Well, this month definitely did not go the way I planned it to.
School got in the way and I was barely active😭 I was mentally drained from all that was happening that I just didn’t have the energy to write any blog posts. I think April will be better though (or at least I hope so). I have many reviews to post especially hehe
Although, despite me posting very little, March was the most I’ve ever read so far. how does that work? I have no idea I managed to read 8 books!! Honestly compared to how these last few months have been, I’m proud of that😂 I could’ve read more if it weren’t for a certain book * cough * Crooked Kingdom * cough * taking me 2 weeks to finish. But other than the last half of March, I had a good reading month😌
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Avery is literally the luckiest girl alive. I’ll never stop being jealous of her and the billions of dollars she now owns. If you’re looking for something fun to read, totally recommend!!
I was preparing myself for disappointment because I didn’t enjoy the series before this, Vortex Visions, as much as I did for Air Awakens, the original series. But surprisingly I really liked this!!! ahh I can’t wait for the next book.
Here comes an unpopular opinion, but I despised this book. It took me weeks to finish and it was literally torture forcing my way through this book.😭 I thought CK would be better than SoC, but somehow it was worse💀 In the end, I only liked Jesper and Wylan.
My average rating this month was 4.0!! And as for my favourites… that’s actually so hard to choose considering how much books I loved during the first half of March ahhh I’ll probably go with Heir of Fire, The Burning God, and Dark Tempest.
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.
“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)
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.
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.✌
“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–
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
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.🛑)
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 ❤
“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)
“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.