“You want to make your life easier? Then be the caged bird that you are and sing.”
For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything.
Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.
At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip.
Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is.
The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, wiping out Seventh Kingdom in the process. Rip has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all.
When he turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason.
I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them?
This is the captivating second book of The Plated Prisoner series. It’s an adult epic fantasy story blending romance, intrigue, and beautiful imagery. Return to the seductive story of magic inspired by the myth of King Midas, and get caught up in the world of Orea.
Please note: There is explicit language and romance in this book, not suitable for those under the age of 18.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
“Sometimes things need first to be ruined in order to then be remade.”
After how the first book was, I so wasn’t expecting to love this so much?? And unlike Gild, this didn’t leave me feeling super uncomfortable and disturbed. I definitely enjoyed this a lot more.
And bonus! There was barely any Midas, so that was fun ❤
“There’s safety in loneliness, but there’s a lurking danger too. One that doesn’t come from anything other than yourself.”
Let me just start off by saying how much I loved the found family in thus just chef’s kiss it was so precious. I adored the new characters introduced and their interactions with Auren. Judd, Lu, Osrik, Keg, Rip—I need more of them please and thank you.
“Are people so content in ignorance that they’ll believe every lie fed to them, despite what they right in front of their eyes?”
The growth Auren went through from the beginning to the end was amazing. Although some realizations took awhile—of course I got where she was coming from😭 the frustration I felt… but when she finally opened her eyes, I so loved that moment. I’m excited to see her character develop even more from here on out and hopefully watch her deliver some pain towards cough certain bastards 🙂
“I hope you burn so bright that you scorch your Golden King down to ash.”
Commander Rip(yes, his name’s actually Rip💀 the way i wheezed bahaha was actually so sweet and how he pushed Auren to realize certain things about a certain person🥺 And just Rip challenging Auren and what she so strongly believed in before. He played such a huge impact on her and not in a jerk-ish way.
The slow burn was absolute torturee. There was barely any romance in this honestly like it wasn’t a huge focus, which I’m totally fine with since all this sets it up for the next book anyways. I need more Aurip content for sure.
I can see now as to why this is for fans of JLA and SJM. I got A Court of Mist and Fury and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire vibes from this. ACOMAF with there being that one character who makes the mc realize some things & helps them with their trauma. AKOFAF with the traveling between places except it not taking 600 pages for that to happen. There are probably other similarities but my brain’s not working right now so whoops ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Overall, I loved this wayyy more than Gild obviously like the new friendships, banter, and character development was just so good. The reason this didn’t get 5 stars though is because the Malina chapters were boring and I could care less about her💀
Oh but my biggest complaint is that the bastard didn’t die 😦
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
It’s been weeks since I finished reading HoF and I’ve been trying to write a review for it but I just couldn’t. I struggled. And I kept wondering why? Why was it so hard for me to write a review for this?
It was heartbreaking, yes, but The Burning God was even more heartbreaking and we don’t talk about that yet I was able to write a review for that. HoF wasn’t a terrible book either, so it shouldn’t have been difficult for me to write down my thoughts.
But then I realized why… it was really simple honestly.
I didn’t know what to say.
Heir of Fire was beautiful. So beautiful that deep down I knew that no matter what I said, it wouldn’t be enough to show my love for this book.
This is a journey of grief. Of pain, love, friendship, and finding your way back up to the surface after being buried deep inside a bottomless pit.
Celaena has been through a lot and it hurts knowing that this is only just the beginning of more pain and suffering. But no matter what, as long as there’s light in this world of darkness, there is hope.
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“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
Death has once again made an appearance in Celaena’s life. After a shocking turn of events, Celaena has left Adarlan and journeyed to Wendlyn on a mission to uncover truths that have been hidden for too long. Secrets will be revealed, new forces will awaken, and… Celaena will have to face her past.
Fireheart—why do you cry?
“Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”
The amount of times I wanted to cry watching Celaena struggle with her grief and trauma. It was heartbreaking as always. She was filled with so much regret and guilt, going as far as saying that she didn’t deserve to live–my heart * sobs * But in the face of all of this, even when she wanted to give up–there was always something stopping her. Or more like a certain someone among other things👀
And of course, there were new characters who played a role in her healing.
“I claim you, Aelin. To whatever end.”
