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.πŸ₯³ 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.πŸ˜₯

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 slumpsπŸ˜‚


Average Rating: 4.0


Chain of Iron: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (my review)

Hot British Boyfriend: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (my review)

Crown of Midnight: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (my review)



We Are the Fire: β˜…β˜….5 (my review)

A Court of Silver Flames: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (my review)

Six of Crows: β˜…β˜…β˜….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 𝕨𝕒𝕀 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝔽𝕖𝕓𝕣𝕦𝕒𝕣π•ͺ? ℝ𝕖𝕒𝕕 π•’π•Ÿπ•ͺ π•Ÿπ•–π•¨ 𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕀𝕖𝕀? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 π•’π•Ÿπ•ͺ π•—π•¦π•Ÿ π• π•Ÿ π•π•’π•π•–π•Ÿπ•₯π•šπ•Ÿπ•–π•€?

𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•

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 priceβ€”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 destructionβ€”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 ninaπŸ™Œ

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 girlπŸ₯Ί

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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β€œWhen 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.πŸ₯Ί

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

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β€œIf 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😏

β€œWhy does it matter?”
β€œI don’t know!” Jesper said angrily. β€œMaybe 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 Zenikβ€”a Heartrender from Ravka. And then there’s Matthias Helvarβ€”DrΓΌskelle 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

β€œKaz 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 comeπŸ‘€

(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 bookπŸ˜‚ I am forever grateful <33

π•Žπ•™π•’π•₯’𝕀 π•’π•Ÿ π•¦π•Ÿπ•‘π• π•‘π•¦π•π•’π•£ π• π•‘π•šπ•Ÿπ•šπ• π•Ÿ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦’𝕧𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕕? π”Έπ•Ÿπ•ͺ 𝕙π•ͺ𝕑𝕖𝕕 𝕦𝕑 π•“π• π• π•œπ•€ π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 π•–π•Ÿπ••π•–π•• 𝕦𝕑 π•π• π•§π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜? 𝕀𝕀 β„‚π•£π• π• π•œπ•–π•• π•‚π•šπ•Ÿπ•˜π••π• π•ž 𝕓𝕖π•₯π•₯𝕖𝕣?

𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•

A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4) by Sarah J. Maas | Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

ohmygod I’m sobbing that was so beautiful

All hail Queen Nesta and SJM for making me love her so much

My favourite ACOTAR book by far


I don’t know what to do with myself now.

Like actually, I think I’m gonna be in a book hangover for weeksβ€” no, months omg I cannot. This has to be the most times I’ve ever cried in a book I swear to god I’m still crying right now.

From the beginning of the book to the end…even the acknowledgments , all of it destroyed me. My heartβ€”

This has been said many times, but I love you so much Sarah. Sarah, my queen. Sarah, my goddess. My love for SJM will never cease to exist.

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πŸ›‘Note: The first part will have NO SPOILERS, while the 2nd will definitely have SPOILERS. I’ll have a warning when it comes to that.

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“Everyone deserves happiness. The road there isn’t easy. It is long, and hard, and often travelled utterly blind. But you keep going.

Because you know the destination will be worthwhile.”

This is Nesta’s special journey. Nesta’s journey through dealing with her trauma. Struggling with the pain she’s been in and healing. Finding the ability to love herself.

I didn’t think SJM could write a better book for mental health than ACOMAF, but I believe right here, she did exactly that. There wasn’t a single scene where I didn’t feel like my heart was breaking.

This was such an emotional ride. I could actually relate to Nesta and while it isn’t as severe as her, there are times where I’d also hate myself and feel like I deserve nothing. And seeing Nesta deal with all of this — it broke me in so many ways. To have her in so much pain and think that she herself has to change in order to be “fixed”… ohmygod no I swear I cant.😭🀚

Then there was Cassian. I love how he wouldn’t give up on Nesta and even while trying to help her, he still didn’t let her get away with everything. He kept reaching out his hand throughout it all. But in the end, the only person who could heal Nesta was Nesta herself.

You can help someone as much as you want, but at the end of all that, it’s up to them to see past that darkness and find the light. To love themselves and be happy with who they are.

To heal the parts of you that hurt so much and hurt others.

im crying again dammit This book hit me so hard. I’m actually such a mess. I never thought I could love a book this much. Not surprised it was Queen SJM that did this to me.

