Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy, #1) by Annette Marie | Review // ft. me screaming about a very underrated series!!

Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess-and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command-whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate-but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope… and hope is all she has left.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

i never thought it was possible for me to love this more than i did the first time, but it is.

best Japanese mythology based, slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers book i’ve ever read🥺


this trilogy is so underrated and that’s totally unacceptable. it deserves all the love. Like it has almost everyone’s favourite trope, enemies-to-lovers , AND it’s based off of Japanese mythology which I’ve barely seen in the book world.

it breaks my heart seeing how only about 6.5k ppl have read this sobs it deserves more recognition, this beautiful book. (altho, my love may be a tiny bit biased since I love Japanese culture so much BUT ANYWAYS)

trust me or maybe dont, the beginning is pretty slow, but once you reach around the 20% mark (chapter 7), it gets really good. the world building also may be a little confusing with all the terms, although you get used to it throughout the story (there’s also a glossary at the back of the book).

it’s funny, i actually struggled with the beginning during my first read, yet with this reread i didn’t mind the slow start at all and loved everything. the banter between Emi and Shiro is amazing and being introduced to my bby Yumei🥺 i cant not reread the rest of the series now that i’ve read this. I need more.


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“Because you are more to me now. Because you keep secrets like a kami and I’m curious what you hide. Because you are lonely and scared and I don’t understand why. Because you trust me when you know you shouldn’t. Because I believe you when you say you will keep your word.”

Emi is the kamigakari — destined to become the kami (goddess), Amaterasu’s, human host. As the kamigakari, Emi must remain pure both physically and mentally lest she be unable to receive the kami’s power and spirit.

No impure thoughts or urges, being restricted to what she can eat (it must all be healthy), having nobody of the opposite gender even touch her, and more… ah, what a sad life. imagine not being able to eat pizza shudder the horror

The life she has feels complete to Emi… until she stumbles across something that changes everything. And with that, it all starts — she meets Shiro, a suspicious shape-shifting kitsune (a fox yokai) who seems to be more than is shown. Yokai are spirits that are closely tied to nature and walk upon the Earth — they’re also known to be monsters or demons.

But Shiro, my love, is only the most amazing, swoon-worthy, and flirty yokai I know. The way I lived for his scenes with Emi🥺 i cant-

the question is… can you trust him? what does Shiro truly want? there must be some ulterior motive, right? this journey of trust and love throughout the trilogy is so, so beautiful. even if there was no plot, i would read this all just for these three <33

Yumei, aka the Tengu is also another yokai Emi meets. He’s very cold and annoyed often by Emi and Shiro hehe but secretly he cares😏 or does he Also, he’s very very sus. He doesn’t appear as much as Shiro, but in the next two books, Yumei shall shine more and make me fall even more in love with him. I still say there should be a spin-off for Yumei🥺 im not giving up on that.

“Don’t forget me, Shiro,” she said hoarsely. “You’re not allowed to forget me.”

“You’ll forget me someday, little miko.”

“I’ll never forget you,” she told him. “I’ll remember you to my last day.”

“Do you promise?”

Her heart gave an odd little flutter. “Yes, I promise.”

why do i keep doing this to myself

ALSO, shoutout to Katsuo for being such a kind-hearted and sweet friend to Emi <33

i will never stop loving this series. and this is only the first book, so i can only imagine how amazing it’s going to to be rereading the next two which are 10000 times better. altho… i’m scared to get my heartbroken, but that’s inevitable ¯_(ツ)_/¯

so ready for some more pain love✌

(also the art i posted above are only just a few of many illustrations in this book. ahhh another reason to read this)

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Buddy re-read with demon crisis krizzie, salty sofia, your hissingness, and lucid lucy <33

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒𝕟 𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕜 𝕕𝕖𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕧𝕖𝕤 𝕞𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕁𝕒𝕡𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕖-𝕞𝕪𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕝𝕠𝕘𝕪 𝕓𝕒𝕤𝕖𝕕 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕠𝕗?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Review

A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

WHAT

it did not just end like that i-

also, jameson and grayson are mine😼 i cant choose one


ah, its been so long since I last read a mystery and this just made me remember how much I miss it. Once again, I have fallen in love. The characters, the plot, everything about this was just amazing.

Excuse me while I suffer waiting until September for book 2.✌

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“If there’s one thing the Hawthorne family isn’t, it’s fine. They were a twisted, broken mess before you got here, and they’ll be a twisted, broken mess once you’re gone.”

I still can’t get over that Avery just randomly got called to inherit a billionaire’s fortune?? How awesome is that? You don’t even know said billionaire and have never come across anyone close to them and yet you get all the money that was originally all supposed to go to his grandsons???

