severin is acting cold and cruel, Laila must struggle to deal with her mortality and savor what time she has left. And with her deal with Severin—to pretend to be his mistress on their mission to retrieve The Divine Lyrics in Russia—it broke my heart watching those two. It broke me even more every time I saw Laila lose hope and the cruel, painful words Severin would say to her . . . ohmygod I wanted to slap him senseless, but knowing the reason behind it also made me want to break down.

So as you can see…T O O M A N Y F E E L S .

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“The light the world perceived belonged to the visible spectrum, which meant there was light humans could not see.
But Zofia wondered if they could feel it all the same, the way she could sense sunshine against her closed eyelids. Because that was how friendship felt to her, an illumination too vast for her senses to capture.”

I am very much in love with Zofia. Our engineer here goes through so much growth in this book, I feel like crying not surprising. She learns to be brave even while feeling fear, she learns to go beyond her comfort zone, and the result of that is just spectacular.

Picture this—Zofia riding an ice stag while holding a flaming sword…I don’t know about you, but that has got to be one of the coolest scenes I’ve ever read and I will never get that out of my head.🥺 asdfghfdsafsgh thinking about Zofia, brings unwanted memories of the ending I CANT-

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“He wanted someone who would enter a room and look for him first, to behold him as though the secrets of the world lay somewhere in his gaze, to finish his sentences. Someone to share cake with.”

Enriqueeee, my love.😭 So much hurt and it kills me. He just wants others to listen to him, and there’s only one person who truly does. I was on the fence before, but now after this, I’m soooo shipping Zorique. I see way more chemistry between the two, than Hypnos/Enrique.

Enrique has always been my favourite and here he still is. The way he grew to finally see what he truly wants . . . this charming and adorable cinnamon has my heart, and deserves the world. And those last few chapters sobs I will never recover.

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“I wanted to be a person I saw only in my dreams, and I named myself for that realm.”

Lastly, there’s Hypnos. I have conflicted feelings towards Hypnos. He tried so hard to be someone Severin could rely on, and really wanted to fit in with the rest of the group…so watching that made my heart go out for him.

But then other things made me really dislike him like in how he used certain people. I don’t forgive him for that, so it is with much regret that I say that I didn’t like Hypnos in this book.😕

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In terms of the setting, I absolutely LOVED how it was set in Russia but, like how krista pointed out, we really didn’t get to see much of it since of the story took place in The Sleeping Palace and them searching for clues within that area.

Still it wasn’t that much of a big deal, other than it taking awhile for me to get into the story in the beginning, but after that it was so tense and amazing!! Also, thankfully the plot wasn’t as confusing as the first book, so that made this much more enjoyable!🥰

OH and I’m happy to say that I actually guessed who was the villain!! And I NEVER guess right so THIS IS HUGE!! So either I’m getting better, if slowly, at guessing who the culprits are, orrr it was meant to be easily guessed probably the latter…shhhhh let me bask in my glory.

Now excuse me while I go back to dying until Fall 2021.

(4.5⭐)

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤? 𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕞𝕪 𝕡𝕒𝕚𝕟?🥺 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕥 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕠𝕗 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead | Review

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“But when I’m around you, I want to be better because… well, because it feels right. Because I want to.”




“You make me want to become something greater than myself. I want to excel. You inspire me in every act, every word, every glance.”


sTOP IT, ADRIAN.
You’re going to make me cry.🥺


“I look at you, and you’re like… like light made into flesh. I said it on Halloween and meant every word: you are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth. And you don’t even know it.

You have no clue how beautiful you are or how brightly you shine.”



* swoooon * AHHH I CAN’T TAKE THIS

This is literally a repeat of my Bloodlines review except shorter, but seriously Adrian is e v e r y t h i n g.😭

And that ending??? It gets at me.
Every.
Single.
Time.


“Adrian stood there leaning against the doorframe, watching me with his heart in his eyes.
In my chest, my own heart was breaking. On my cheek, the lily reminded me who I was.

I turned from him and walked away, refusing to look back.”


And this is my 3rd reread, so you’d think I’d be used to this.
but NO

MY HEART IS IN P A I N

sTOP THIS TORTURE

ADRIAN, MY LOVE😭💔

Adrian deserves all the love in the world, and I cannot wait to to reread the 3rd book—my favourite altho i literally love all her books and once again see it all.🥺


And then of course, I loved seeing Adrian bait Brayden. It’s just too good hehe xD


“And they were prostitutes, right?” asked Adrian. “These hetaerae?”

“Some were,” agreed Brayden. “Not all. I think the usual term is courtesan.”

Adrian was completely deadpan. “So. You’re saying my sister’s dressed like a prostitute.”

Brayden eyed my dress. “Well, yes, if we’re still speaking in hypothetical – “


Oh, Adrian😭😭😂

Adrian being jealous of good ol’ Brayden-who-everyone-forgets-his-name xD I CANT-


AHhhhh I can’t wait to see more Sydrian moments, which I L I V E for.

curse you, richelle mead, for making me fall so hard for adrian 😦


“But perhaps the best part of all was that I, Sydney Katherine Sage, guilty of constantly analyzing the world around me, well, I stopped thinking.”

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕘𝕠-𝕥𝕠-𝕣𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕? 𝔸𝕟𝕕 𝕙𝕠𝕨 𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕖𝕤 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕚𝕥?😆

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