Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2) by Brandon Sanderson | Review

Words of Radiance, Book Two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.

Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status “darkeyes.” Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

The Assassin, Szeth, is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Another masterpiece by the King of High Fantasy😌


I finished this faster than I did for The Way of Kings and I didn’t even think that was possible. So me finishing this 1087 page book in 2 days should definitely tell you something about my love for Words of Radiance.

“All stories told have been told before. We tell them to ourselves, as did all men who ever were. And all men who ever will be. The only things new are the names.”

While The Way of Kings was basically Kaladin’s book, Words of Radiance was most certainly Shallan’s and I also didn’t even think it was possible to love her more than I already do, but it was.

Reading about Shallan’s past and the secrets she’s kept—omg it’s all so suffocating. In WoR, we see the lies Shallan tells to herself and others… these lies she will eventually have to confront if she has any hope in moving forward.

There’s so much darkness in Shallan’s life and seeing how broken she is, yet still being able to smile so brightly and find some happiness… I’m sorry, can you hear my heart breaking?? Shallan, my beautiful broken girl, I love you.😭 Please don’t lock away all this pain and let it consume you.

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🛑minor spoilers below🛑

“I seek the truth,” Shallan said. “Wherever it may be, whoever may hold it. That’s who I am.”

Okay, but Shallan playing spy and infiltrating the Ghostbloods was something I never knew I needed in my life.🥺

Is it weird to say that I actually really love like the Ghostbloods?? Like they’re pretty cool. I actually think I have a villain crush on Mraize although, is he really a villain? Their motives are still not clear and they don’t seem to be really that evil so not a villain in my eyes yet. Honestly, majority of the antagonists here aren’t really evil, it’s not black and white, it’s grey. For the most part their goals are understandable, it’s just the way they go about it being quite concerning. It’s more that they lack morality, but anyways I love how Sanderson does this and while I still do hate some of these people, I can understand some of the actions they take.

“The truth destroys more people than it saves.”

I’m literally OBSESSED with the Ghostbloods. It’s really concerning??? I pray for more of them. I NEED more of them. One of the higlights of this book was Shallan’s interactions with the Ghostbloods and omg I loved that. Mraize was said to be rarely impressed by anything but was impressed by what Shallan could do??🥺 Curse my love for this group.

I hate Sanderson for putting a thought into my head, when I know it’s highly unlikely that it’ll happen sobs I can’t stop imagining how amazing it would be if Shallan actually joined the Ghostbloods and found her own Bridge Four?? I barely know anything about these people—literally at the most only 100 pages out of 1087 did these guys appear—and their motives, but I just find them so cool😭 This super mysterious organization that is also very protective of one another and Also, even their group name sounds epic?? The ✨Ghostbloods✨

Anyways, I’d love it if something like Shallan joining their ranks were to magically happen, but I know it won’t 😦 wow, this really became a Ghostblood fangirling session

“What separates the heroes from the villains? One speech in the night.”

Surprisingly, Dalinar actually really annoyed me in this. I understood the situation he was in and the reasons behind some things, but at the same time it pissed me off the way he’d ignore and treat Kaladin’s claims of a certain bastard.

“I believe an apology is due.”

↪ THAT will forever be one of my favourite scenes omg. if you know, you know👀

“That was why he’d come back. It was about Tien, it was about Dalinar, and it was about what was right—but most of all, it was about protecting people. This was the man he wanted to be.”

Kaladin is as amazing and heartbreaking as ever. Even after saving Bridge Four, he is still not at peace with everything that’s happened to him and that’s definitely understandable sobs There’s still a deep burning hatred and vengeance floating in his mind totally don’t blame him for having I’m honestly surprised at the amount of restraint he had in certain situations… I could never.

Kaladin’s character development is spectacular and I can so tell that this is only the beginning of it. He still suffers with depression and trauma from these last few years and throughout the book, he goes through so many challenges…it’s amazing. He makes mistakes, but he learns. His growth in WoR is one of my favourite parts here and omg his interactions with Shallan and Adolin were golden.

“He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken.

Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway.

It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life.”

The chasm scene was so, so precious. I actually started crying, my heartt-

“Kaladin frowned. “Wait. Are you wearing cologne? In prison?”

“Well, there was no need to be barbaric, just because I was incarcerated.”

“Storms, you’re spoiled,” Kaladin said, smiling.

“I’m refined, you insolent farmer,” Adolin said. Then he grinned. “Besides, I’ll have you know that I had to use cold water for my baths while here.”

“Poor boy.”

Then the prison scene ohmygod my heart was so happy😭 I love Adolin and Kaladin’s growing friendship so much. And that one scene where they fought together omg sdfgdfdgds it was amazing

“Honor is dead.”

Speaking of Adolin, that brings me to my OTP—Shallan and Adolin.🥺 Look at these two and tell me they aren’t just one of the most adorable ships ever created???

I was living for their scenes. Like I literally had this ridiculous, goofy smile on my face every time those two interacted with each other. And the amount of times I reread those scenes… oh god why are they so cute??

Adolin believing that Shallan had come to the fighting grounds to watch him train, but being totally wrong and looking like a fool in front of Kaladin??? Perfection.

Shallan asking the most random questions—one of them being how do the Shardbearers, specifically Adolin, use the bathroom in their Shardbearers in the middle of long battles?? Adolin’s response omg I was wheezing.😭🤚

And then there was Adolin’s shocked face when Shallan kissed his cheek🥺 (Alethi are more reserved when it comes to showing affection bahaha) SO CUTE, I CAN’T. I’m so hyped for their future scenes omg and now I’m terrified that Sanderson will do something to them sobs please, no.