I couldn’t stop laughing when that happened. They were sooo pissed it was hilarious. Although I can’t blame them, I would’ve wanted to kill her… which is probably why she got all those death threats

ouch.

I love Avery. She’s literally so smart and the way she wouldn’t let her personal feelings get in the way in trying to find solve the case was really admirable. Also, being able to show no emotion on her face?? I wish I could do that — it sounds so cool and it’d be really useful for me during those games of chess i lose.

And Jameson ahhh Jamie my bby🥺 demon mashie mentioned how he gives off Matthew Fairchild vibes and seriously why is that so true??? TLH has gotten to us smh.

But anyways, I’m in love with his chaoticness (thats not a word) ughh I’m seeing a trend in the type of guys I keep falling for. i mean, he’s like matthew so how could i not love him?? Getting drunk to run away from his problems and acting like a maniac even sober… I love it. And the way he talked omg-

“If I do what I should no more often than I say what I shouldn’t—” his lips twisted—”then what does that make me?”

I had no idea what he was saying here?? Although he was drunk, so maybe that’s why, but ohmygod I literally spent 10 minutes trying to understand that sentence. god i love jamie.🥺 oh what a coincidence that he has the same nickname as james herondale…okay ill stop now

Okay, and then there’s the broody older brother, Grayson, who I absolutely despised at first, but he’s actually so sweet??? I can’t blame him for always putting his family first sdfsdfs what is this? Me falling in love with two potential love interests for the love triangle?? oh no, not good, not good. cries is it too much to ask for both of them to be happy?

There was also Nash, the oldest brother of the 4, but I don’t like him. There’s something off about him and I just cant with him. Now Xander, the youngest one, is such a sweet cinnamon roll. The bright and happy one of the group… or so it seems. Who knows? I definitely can’t wait to see more of him next book hehe

“Sometimes things that appear very different on the surface are actually exactly the same at their core.”

This has to be the first time that one of the first few guesses I made ended up being right?? I am beyond shocked. This needs to be marked in history. I, Lia Demonstairs, have actually guessed correctly.

ah, this feeling… so satisfying. But anyways, I had it from the beginning but throughout the book I kept changing because everyone was acting so sus. smh I still don’t know who to trust!! what is this sorcery??

And that twist at the end

Dear Authors, you cannot just end a book like that. You’re literally killing us. And when we die, we cant read the 2nd book, and when we cant read the book, that hurts you so in the end we both suffer, right? So why not take pity on our poor mortal souls and not end it like that?? Thank you.

just kidding, the masochist in me loves this torture

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Buddy read with some demons krizzie, mash, lucy, ish, charm, and devika.

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤? 𝕎𝕙𝕚𝕔𝕙 ℍ𝕒𝕨𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕣𝕟𝕖 𝕓𝕣𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖? 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕨𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕕𝕠 𝕚𝕗 𝕒 𝕓𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕚𝕣𝕖 𝕠𝕗𝕗𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕚𝕣 𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕦𝕟𝕖?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours, #2) by Cassandra Clare | Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tell me, what do I say? What do I say about this masterpiece?

I would change nothing. And I mean nothing. actually maybe just that bloody ending sobs

CASSIE, YOU CANNOT EXPECT ME TO WAIT 393+ DAYS FOR CHAIN OF THORNS-


No, this is true torture. She really fooled us smh this book hurt so much.

The secrets, the lies, everything was painful. I don’t like having my heart torn into pieces 😦

There are so many ways to destroy me, ah I shouldn’t have been surprised that Cassie was able to do it again — and in the most unbelievable way possible considering where I stood last book.

My queen is ruthless :’ )


(🛑There shall be SPOILERS from Chain of Gold…you have been warned.🛑)


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“When you want something very much, you are willing to accept the shadow of that thing.”

“Even if it is just a shadow.”

That line is the embodiment of p a i n. sobs

Oh Cordelia, how my love has grown for her. Imagine marrying the love of your life, but not actually marrying him, yet suffering through it with determination and not yielding to that pain. My respect 📈

And to add on to that, you know that he’s in love with someone else that isn’t you. I don’t know how she endured that, especially when James here would continue making stupid mistakes.

But of course, it’s not his fault. As we all know, it’s because of that cursed bracelet that’s making him feel that way. That bracelet that Grace gave to him — orders given to her by Tatiana Blackthorn, the true monster here.