Rowan Whitethorn–I can see why a lot may have hated this book and him so much. I despised Rowan. The way he treated Celaena in the beginning was absolutely despicable and the things he said….* rage *
But that’s what makes the development between the two so amazing. They went from “i-want-to-murder-you-and-make-you-wish-you-were-never-born” to “i-want-to-murder-you-with-love-and-annoy-the-hell-out-of-you.” Isn’t that such amazing development?? Ah, but of course it’s platonic love.
Woah, wait. I just realized that this is the first (and probably only) SJM book that didn’t have the female main character with a love interest??? ohmygod I am shook. ofc that’ll change in the next book but sdfsdsdfs
Anyways, I don’t really love Rowan. I like him, but not love. Maybe that will change when I re-read Queen of Shadows though. The scene at the end was definitely so sweet.🥺
“You do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”
Dorian calling out Chaol was probably one of the best scenes when it came to their povs. I didn’t really enjoy Dorian or Chaol’s povs. I mean, I also didn’t enjoy Manon’s pov either ahaha although that’s no surprise (hence the 0.5 star being taken off). I was really only looking forward to Celaena’s chapters. thats no surprise either
Dorian’s a cinnamon roll and cinnamon rolls do not deserve to suffer * sobs *
Chaol was… Chaol. Struggling with all the change that’s happening and to say he doesn’t like this change is an understatement.
Sorscha was just there. Like I admire her and the way she was there for Dorian–because of that, I like her.
Manon was boring. I skimmed some of her chapters in the beginning because honestly I could care less. Although, I did actually like her chapters more towards the end.
Aedion’s loyalty to his queen is amazing. All this time thinking she was dead to find out she’s not and that ending-
It’s always the last few pages when everything goes to hell🙂
“She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius—and she would not be afraid.”
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
SJM keeps breaking my heart over and over again and I keep coming back every. single. time.
I have a very toxic relationship with her books.
But I will never stop coming back to them, because stopping is like telling me to stop breathing. Does that sound dramatic? Because I’m dead serious. The day I stop reading Sarah’s books is when you know my angelic spirit has fallen and I’ve been possessed by one of those devils. cough you know who you are cough
And every time I finish one of her books, I feel like I’m overflowing with love. There’s so much happiness, heartbreak, and then excruciating pain as I realize that I have to wait a millennium for the next book. Oh, and the slump that comes afterwards💀
Curse all of you who told me to read this right now. Each and every one of you are devils.
I know some people found the beginning to be slow, but I actually didn’t have any problems with it. I found it perfect, learning about the world and the characters was beautiful. I wasn’t bored for one second and it literally makes me so happy because I was scared this wouldn’t meet my expectations. Shame on me for doubting this queen.
And don’t even get me started on the ending of this masterpiece. I did not see any of that coming (view spoiler)[except I had a feeling Bryce would have some special power and she did, which I totally don’t mind because SHE MADE THE DROP AND IS STRONGER THAN THE AUTUMN KING AHAHAHAHA (hide spoiler)] I was literally sobbing so much. What is it with the ending always destroying me??? It was so beautiful and heartbreaking, I swear.
“That’s the point of it, Bryce. Of life. To live, to love, knowing that it might all vanish tomorrow. It makes everything that much more precious.”
I’ve loved every one of SJM’s female protagonists, but ohmygod Bryce Quinlan totally beats them all. She literally leaves me in awe. The way she loves so much, and would live life to its fullest—that is until the death of her friends, Danika Fendyr and The Pack of Devilssobbing From there, she’s an empty shell of her former self.
And the thing is that we barely knew Danika and the others we were even warned smh yet it was still heartbreaking when they were murdered and watching Bryce in so much pain just broke me. Leave it to Sarah to be able to destroy my soul for characters that only appeared in the first 100 pages. Danika and Bryce’s friendship was so beautiful I could cry for eternity and still never recover from what happened. Bryce, my queen.🥺
Even heartbroken, she tried so hard to make it seem like she’s okay so that those around her wouldn’t worry, putting on the image of the classic party girl who doesn’t give a care in the world, meanwhile she’s slowly breaking more and more on the inside—
Okay, but the way Bryce is bold enough to snap selfies right in front of the Archangel, Sandriel, and can literally make the Umbra Mortis feel like he’s three inches tall is actually just too good.
The Umbra Mortis looked pissed, his arms crossed and wings flaring slightly, but Bryce just breezed past him without so much as a glance. Causing Athalar to slowly turn, arms slackening at his sides, as if such a thing had never happened in his long, miserable life.