I will never forget the impact Nesta’s story had on me. There’s no doubt that I’ll be rereading this so many times in the future. Already I feel like rereading. My god, what has she done to me sobs is this what love feels like?

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πŸ›‘SPOILER part of the review below. Do not go past this if you haven’t read ACOSF.πŸ›‘

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She would not be mastered by anything again. She was the master of herself.

I know I talked about Nesta already but seriously she’s such a queen. Cassian wasn’t the only one there for her. We’re introduced to new characters in this book and I love it. Honestly, it had to be my favourite part of her story.

Nesta’s friendship with Emerie and Gwyn was so, so, so wholesome and sweet. Each of them had their own past that haunted them and were afraid for the other to find out. But that’s exactly what made them fit so well together. That moment where they all shared their secrets with each other, realizing that the other wouldn’t be judging them…I cried so much not surprising omg it was so beautiful to see them open up.

Their love for each other was tested especially when they had to participate in The Blood Rite. I was so shook, I actually didn’t think they’d be doing it, but ohmygod that was so stressful. I was terrified SJM would destroy me again and kill Emerie or Gwyn. Thank god she took pity on our poor hearts.

Also, omg them training to be Valkyries dsfdsfgd YES YES YES. I LOVED that so much. And to see them in action during The Blood Rite against those bastards??? Perfection.but also really stressful bc my gurlsπŸ₯Ί ALSO THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS OHMYGOD I CANNOT. HEARTBREAKING AND BEAUTIFUL.

I legit hope Gwyn and Emerie play bigger roles in the next two books, especially ahem because I have some ships in mind.😏 Yes, I may be too early but I believe in EmeriexMor and AzrielxGwynπŸ™

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“The first time I saw that look on your face, you were still human. Still human, and I nearly went to my knees before you.”

Tell me, what’s one of the most heartbreaking scenes you’ve ever read?

I’ll tell you mine — CHAPTER 50. That was so heart-wrenching, my heart died. My own sisters were looking at me like I was insane. But something even more heartbreaking?

CASSIAN CRYING

That completely and utterly destroyed me. I was dying on the inside. Just thinking about him crying, is making me cry. I swear to god, I literally put my heart through torture reading this.

Seeing through Cassian’s POV is the greatest gift we could’ve asked for. All the flaws and insecurities he feels, I’m in so much p a i n. I adore him even more than before. He was there for Nesta and Nesta was there for him, my heart-

“Forgiveness is not that easy.”

“Forgiveness is something we also grant ourselves. And I can talk to you until these mountains crumble around us, but if you don’t wish to be forgiven, if you don’t want to stop feeling this way…it won’t happen.”

Hello? Please stop destroying me. Please, Cas.

“You don’t need to become some impossible ideal. You don’t need to become sweet and simpering. You can give everyone that I Will Slay My Enemies lookβ€”which is my favourite look, by the way. You can keep that sharpness I like so much, that boldness and fearlessness. I don’t want you to ever lose things, to cage yourself.”

STOP. THE. PAIN. * cries * Cas, when did you become so wise and give such heart crushing speeches?? This is one of the most beautiful lines I’ve ever read. No question about it.

Also, to finally find out what was in the solstice gift Cassian wanted to give Nesta — it was A BOOK. Okay imma stop right there, I’m crying again. I cant do this.πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­

(And Azzy & Nesta’s friendship…sobs beautiful. HE GAVE HER A FAELIGHT FOR READING AS A SOLSTICE GIFT. PLEASE, MY HEART-)

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“That’s the key, isn’t it? To know the darkness will always remain, but how you choose to face it, handle it…that’s the important part. To not let it consume. To focus upon the good, the things that fill you with wonder.”

“The struggle with that darkness is worth it, just to see such things.”

Am I really dedicating a whole section to The House of Wind? Yes, yes I am.

I absolutely love Nesta, but my god The House of Wind is the BEST part of this book. Absolutely amazing and kind. I didn’t I could love a house so much, but here I am.

Nesta wished for a friend and the House became that friend for her. It encouraged her to do more, pushed her to try more. The House reads romance novels. I’m crying, I love the House so much. And the darkness that swirled at the bottom of the library?? I can’t believe that was the heart of the House ohmygod please I love it. The way Nesta accepted the way it was, just like the House did that for her…sdfgdsfs I’m in pain. sobs too much for my heart.