Cordelia’s strength and kindness is so awe-inspiring. Throughout the book she continued to amaze me sdfsdfsadf I seriously love her so much — and that’s exactly why it pained me so much to see her in pain. but that was me with everyone here, so ig that’s nothing new cries

And that dangerous oath of loyalty to the mysterious power she swore herself too…ohmygodd guys I’m so shook. I’m telling you that if you guess what and who it is, you are a scary genius — but I have to say that I don’t think anyone’s going to guess it. It’s truly something none of us could’ve imagined, so be ready.

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“I believe what he means to say is that it cannot be the responsibility of one’s friends to prevent one from doing something one believes is right.”

“It is, however, the job of one’s friends to rescue one from the consequences of one’s actions when it all goes skew-whiff.”

Ahhh James Herondale, he really does give one of the best speeches known to humanity. I must say though, I did not like him in book 1 and could not possibly compare him to Will — now though, omg he’s stolen my heart and I would die for him.

It can’t be helped that the bracelet has bewitched him into ‘loving’ Grace. And watching him and Cordelia together in their fake marriage…ohmygod my heart-

I’ve been converted to Team Jordelia.le gasp I know, practically everything I said/thought in my Chain of Gold review has totally changed. Where I once was totally Team Fairstairs…ahh I must betray my fellow friends. Jamie and Cordelia is so sweet and wholesome🥺

THEY MUST BE ENDGAME OR I WILL RIOT.

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“I know what it is to be in pain, and not to be able to seek comfort from the one you love most, not to be able to share that pain with anyone you know.”

And that brings me to my cinnamon roll, Matthew Fairchild. All I want is for Matthew to be happy. He doesn’t need to be in a romantic relationship or anything — I just want him to find his happiness and be able to forgive himself. Please, Matthew. but with how Cassie’s like, I don’t believe thats going to happen sobs

The Matthew and Cordelia moments also broke my heart. They both could relate to so many things ughhh and this was where I’d be cheering for Fairstairs, but in the end, I say that it’s better off with the two being friends — not lovers.

But why does Matthew continue to destroy pieces of my soul?? The way he hides away his grief and suffering with witty and dramatic comments…and with his consumption of alcohol omggg I’m so so scared. This really isn’t going to end well.😭 He needs help and I pray that he finds that help.

My cinnamon roll needs all the love in the world.

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“I remember what it is to be hot or cold. To want things. To need things. All those things are real for me again, as nothing else has been real to me since I died–except for you.”

sdfdsfd that is so beautiful. When I say Cassie wasn’t holding back on the feels, I truly mean that. It’s like she’s setting up everything for all of it then to come crashing down on us in the last book-

WAIT, SHE PROBABLY IS DOING THAT ON PURPOSE. That monster Her plan is working sobs I’m not ready. I’m not ready. I’m not ready.

Lucie has grown so much in this book, although it pains me to see her keeping so many secrets from the others. No longer is she being kept from the action as she was before, but now her mission, along with Grace, is to bring Jesse back from the dead and give him the life he deserves.

However, while I did ship Lucie and Jesse in the Chain of Gold, my amazing friend, Sofia brought up a good point about how bland Jesse is.

And I see that now. There really isn’t anything at all that’s really amazing about him. He’s just…a ghost? He’s kind to Grace? Hmmm maybe I’ll love him more in the next book. Watching those two together was so beautiful and heartbreaking, though.🤧

But I will say this — Lucie needs no man. She’s the strong and independent girl I love ❤

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“If there was one thing she couldn’t bear, it was other people having expectations. She would always disappoint them.”

And here’s another opinion I had in CoG that’s changed now:

I LOVE Grace.

You’re probably wondering how? or maybe you weren’t blinded by rage bc of the gracelet and could see past all of it unlike me

Grace really is the victim here. Her parents were killed when she was so young and then after being sent to live with the devil Tatiana Blackthorn, she was never cared for or loved by anyone, except for Jesse and he died-

That is just so devastating, I can’t imagine how terrible that is. And look at how corrupt and vicious Tatiana is…and then just imagine living in the same household as that demon . shudder The horror.

And then when you have Cassie giving you Grace’s POV and more of her background story/secrets…oh come on, I really can’t see how one would still despise her after learning all that. The true monster who needs to die is Tatiana.

Also, I’m so shipping Kit and Grace — they’re literally perfect for each other ohmygod I seriously just had a goofy smile on my face reading their scenes. Grace is so confused with Kit’s honesty and innocence sdfsfsfs I love it. They couldn’t be more perfect for each other.

I just have to share this scene-

“You don’t seem that surprised,” Grace observed.

“On the contrary. I’ve never heard of transferring a rune between Shadowhunters—”

“No, I meant—” Grace wished she hadn’t said anything. “I only meant that you didn’t seem surprised to see me put a rune on myself.”