I seriously could go on forever with the amount of times Hunt was so pissed by Bryce, especially in the beginning ahaha omg.
“Bryce was a ghost for a long while, Hunt. She pretended she wasn’t, but she was.” The helicopter finally pulled into the air. “You brought her back to life.”
From the moment Hunt Athalar looked Bryce right in the eye and told her to “calm the fuck down,” I knew I’d love him. I mean, who wouldn’t???
I can definitely see similarities between Hunt and all of Sarah’s other male love interests but you know what? Hunt is a thousand times better than Rowan and Rhysand. I love the way he challenges Bryce and tries to care for her, while at the same time not being super overprotective cough unlike some people, although there is still the 2nd book for him to act like that hopefully not He’s the typical tall, dark and brooding guy who has a tragic backstory—just like Rowan (altho he has white hair but you get what I mean) and Rhysand, yet somehow I actually love him way more than both.
Bryce’s relationship with Hunt is most definitely superior to all of Sarah’s other series’ relationships involving the main characters. Like the banter?? The openness of it?? The heartwarming scenes??? Perfection. I could literally compile all of their convos into a whole book and never get tired of reading them. Their interactions were pure gold.
“You’re my friend. Who watches trashy TV with me and puts up with my shit. You’re the person I don’t need to explain myself to—not when it matters. You see everything I am, and you don’t run away from it.”
Also, just… the shower scene sobbing it was so beautiful and heartbreaking and that’s all I need to say.
“The only thing I want to be called right now is your brother.” He added softly, “If you’ll have me.”
I literally love almost every character in this book, but of all of them, Ruhn Danaan is just everything. He’s such a cinnamon roll. So sweet and trying so hard to be there for Bryce after their falling out years before. That scene at the end had me crying so much. I love you, Ruhn.
Okay, but even though Ruhn is everything, I would marry Declan Emmet. Declan is my favourite i know, how could i possibly have chosen a favourite?? He’s who I’ve fallen in love with. Why you ask? This guy is a computer geek, master hacker, tech god (thinking abt a certain scene iykyk) and I love that. Plus he’s charming, gorgeous and super sweet?? I’ve fallen so hard for Declan, it’s not even funny🤚
Also being with Declan would mean I could be friends with Ruhn and Flynn🥺 I love the trio omg
Seriously though, can I have a Declan?? I’ve found a new book boyfriend omg😭 Oh also I want Tharion, too. Knowing that there’s going to be 200% more Tharion in CC2 makes my heart happy sdfsfs there can never be enough Tharion.
“Bryce, this is Tharion Ketos.” She stepped closer to the concrete edge of the quay. “An old friend.”
Tharion grinned at Hunt again. “Not as old as you.”
Bryce gave the male a half smile. “Nice to meet you.”
Tharion’s light brown eyes glittered. “The pleasure, Bryce, is all mine.”
Tharion is such a a flirt and I love it. I need more Tharion Ketos <33
AND THEN AIDAS. omg do you know how much it killed me after seeing how much the fandom loved him and then me finding out that he only appears once??? what. the. hell. So not fair😭 yet with that one appearance, I already love him. Not as much as Tharion, Ruhn, and Declan of course, but still ahhh he’s such an interesting demon kitty. And I love demon kitties.
🛑MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW🛑
I actually thought something was wrong with me when I had a hundred pages left, and I still hadn’t cried at all . Like there were some emotional scenes and I got teary-eyed, but no actual sob-fest. And especially after hearing from literally everyone I know that CC destroyed them, I was so confused?? nervous laughter little did I know that those last hundred pages would indeed break me.
“We were supposed to do this together. We were supposed to live out our lives together”
Danika being there for Bryce while she made the Drop ohmygod I was sobbing. The “Light it up” scene—I swear I wanted to die. And it was also 2am in the morning when I was reading this sooo💀
Also I’ll never forget how shocked everyone, but especially Sandriel, was when Bryce just casually vacuumed up the ashes of Micah. Best scene by far. Along with Hunt ripping off Sandriel’s head, of course.😌
Then Lele sacrificing herself in order to give Bryce enough time to be able to kill Micah- THAT ONE LINE. I SEE WHAT YOU DID SARAH😭😭 “My friends are with me and I am not afraid“the exact line is I will not be afraid sdfdsfs but close enough sobs Sam
Okay and finding out that Bryce was so close to jumping at one point after Danika’s death ohmygod that hurt so much and Juniper being there for Bryce before she did–I can’t deal with all of that😭
I keep saying certain scenes are my favourite BUT THIS SERIOUSLY IS MY FAVOURITE TOO. Declan, aka the love of my life, hacking into all the cameras & calls and livestreaming everything was amazing omg. Micah being exposed was the best part–or wait, everyone hearing Ember Quinlan act all smug towards the Autumn King, while he raged might’ve been the best. hmmm the struggles ahhh everything was perfect ohmygod I love you Declan.