AND IT GAVE NESTA CHOCOLATE CAKE AND ROMANCE BOOKS. What’s not to love about the House??? woah wait, why is this reminding me of celaena with her love of chocolate cake and books shook

The House of Wind is e v e r y t h i n g.

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“I went into the Cauldron, too, you know. And it captured me. And yet somehow all you think of is what my trauma did to you.

(This is Nesta’s book, but I just have to say this.)

I’m guilty of this too, but I think most of us hated Elain because of how we saw her, being sweet, kind and useless…and judged her right away, forgetting that she also is still suffering going into the Cauldron and with what happened in the war against Hybern.

Just like Nesta, Elain has a different way of showing her trauma and that’s by hiding it away and making it look like she’s okay, using the image everyone thinks of her being–sweet and kind. It’s just like we all think of her and hate her for that. Everyone expects Elain to be one thing, so she acts like that BUT is that truly Elain?

So yeah, I judged her too early. (Feysand’s POV really helped with this too) I shouldn’t hate her right away because there’s still her story to be told. I’m actually excited to see that.

But even knowing all of this, I still don’t like Elain.πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I understand it and everything but just something about her rubs me off the wrong way. I don’t hate her, but I don’t like her either. I have no doubt Sarah will make us love, or at the very least, like Elain next book.

Also, I seriously do not ship her with Azriel.

I believe Azriel and Gwyn would be such a beautiful pair ohmygod I’d love that so much. If the three brothers get with the three archeron sisters…no no no, please no. And I absolutely love the Azriel POV. My heart is hurting so much for AzzyπŸ₯Ί He needs the love he deserves.

Omg every time he’d appear as the “chaperone” for Nesta and Cassian–omg I was dying of laughter. I loved those scenes. Poor Azzy having to deal with Nesta and Cas, tsk tsk naughty Fae. But the friendship between Nesta and Azzy ohmygod my heart, im crying it was so beautiful. Azzy have Nesta

Also, something else as to why I think AzrielxElain wont be endgame is because during the solstice dance, both Cas and Eris talk about how smothered/plain Elain is wearing black, which I feel like is SJM’s way of saying that Elain isn’t compatible with The Night Court and it’s darkness & shadows. ahhh I truly feel like she’s going to go to another court in the next book.

Also Azzy’s shadows disappear when they’re around Elain. Meanwhile, the shadows dont disappear around Gwyn…they come alive around her. I don’t know about you, but it looks like SJM is trying to say somethingπŸ‘€ I stan Gwynriel

β€œI am the rock against which the surf crashes.”

β€œNothing can break me.”

AND THE FACT THAT AZZY SINGS AND GWYN SINGS SDFGSDFD I CANT😭🀚

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“I’ll deny it to the grave if you tell anyone, but I missed you too, Cursebreaker.”

Helion is amazing sdfgdsfsdf I love him so much. I think we can all agree with needing more Helion these next few books. And for Lucien to find out the truthπŸ₯Ί We need a Lucien book so bad omg so many books needed.

I’m so curious as to what really was going on when Nesta asked about Jurian & Vassa and Lucien replied sharply HMM I may be reading too much into that, but something’s going on ughhh I wanna know more about those three.

ALSO, ERIS. There is SO MUCH MORE to Eris then is shown. I really want to see more Eris and his story. I believe there’s a lot more to him and Cas even sees that he’s a decent guy.

Oh, another thing I forgot to mention was the fact that Nesta Made three magic weapons and one of them she named the sword Ataraxia, which means Inner Peace…I’m in love. I stan Nesta so much. She grew to be so much stronger than she was before annnnnd the tears are coming in again.πŸ˜ƒβœŒ

This reminds me of Feyre and Nesta’s relationship. sobs It brings me joy to see the two finally understand and show their love for each other. No matter what, Feyre wouldn’t give up on her either. She tried so hard to help Nesta and I love Feyre so much for that. Unlike cough some people cough Rhysand. I actually despised him at one point in the novel, it was so messed up. I don’t love him anymore, but I’m glad everything’s good between Nesta and Rhys now.

Although, I have to say that when Nesta apologized to everyone it irked me. Like yeah, she did say harmful things to them, but the Inner Circle did too?? Honestly, they should’ve apologized too, mainly Rhys and Amren but ah, that didn’t happen rage they should grovel at her feet.