“Why would I be?” Christopher asked, obviously confused. “You’re a Shadowhunter. It’s what we do.”

Grace’s heart sank. Now Christopher probably thought she was completely peculiar—and for some reason, that bothered her.

(okay, i’ll stop now)

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“I am nothing like you, Thomas, because you are one of the better people I have ever known. You have a kind nature and a heart like some knight out of a legend. Brave and proud and true and strong. All of it. And all the time you have known me, I have been a terrible person.”

So, you see. We are nothing at all alike.”

SDFDSFSAD THE FEELS. STOP IT CASSIE. STOP IT.

This is exactly what I mean. She cannot stop making me feel this way.

ThomasxAlastair moments were so sweet.

AriadnexAnna moments were filled with so much longing.

JamesxCordelia moments with so much angst.

GracexKit moments being so adorable and innocent.

LuciexJesse moments…so beautiful and heartbreaking.

My heart cannot take this I-

I truly believe nothing is going to go right in Chain of Thorns . And it doesn’t help that this series is called The Last Hours nor does it help that Cassie herself said that the ending of this series is much worse than Clockwork Princess AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS HEARTBREAKINGLY PAINFUL-

laughs in ‘I don’t want to die’

But ignoring that haha i could never, I could go on and on forever with how perfect this book felt to me. The amount of TDA references in this book?!?! ohmygodd it actually just left me shook — Cassie said that this series interconnects with The Dark Artifices and I so see that now. I’m in awe. Did she really plan all of this beforehand?? She’s a witch.

I will never be able to say everything I want to in this review. cries Already I’m reaching the word limit dammit. Honestly, if you read all of this I applaud you. It truly is an honor.🥺

So yeah, I can tell that we’re all screwed and Cassie is going to be the only one laughing by the end of this.

Death is coming.

Ave atque vale

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕪 ℂ𝕒𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕖 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕤? 𝕎𝕒𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕒 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕒𝕥 𝕗𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕤𝕠𝕠𝕟 𝕘𝕣𝕖𝕨 𝕥𝕠 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖? 𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕝𝕤𝕠 𝕕𝕪𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒𝕗𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕚𝕟 ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕚𝕟 𝕠𝕗 𝕀𝕣𝕠𝕟?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

February 2021 ~ Wrap-Up

Ah, once again we reach the end of another month. But wow, I know February is a short month still… it passed by so fast. At least we’re getting closer to the end of the school year.🥳 thank god

I remember saying at the beginning of February that it’d be a great month… haha yeah, I believe I jinxed myself smh I should know better.

I definitely did read amazing books, I mean — I got to read two of my anticipated books of 2021 in the same month. But you know I actually don’t like that because after I’d finish them I WAS PUT INTO A SLUMP. So not fun.😥

And then there was school, but I’m not going to talk about that.

Anyways I guess I was still able to read a decent amount even getting into two slumps😂


Average Rating: 4.0


Chain of Iron: ★★★★★ (my review)

Hot British Boyfriend: ★★★★ (my review)

Crown of Midnight: ★★★★ (my review)



We Are the Fire: ★★.5 (my review)

A Court of Silver Flames: ★★★★★ (my review)

Six of Crows: ★★★.5 (my review)


It was both Chain of Iron and A Court of Silver Flames that got me into two slumps. I absolutely loved them so much, that I was just stuck in a book hangover in what felt like forever. They were just so beautiful sdfsdf even now I can’t stop thinking about them.

I literally didn’t read for a full week in February because of these books smh. Thankfully I’ve been able to get out of these cursed slumps, ahhh dont jinx it again, me.

I’m glad that in the end I was able to read what I set for my TBR except for one book. The Burning God has still yet to be read and I blame a certain individual who gave out a spoiler of the ending of the series… they could be lying but I don’t know, now I’m not in the mood to read TBG and I was so excited😭😭 I have no idea when I’ll read it now 😦

And FINALLY I read Six of Crows, hehe now I just need to read Crooked Kingdom and then I’ll be ready for the tv show😎 which btw if you haven’t already seen the trailer or just want to rewatch it like meHERE IT IS!!!

Jesper’s wink gets me every. single. time.

AND THE DARKLING AHHHH BEN BARNES IS PERFECT * swooon *

Okay, now I’ll stop.

Anywas, I can’t wait for March and to see what that brings!! Slowly we’re getting closer to freedom summer ahhh then we’ll be able to read as much as we can ehehe.

ℍ𝕠𝕨 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝔽𝕖𝕓𝕣𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕪? ℝ𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕖𝕤? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕗𝕦𝕟 𝕠𝕟 𝕍𝕒𝕝𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo | Review

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Believe me, nobody’s more surprised of this rating than me.