OMG and the part where Bryce wrote back to Connor after having the thread saved for 2 years.😭😭 And Bryce seeing the pack towards the end omg omg I’m going to start crying again.
Bryce’s eyes stung as she smiled softly, then read through Connor’s last words to her.
“Message me when you’re home safe.”
Bryce began typing. The answer it had taken her two years, nearly to the day, to write.
There was one scene where I probably shouldn’t have been laughing and instead crying, but I couldn’t help it. Hunt trying to bring Bryce back to life and what he said-
“I heard what you said.” Pump, pump, pump went his powerful arms. “What you waited to admit until I was almost dead, you fucking coward.” His lightening surged into her, sending her body arcing off the ground as he tried to jump-start her heart. He snarled in her ear, “Now come say it to my face.”
I love these two so much ohmygod I’m not going to bother saying that I hope they’re endgame, because I know they are. There’s no way after everything that’s happened that Sarah would just ruin all of that in the next book, especially because Hunt and Bryce’s relationship is like Rowaelin and Feysand. Both accepted everything about the other and didn’t shy away from it. The only reason I could imagine that they wouldn’t be endgame is if Sarah kills off Hunt-
yea no, forget I even said that. Sarah wouldn’t dare🙂🔪🔪🔪
🛑SPOILERS HAVE ENDED🛑
So as you can tell, Sarah has once again destroyed me beyond recognition and I honestly think I’m going to slowly wither away waiting for CC2. At least let there be a release date. PLEASE??? sobbing I’m not joking when I said I curse all of you. I’ll have my revenge one day 🙂
Now you see, usually I’m all for recommending masterpieces, but for this…hell no.
If you value your sanity, then you will not read HOEAB right now. If you value your sanity, you’ll wait until there’s at least a release date for CC2. If you value your sanity, you’ll wait until CC2 itself is released.
But if you have no self-control and/or think sanity is overrated like me, then go on ahead. I wish you all the luck in the world because you’ll soon regret that decision.
“Through love, all is possible.”
Will my love for Declan Emmet have the release date for CC2 be revealed faster???
honorable mention: thank you krizzie, el, and mashie for listening to my screaming, fangirling, and terrible theories!! I still curse you three the most tho <33 ik, what an honor
I’m honestly so happy it’s April because April means finally the end of the semester and Spring break🥺 Oh, how I’ve missed freedom. A very brief taste of freedom at the very least.
Also, a book I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for is finally being released ahhh and I’m finally going to read books I’ve been meaning to read for awhile hehe. And then there are lots of buddy reads me and my friends have planned omg I’m so excited!! So many books sdfsds I’m going to make April the month with the most read books😤
Yes, it’s finally happening!! At long last, I’m reading House of Earth and Blood and ohmygod I already know I’m going to regret reading it right now BECAUSE THERE’S STILL NO RELEASE DATE FOR BOOK 2😭 Oh the pain, but I’m loving so much rn🥺 Athie and Bryce are everything.
This is so shaping up to be my favourite SJM book ever.
I’ve realized that I should probably stop procrastinating on reading my ARCs, so here I am. It’s said to be a reversed Beauty & the Beast retelling so I’m super excited to see how that plays out!!
It’s finally time. Time to re-read and to get ready for The Crown of Gilded Bones which coming out on the 20th AHHH IM SO EXCITED. omg I read FBAA back when it came out and fell in love with the story. Although recently I’ve seen so many mixed opinions and read a lot more reviews, so now I wonder how I’ll feel about this book 2nd time around🧐
Of course, another re-read of this😌 I’m definitely hoping I can get through both books before TCOGB comes out!!