Those last few chapters had crying with them so much ohmygod even though I knew Rhys and Feyre wouldn’t die sdfgdsfg TALK ABOUT STRESSFUL. To see them all in so much pain and fear broke me so much.

Their baby boy’s name is Nyx — please erase my feelings. So beautiful that ending. Dark haired, blue eyed Nyx.πŸ₯Ί I’m crying god.

(Okay I’ll stop being an emotional mess.)

OMG WAIT. JUST ONE MORE THING I REALIZED. THIS:

THAT WAS AELIN. AELIN WAS THE RED SHOOTING STAR OHMYGOD I AM SHOOK FR WTH OMG I DIDNT NOTICE THAT THE FIRST TIME WHAT THE HELL SARAH. OMG YOU WITCH, I LOVE YOU. FDDSFGDSDF AELIN APPEARED OHMYGODD I CANT GET OVER THIS. AELIN FLEW THROUGH THE 26 REALMS

(Okay, NOW I’ll stop)

All in all, this was absolutely perfect in my eyes. minus the too much smut Sarah has once again made me fall in love with her book and now I don’t know what to do with my life.

I pray that the next book is about Az and I’m hoping that it comes out next year.

Thank you, Sarah, for creating this beautiful and inspiring story.

In the beginning
And in the end
There was Darkness
And nothing more.

π•Žπ•™π•’π•₯’𝕀 π• π•Ÿπ•– 𝕠𝕗 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦𝕣 π•—π•’π•§π• π•¦π•£π•šπ•₯𝕖 π•žπ•–π•Ÿπ•₯𝕒𝕝 𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕝π•₯𝕙 𝕣𝕖𝕑 π•“π• π• π•œπ•€? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 π”Έβ„‚π•†π•Šπ”½? π•Žπ•™π• ’𝕀 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦𝕣 π•—π•’π•§π• π•¦π•£π•šπ•₯𝕖 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕔π•₯𝕖𝕣?

𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•

We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor | ARC Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

well, this got progressively better as I read

but still sobs it felt like torture😭🀚


so happy I’m done.


Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but it was unbelievably slow. It got much better in the 2nd half, but there were still many parts that would just drag on and I was dying.

While I didn’t love An Ember in the Ashes , I did thoroughly enjoy it so I was pretty excited for this book when I saw that it for fans of that series.

It is very unfortunate that I was disappointed.πŸ’€


But I do see how the two are similar — the way the commanders/rulers in both books treat their soldiers/slaves is very cruel and there’s a rebellion plot to overthrow said rulers. oh how i’ve grown to despise that plot

Also, I’d like to say that I loved Pran and Oksana, but I didn’t. It was definitely interesting seeing the two main characters already in love with each other from the beginning but ehhhhh I don’t like them and I don’t like their romance.πŸ˜•


Although I will sayβ€”and yes, I know something’s wrong with meβ€”that I started liking Pran a lot more when I saw him kill others for the good of the rebellion.

I mean, at least he knew when to make hard decisions even if it made him feel like a monster. I applaud him for that. don’t question my sanity

Oh, and even though I didn’t like the romance at all, it was interesting to see the author have Oksana and Pran struggle with their relationship throughout the novel, since both had different ideas of freedom.

How far would they go to get what they wanted? Would they have to become the monsters they very much despised to get their freedom? Many questions were raised along the way — it was nice to see the complexity of the situation they were in.


So yea, even though this definitely felt like torture forcing my way through this book, it wasn’t totally bad maybe just for me.

And I was actually in a cursed slump before this and I think I’ve been cured??? Like I was so bored with this book that I now I really feel like reading a super good book. (cough ACOSF) So THANK YOU for saving me.


(2.5⭐)

Buddy read with amazing friends, Katie @ Whispering Pages and Alex @ The Scribe Owl <33



Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

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𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•

We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor | Blog Tour & International Giveaway

Hello, hellooo. Here’s my stop for this blog tour. Ahh thank you Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Andd it was a buddy read with Alex @ The Scribe Owl and Katie @ Whispering Pages — go check out their blogs, both are just * chef’s kiss *

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We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 16th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

As electrifying as it is heartbreaking, Sam Taylor’s explosive fantasy debut We Are the Fire is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and the legend of Spartacus.

In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana―both taken from their homeland at a young age―only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.

Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.

When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Pran and Oksana vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves.