And it only took me 3 years to finally finish this.


also, stan queen nina🙌

I like all the characters (altho Kaz is just meh), but Nina steals the spotlight for me. I love her so much and I’m not ready to see what happens in CK — my poor girl🥺

But other than her, I don’t really have a super strong attachment to the characters??? Maybe only Jesper (I’d be sad if he died), but the other four ahhh I won’t complete my sentence.

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“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

Ah, Kaz Brekkerdemjin, Dirtyhands, Bastard of the Barrel — the man whom almost everyone is madly in love with. I wanted to join in and love him too, but please, when you describe his voice as ‘raspy’, I can’t imagine him as anything else except an old man for the rest of the book.

It didn’t help that he didn’t act like his age, although I understand he’s been through a lot (his story is sad/horrifying, ill give him that), but still…he’s just too smart. Smarter than others who’ve had many more years of experience and dealings in the world? hmmm

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“She was not a lynx or a spider or even the Wraith. She was Inej Ghafa, and her future was waiting above.”

Then there’s Inej, the Wraith. She is amazing and I love her loyalty to her friends, but that’s all I can think of. why am i already forgetting what’s happened in this book-

Her strength is admirable and her will to continue during difficult tasks is really awe-inspiring. I do love some good female assassins, too. And while I don’t like Kaz all that much, those moments between him and Inej were really sweet.🥺

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

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“If any of you survive, make sure I have an open casket. The world deserves a few more moments with this face.”

Jesper is basically the guy we all need during very tense moments. The times I’d be laughing would almost always include him in those conversations. He’s the sharpshooter who loves to gamble and won’t feel most at ease unless he’s in the midst of battle. I adore this boy. And with the way this ended I-

also, i may or may not have swooned when I saw him winking in the trailer

And Wylan is such an adorable, innocent member of the Dreg. Too sweet for this dangerous life, although he didn’t seem to play a huge part in this book that revelation at the end was so heartbreaking 😦

Jesper and Wylan’s interactions were golden enough, so I’m definitely excited to see more Wylan and some ahemWesper😏

“Why does it matter?”
“I don’t know!” Jesper said angrily. “Maybe I liked your stupid face.”

awwwww

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“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

Finally my queen Nina Zenik—a Heartrender from Ravka. And then there’s Matthias Helvar—Drüskelle from Fjerda. Both are sworn enemies and with bad blood after a shocking betrayal. A Grisha, and Grisha Hunter…how could they possibly work together during this mission?

Nina is amazing, that’s all there is to it. From her first appearance I fell in love with her and as the story went on, that love just grew. She has a terrible singing voice, loves sweets — our ✨waffle queen✨ — and has such a beautiful heart.

Nina deserves all the love in the world, and all the waffles of course. But I know what’s coming, and I’m. Not. Ready. sobs my baby. I would do anything to prevent all the pain she’s going to go through.

I probably would’ve loved Matthias more if something wasn’t holding me back. He was alright, and I could relate with him during those moments where the rest of the Dregs looked insane. but we all love that insanity ofc

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

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Even liking these guys though, the story in general was unbelievably slow imo. After I got past the first 20 pages, it actually got much better, but once I reached the halfway point is where it all went downhill…

Please tell me, why was I so bored during the actual heist??? You’d think after the halfway point where all the action would be happening, I’d be really engaged but it was such a struggle getting through. I truly believe there’s something wrong with me — I’m not normally bored with these kind of things, but here I was??😭🤚

I never thought a heist could move so slowly and make me do chem homework instead (yes, I cant believe it myself). When you see me willingly do homework over reading, you know there’s something terribly wrong.

But 3.5 stars isn’t bad. I’m actually surprised I enjoyed it at all (considering how ive been trying to read it for 3 years and all), although I wish I could’ve loved it more. This is definitely overhyped imo, though.

I am quite hesitant to read Crooked Kingdom, but krizzie says there’s more character focus and I like that soooo CK here I come👀

(Also, cindy’s video on CK was her as an emotional mess, so it must be good??? hopefully)

(3.5⭐)

Buddy read with amazing friends, Sarah and Foteini!!! Thanks so much for buddy reading with me and helping me push through this book😂 I am forever grateful <33

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒𝕟 𝕦𝕟𝕡𝕠𝕡𝕦𝕝𝕒𝕣 𝕠𝕡𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕧𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕕? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕙𝕪𝕡𝕖𝕕 𝕦𝕡 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕕 𝕦𝕡 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕘? 𝕀𝕤 ℂ𝕣𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕖𝕕 𝕂𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕕𝕠𝕞 𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