I’m actually just so so scared of this book. Some people have gotten ARCS (so lucky ahh!!) and the reactions I’ve seen over the ending I-
I’m terrified😭 I can already tell the wait for book 4 is literally going to kill me. rip me
Also, I love that cover so much
Finally reaching the end of this buddy re-read and I’m so sad🥺🥺 I don’t want to part with Emi, Shiro, and Yumei * cries *
I’ve literally seen so much love for Skyward and I’m so happy that I’m finally reading it. I loved Sanderson’s Mistborn series so honestly, I have no doubt I’ll fall in love with this too. I’ve also been threatened that I’d be killed if I didn’t like this🙃
First of all, that cover is creepily amazing. A dear friend of mine loves this series and I’m going to be (again) buddy reading this book with other friends im committing myself to a lot of buddy reads hehe I’ve been warned that this series is going to destroy me, so that’s fun!!🙂🔫
And the ToG buddy read marathon continues!! As of now, Heir of Fire is my favourite, but let’s see if Queen of Shadows ends up beating that👀 I can’t wait to see more of my queen Aelin! ALSO ELIDE. I NEED TO BE REUNITED WITH ELIDE LOCHAN🥺 and Lorcan
I’m counting on myself to read all of this. All I just need to do is survive this week and I’ll be free of school and relax during Spring break. Ah, I’m also definitely going to try being more active in blogging and make up for March. I hope April goes by as slow as possible🤞
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 weeks— 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 heart—
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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🛑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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🛑SPOILER part of the review below. Do not go past this if you haven’t read ACOSF.🛑
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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 gurls🥺 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 AzrielxGwyn🙏
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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?
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 look—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.🥺😭
(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.🤷♀️ 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 Azzy🥺 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 something👀 I stan Gwynriel
“I am the rock against which the surf crashes.”
“Nothing 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 truth🥺 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.😃✌
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.🥺 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.
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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“The 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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“Why 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-
“Then 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.😃🔫
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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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“There 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. 🛑There will be SPOILERS from this book🛑
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.
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 Ashswoooon
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.
“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
“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.
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.
Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.
Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.
This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
“So long as you’re begging,” he says.
YES I’m begging for more because THAT WAS TOO SHORT😭😭😭
This book was both everything and nothing at the same time. Everything because um it’s Cardan Greenbriar???🥰
roses are red violets are blue he gave away his heart and it got broken into two
wow i came up with that all by myself. i’m such a poet.
ToG fans you know who I’m talking about.
SJM destroying our ships like the queen she is🔥
The fool who once shipped those two so much has learned her lesson.
SO DONT BE LIKE THIS FOOL
(Oh Hisoka . . .)
I can’t believe that it’s been almost 3 years since I last read Throne of Glass and wow, did I forget a lot.And I called myself a ToG fan smh
Ahhh but I’m so happy I read The Assassin’s Blade because it made reading ToG so much more PAINFUL ENJOYABLE than the first time I read it!😭😍
Like I actually understood all the TAB references and it just felt so painful nice. I wasn’t a clueless buffoon who didn’t know about the 200 hundred slaves Celaena freed, why she didn’t trust having female friends, Arobynn being the bastard he is, and all the mentions of . . . sobsSam Cortland.
“She hoped Elena wouldn’t speak of what her heart refused to remember, hoped that the queen wouldn’t mention what she had spent so long forgetting.”
Celaena Sardothien—aka Adarlan’s Assassin just wow this girl is amazing and I love her. I mean I loved Celaena before, but after reading TAB, I could totally understand her so much more.🥺
All the loss, pain, and events she had to deal with at such a young age . . . damn, how does Sarah create such cool characters??? I seriously cannot think of one thing to hate about her. She’s definitely not perfect, but I still love this girl so much.😭
Plus the character development that’s coming in the next few books AHHH I’M SO READY haha except of course for what’s gonna trigger those developments * cries *
“He was done with politics and intrigue. He loved her, and no empire, no king, and no earthly fear would keep him from her. No, if they tried to take her from him, he’d rip the world apart with his bare hands. And for some reason, that didn’t terrify him.”
Now our soft boi Dorian Havilliard —aka the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Nothing’s changed except that I like him more than before. This bookworm and puppy lover . . . how could anyone not like him??? don’t hate the puppy lover
The moments between him and Celaena were so sweet and hilarious gahhhh I shall miss those moments when all is not quite as peaceful as they were then.😢
“No fair maiden should die alone,” he said, putting a hand on hers. “Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?”
She snatched her hand back. “How about the story of the idiotic prince who won’t leave the assassin alone?”