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At the tower, the messenger led them through the metal doors with iron bars twisted in the shape of a leaping fire demon, the same demon fronting the Tuliis’ uniforms and tattooed onto the messengers’ necks. They climbed three flights of spiraling stairs and stepped into an office where [Commander] Tamm, seated behind a wide steel desk, pointed to a pair of wrought-iron chairs across from her. β€œHave a seat. Would you care for coffee? We’ve all had a long night.”

Pran had lost count of how many times he’d seen this game from Tamm, opening meetings with pleasantries whether she intended to praise or punish. It kept Tuliis on edge, and even he couldn’t help the way his heart tightened over what might follow. He perched on the offered seat, stretching out his leg, which throbbed after all those stairsβ€”would it kill the Commanders to meet with him on the first floor?β€”and accepting the cup of coffee Tamm offered. But he didn’t drink it, and neither did Oksana as she settled into the next chair, watching Tamm as if the woman were a viper coiling to strike.

β€œI confess, Nayar,” the Commander said, dumping sugar and cream into her own cup, β€œI was astonished to see you in the courtyard. Foul shape you were in, when you returned.”

β€œAll Tuliikobrets were summoned to the courtyard, and I follow every order.”

β€œI trust you’ll extend that same diligence to your next role.” Tamm took a long swallow of coffee. β€œWe need more trainers. Better trainers.”

β€œT-trainers?” Before they could rattle in his hand, Pran set his cup and saucer on the desk, because trainers meantβ€” β€œCongratulations are in order.” Tamm beckoned behind them, and another messenger swooped into the room carrying two tunics, the leather demons on them a harsh orange. The messenger gave these to Pran and Oksana, along with long-handled flint starters.

β€œWelcome to Hellion rank,” Tamm said. β€œEffective immediately, you are reassigned to the Bronze Bonfire troop. After your commendable attempts tonight to stop the Scarlet Embers . . . Well, we need Tuliikobrets of your caliber in leadership roles. We must instill in young fighters the importance of following commands. Even when it’s painful.” She glanced blatantly at his bad leg.

What the Commanders needed, really, was to replace the Hellions they’d just cooked alongside the Embers. Hellions were young Tuliis’ first instructors, training them to become emotionless puppets who burned on command.

They did as expected of loyal Tuliikobrets. And if he and Oksana wanted to walk out of this tower alive, they’d embrace this new role.

Beside him, Oksana said nothing, her face a blank mask. But the tips of her ears had gone as red as her hair, as they did whenever she was barely holding herself together. But maybe, Pran considered, this new rank didn’t have to be a snare that entangled them further in the Commanders’ power. Maybe they could craft it into something else.


About the Author:

Sam Taylor grew up in Arizona’s deserts and now lives among Connecticut’s trees. She spends her days writing, being mom to the world’s cutest boys, whirling through dance workouts, and baking too many cakes. She does not possess fire magic, but does have one fire-colored cat. We Are the Fire is her debut novel.


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I hope you enjoyed this post and once again thanks to Alex and Katie for buddy reading with me!! Definitely looking forward to future buddy reads hehe <33

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𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Mass | Review

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

Rating: 4 out of 5.

okay, so I actually don’t hate Chaol??? Like before this reread I totally did, but now I don’t. shook


out of curiosity, does anyone actually like him?

ahaha I do get the feeling that I’m going to remember why I hated him once I reread QoS but maybe I won’t…? Until then.

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β€œThe best lies were always mixed with truth.”

After winning the title of the King’s Champion through a deadly tournament, Celaena Sardothien is now doing the king’s dirty work tasks, while being silently judged by the others a.k.a. Dorian, Chaol and Nehemia. Little do they know she’s not actually…going through with these ‘tasks’.

For the king to discover would mean death — death for her and for Chaol.

Chaol, whom she harbors ~feelings~ for.

The question is, will she be able to keep up this charade?

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β€œWhy are you crying?”
“Because,” she whispered, her voice shaking, “you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”

I definitely loved Celaena way more in this book than the first — but it was mostly after part 2 that I did…for reasons you’ll know if you read the book. She was a lot more savage there where in the first part she was more like a lovesick fool. (not that that’s bad of course)

After the halfway mark, I was cackling like a maniac when I saw how bloodthirsty she was. Totally cheering her on, especially when she tortured said people that deserved it. what does that say about me? hmmm

This scene was one of my favourites ohmygod im wheezing-

β€œThen Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”

But with all of that, she was also in p a i n. And Celaena in pain = me in pain.

And this is just the beginning — I don’t remember much of this series, but I remember enough of HoF to know that I’m gonna have to be preparing myself for the feels.

Ready for the sobbing.πŸ˜ƒπŸ”«

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“And he deserved someone who would look at him like that, even if the love wouldn’t be the same, even if the girl wouldn’t be her.

So Dorian closed his eyes, and took another long breath. And when he opened his eyes, he let her go.”

I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t like Dorian before, but I honestly don’t remember.

Dorian is such a cinnamon roll.

Like I was meh on him before but no omg I love him and I now see why everyone loves him. Even though this is a reread, I never realized how amazing he is. How could I not have loved him??? smh

He’s so sweet and the way him and Celaena were so cold and distant from each other in the beginning — sobs heartbreaking. I will never forget how SJM destroyed that ship in the first book.

And even after the way Celaena treated him in the first half, he was there for her in the 2nd half and that is just ughhhh he’s so sweet. I want more Dorian 😦

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β€œThere had never been any line between them, only his own stupid fear and pride.

Because from the moment he’d pulled her out of that mine in Endovier and she had set those eyes upon him, still fierce despite a year in hell, he’d been walking toward this, walking to her.

And now finally, Chaol. πŸ›‘There will be SPOILERS from this bookπŸ›‘

My feelings for Chaol are bit complicated right now. It doesn’t help that I literally remember almost nothing from this series, only bits and pieces. I hated Chaol before rereading — I didn’t remember why, but I remembered that I just did.

So for like the first half of this book that hatred did not change. I was so not cheering for the romance between Celaena and Chaol like no, no, no. Just no.

And then he gets kidnapped, Celaena saves him and there she finds out that he kept the secret that the king was going to be talking with Nehemia. Nehemia dies, Celaena blames Chaol, I blame Chaol.

But I forgot that Chaol wasn’t actually at fault. I didn’t remember that the king didn’t kill Nehemia. IT WAS ARCHER. shook why did I not remember that???

Anyways, so really the only bad thing Chaol did in the end was keep away from telling Celaena that the kill was going to talk to Nehemia, and probably kill her anyways if that happened.

BUT I mean, you can’t really fault him that he kept a secret that the king told him not to tell anyone else. He has been sworn to the king for basically all his life?

Still, that doesn’t excuse that he kept that from the person he supposedly claimed to love. ehhh idk but it’s not surprising considering Chaol’s personality. So yeah, I don’t hate him, but I don’t love him either. (I’m gonna probably want to kill him in QoS)

Although I was laughing so hard to his reaction finding out that Celaena was Aelin AHAHAHA sucker.

damn wow, so I ended up writing so much about Chaol

I’m so so excited to reread Heir of Fire ahhh ROWANN HERE I COME. ALTHOUGH I DIDN’T LIKE YOU MUCH. I wonder how I’ll find him this time around.

more Fae yes, yes , yessss

π•Žπ•™π•’π•₯’𝕀 𝕒 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕔π•₯𝕖𝕣 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣π•ͺπ• π•Ÿπ•– 𝕙𝕒π•₯𝕖𝕀? 𝕀𝕗 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦’𝕧𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 π•₯π•™π•šπ•€ π•€π•–π•£π•šπ•–π•€ — 𝕕𝕠 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 π•π•šπ•œπ•– ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕠𝕝?πŸ‘€

𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•

Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce | ARC Review

After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.

When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested inβ€”if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.

But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

That was actually…cute?!?!

But Will here was nowhere near as perfect as Will Herondale. swoooon

im weird, i know


But wow, I wasn’t actually expecting to like HBB. After being warned, I went into this with very low expectations, so maybe that’s why I ended up really liking it? ahaha who knows.

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After being publicly humiliated due to a * ahem * misunderstanding at a high school party, Ellie wants nothing more than to disappear.

And what better way to do that then to run away to England? I mean, I’d totally do the same.

But really, there was just another spot open to study abroad, and so Ellie took that chance. There, she meets with three others from her school, and our charming hot British mate, Will. Of course, she automatically has a huge obsession crush on him. And the other way around.

Ahhh ✨insta-love✨. Or is it really? I guess obsessing over him isn’t the same as love.

Anyways, from the blurb alone it sounded like any typical contemporary romance novel but oh how more complicated and amazing it was.