“Oh! I love that story! It has such a happy ending, too—why, the assassin was really feigning her illness in order to get the prince’s attention! Who would have guessed it? Such a clever girl. And the bedroom scene is so lovely—it’s worth reading through all of their ceaseless banter!”
“Out! Out! Out! Leave me be and go womanize someone else!” She grabbed a book and chucked it at him.
“With each day he felt the barriers melting. He let them melt. Because of her genuine laugh, because he caught her one afternoon sleeping with her face in the middle of a book, because he knew that she would win.”
Awwww🥺 Chaol Westfall—aka Adarlanian Captain of the Royal Guard. I must say that I’ve forgotten how much I loved Chaol before everything else happened. The broody, scowling, guard we all knew and loved. or i mean…maybe I’ll love him again this time around…?
I lived for those scenes where Celaena and Chaol would be bickering.😂 Now let’s see if CoM will renew my hatred for him hehe xD
Honestly, what I loved most was that even though this was a re-read, it felt more like I was reading ToG for the first time bc it’s been so long and that’s what makes this so much better.
That feeling when you’re reading a book for the first time…I LOVE IT🥰
I seriously didn’t remember who the culprit was for the killings until it was revealed. I suspected almost everyone because I truly didn’t know even tho it rlly was obvious smh
I love this feeling. Makes me really excited to re-read the rest of this series! Ahhhhh so can’t wait to have my heart destroyed again😃
(On a side note . . . I just realized how tiring it’s gonna be writing a review for each book. yay)
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
Ahahhaaa this is quite late compared to when I usually post, but unfortunately, yesterday night my internet decided to betray me and stop working, sooo here I am now! Better late then never I suppose.
Also, do any of you guys find Goodreads a HUGE distraction when you’re (trying) studying, or is it just me?!?! Every time I look at my notes/do practice questions, I always end up finding myself scrolling through Goodreads and then when I look at the time HOURS have passed!!!😬
Not good……not good at all. I don’t know how to make myself stop though.😅
Anyways, I think I mightbe able to read more this month than last month….? I mean, after November 11th, it’ll be a new semester, so maybe (depending on what classes I get altho knowing my luck I’ll get the worst matchup) I won’t get as much work…..?
Ahhh I really hope next semester won’t be as busy especially since I STILL NEED TO READ 24 MORE BOOKS TO GET TO MY READING CHALLENGE!!! Past-Me was very stupid choosing a goal of 150, because now Present-Me has to suffer with.😥 It’s not too late though!
I shan’t change my goal until the very end.🔥
Now here’s what I’m hoping to read in November and maybe this time, I ‘ll actually read most of them haha.
I’ve decided to reread the first 2 books in the Origin series before I go to The Brightest Night which just recently came out. HA and remember when I talked about how much I hated the cover for it? (cuz I mean, it is pretty bad compared to the last two) Or maybe you don’t remember, but get this—I ended up buying the hardcover. Now why would I do that when I clearly didn’t like the cover change?
Well it was because when I found that ALL FIRST PRINTS were signed by the author (JLA HERSELF!!) Oh yeah I just had to buy it!!!! MY FIRST SIGNED BOOK BY JLA (and in general) ASDFGHJKL I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!!😍😭🤧 I’m just so happy.🥺
Aghhhh so many new releases this month!!! A Deal With the Elf Kingby Elise Kova is definitely a book I can’t wait to read!!! I LOVE her Air Awakens series, so I have no doubt that I’ll love this too!😍 (and it’s also enemies to lovers soooo😏)
And I admit that I’ve only ever read one of Natalia Jaster’s books and that was Trick. Poet was def swoon-worthy and so I can’t wait to read her new series Kiss the Fae! I mean, it’s enemies-to-lovers with Fae involved—the perfect combo.👌✨
Speaking of Fae……IT FEELS LIKE IT’S BEEN CENTURIES OF WAITING BUT FINALLY!!! CARDAN’S NOVELLA IS HEEREEEE😍😍😍 asdfghjkl I can’t wait to read from Cardan’s POV in How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories!!! I love Holly Black, and seeing this come to life—I love her even more.🥺
Oop I think I’ve talked a little too much haha.😆 Well, I’m going to keep my TBR small this time, in case I end up not having enough time.
Although by my calculations altho it’s not really any calculations, if I want to finish my reading challenge I should probably read more than 6 books this month, otherwise I’ll be having to reading 18 books in December……..yeah that doesn’t sound easy unless I switch over to mangas/comics muahhahahaha😈