I admit, I wasn’t really a huge fan of Ellie — like she was pretty cool, and her hobbies were really cute bUT HER OBSESSION WITH BOYS


Now she’s what you call boy-crazy. But Ellie did (kinda?) tone it down on the boys. Definitely a difference when you compare her from the beginning and the end. Still, there were so many moments that made me cringe ahaha and secondhand embarrassment asdsadfs poor Ellie.

And ohmygod her friends were adorkable. (they were a very diverse cast too😏) One played Quidditch, one could beat-box, and the other was such a nerd — I loved it. They’re such dorks, and that’s what makes them so lovable.


I could not get enough of the places they visited in Europe. sdfdsfds I’ve always wanted to travel to England. The accents especially omg it’s amazing. All the places to visit ughh my school should really have a study abroad in England smh I’m going to petition for one.

The ending was very satisfying as well. Loved the way the author handled it.

All in all, if you’re looking for super cute read, looking for some diversity, and can handle the MC’s obsession with ~de boys~ I think you’ll enjoy this too!!

I still want a hot British boyfriend tho-



Buddy read with the amazing Alex @ The Scribe Owl. Loved buddy reading with you! ❀

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Thank you Harper Teen for sending me an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!!

π•Žπ•™π•’π•₯’𝕀 π•₯𝕙𝕖 𝕝𝕒𝕀π•₯ π•“π• π• π•œ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ 𝕨𝕒𝕀 𝕒𝕓𝕀𝕠𝕝𝕦π•₯𝕖𝕝π•ͺ 𝕛𝕦𝕀π•₯ 𝕒𝕕𝕠𝕣𝕒𝕓𝕝𝕖? 𝔻𝕠 π•ͺ𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 π•₯π•™π•šπ•€ π• π•Ÿ π•ͺ𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕋𝔹ℝ?

𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•

🏹February 2021 ~ TBR🏹

Happy February!!!

I’m so so so excited for this month. SO many new releases, buddy reads with some amazing people and of course, it’s the month of ~love~

Already this month has gone off to a great start. I’ve already finished two books ahhh hopefully it continues that way <33

Here’s what I’ve planned:


Can you hear me screaming??? I was so so lucky to get a physical ARC of one of my 2021 most anticipated reads at the end of January!! I still can’t believe it😭 I’ve already finished reading it and ohmygod guys you are not ready for what Cassie’s planned. and i just found out that Chain of Thorns is BEING PUSHED BACK SDFGDSDF WHY IS THE WORLD SO CRUEL

more info on that here * sobs *


Me and Alex @ The Scribe Owl are doing a buddy read for our ARCS of Hot British Boyfriend. It’s been a lot of fun ahhh so happy to have done it with her!!


Yes, I’m finally getting back to my buddy read pals’ TOG Marathon. We’re re-reading and ohmygod ALL THE FORESHADOWING IM NOTICING. * shook *


I know, I’m FINALLY reading thisπŸ˜‚ I’m doing a huge buddy read with others except I’m very, very behind and by that — I mean, I haven’t even startedπŸ’€ I realize I have way too many buddy reads going on at the same time, but I’m going to definitely start in a few days!!

We’re all ready for the tv show.😎


This is another buddy read I’m planning on doing with both Katie @ Whispering Pages and Alex @ The Scribe Owl. Super excited for this, especially since we’re all doing blog tours and it’s for fans of The Ember in the Ashes series. Hopefully we won’t be let down🀞


Of course, I’m totally hoping to finish TPW series and read The Burning God. oh god, how I actually fear for my life. Everyone who has read the series hasn’t come out the same.

I’m too young to die :’ )


Last but not least, I couldn’t not plan on reading this in February — my second most anticipated read this year, A Court of Silver Flames. Although the cover’s colours are…questionable, I so can’t wait to read about Nesta and Cassian’s story!!

Queen SJM blessing us again.πŸ”₯


I’m definitely hoping to read more than this sdfdsfgdfds I can already tell my heart’s going to break even more this month with some of these books…ahhh how fun pain is.🀑

Also, I know I’ve been posting less than usual — know that it’s because of school ughh the new quad has just started and already my teacher’s are torturing with so many assignments * sobs * don’t they understand that I want to read?? smh these monsters.

So if you see drop off the face of earth know that it’s because of school or I got lazy

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𝕃𝕖π•₯ π•žπ•– π•œπ•Ÿπ• π•¨ 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!πŸ’•