ALSO WIT OMG WIT, I LOVE YOU. Dare I say that he’s my favourite character despite his minimal appearances??? His scenes are always so good omg one of my favourites:

Kaladin prepared to swing up into the seat beside the carriage driver, then stopped.
“You!” he said, pointing at the driver.
“Me!” the King’s Wit replied from where he sat holding the reins.



Adolin climbed out to await her, straightening his jacket, polishing the buttons on one sleeve. He glanced up towards the driver’s seat, then started.
“You!” Adolin exclaimed.
“Me!” Wit replied. He swung down from the top of the carriage and performed a flowery bow.



She suddenly started, eyes widening. She pointed at Wit with her freehand.
“You!” Shallan exclaimed.
“Yes, yes. People certainly are very good at identifying me today. Perhaps I need to wear—”

I can’t stop laughing ohmygod why is Wit so amazing?? I NEED MORE WIT.

“Try not to flirt with the girl,” Wit whispered. “Young Adolin seems to be growing possessive. Or…what am I saying? Flirt with the girl, Kaladin. It might make the prince’s eyes bulge.”

I’d say Wit “please marry me” but I’m sure if I was in his presence for even 5 seconds, I’d want to kill him so I’ll just stay over here and laugh at him making fun of the others😌

Anyways, it seems that even though I was preparing to love this, there was still so much I wasn’t expecting like falling in love with the Ghostbloods But anyways, I’m officially obsessed with this seriesand the Ghostbloods and this obsession scares me because I know once I catch up to the series, I’m going to have one of the worst book hangovers ever.

ahh I can’t wait for Oathbringer to destroy me and my poor heart✌

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Reviews:
The Way of Kings:: ★★★★★
Words of Radiance: ★★★★★

Greek Mythology Book Tag (And I’m back!!)

***(Fanart of Percy used above is by Space Dementia)


Bonjour my fellow bookworms!✨ I know that I disappeared out of the blue for quite awhile but I’m back now after a long break! And to start off, I’m finally doing one of my tags hehe

Yes I know how ridiculously late this is, but I mean better late than never…? * nervous laughter * Maybe I’ll finally be able to catch up with all my other tags doubtful hopefully. And what better time to do this then 2 days after Percy’s birthday?🔱

Anyways, sorry for being so late and thank you May @ Dreamer of Books and Coffee for tagging me!! Truly honoured and I had so much fun putting in my answers😌 and now i feel like rereading pjo omg

Now on to the tag!


Oh yes, the cursed question bookworms fear—the “favourite book.” Like how can you even choose just one book??? The day I’m able to is the day hell freezes over, but until then I’m going to choose one of my favs of this year and that’s House of Earth and Blood. So many of my friends were telling me that I’d love HOEAB and that’s just what happened.🥰

Once upon a time, I would’ve right away said Clockwork Princess, but now… oh now The Burning God easily steals the spot. If you know, you know😭😭 That ending gave me all the feels, more specifically it destroyed what was left of my heart and even months later I still haven’t recovered. I want to say that I’d sob to my heart’s content, but I’ll never be okay. And it’s all thanks to Rebecca Kuang😘

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What automatically came to mind was The Box in the Woods aka the 4th book in the Truly Devious series. Definitely the most creepiest out of the books published so far in that series😰 Imagine going camping only to find dead bodies all around and soon after be the target of the killer-

Tara Spruit Art — Adolin and Shallan as the Lovers card for my...

OMG LITERALLY I SCREAMED WHEN I SAW THIS BECAUSE I AUTOMATICALLY KNEW OF THE PERFECT COUPLE. First of all though, there are way too many cute fictional couples to pick and a long time ago I would’ve definitely struggled. However, recently I’ve found a new OTP that I’d die for🥺 Adolin and Shallan are just so adorable and precious. Like that fanart above?? How does that not scream cute?? Looking at them makes me want to cry because I just love them so so much. Oh, and these two characters are from The Stormlight Archives, so this is another reminder to ADD THIS SERIES TO YOUR TBR.

Uh oh… not me putting another Sanderson book-

Okay but seriously, Sanderson really does have the best worldbuilding I’ve ever seen in any other book. His best yet (imo) is once again in The Stormlight Archives. It’s really just beyond amazing, it always just blows my mind away like how does this guy do it??

This is very cruel. I’ve honestly contemplated creating a shelf on Goodreads for gorgeous covers because omg a lot of them are just so beautiful I can’t stop staring🥺🥺 One of my favourite covers this year is the one for Chain of Iron. Lucie being on the cover made me so happy and she’s so beautiful it hurts🤧 I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE CHAIN OF THORNS COVER REVEAL🔥🔥 * manifesting James Herondale on the cover *

R.F. Kuang's Epic Poppy War Series Is Headed to Television | Tor.com

AHAHAHAHA * laughs in pain * there’s no doubt about it that the whole The Poppy War trilogy is literally the most violent series I have ever read in my entire life and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon💀 I love it so much but oh the pain I went through reading the series. Thinking about it now makes me want to curl up and die😭

The one and only Jude Duarte aka the love of my life from The Folk of the Air trilogy🥺💞 Of course she’d be one of my favourite femme fatales mehehe her boldness and cunning ways – I love her so much <33

Skyward : Sanderson, Brandon: Amazon.ca: Books

There have been so many books with such beautiful messages to the point where I’d be tearing up, especially when seeing the main character follow that message🥺 Most recently Skyward is what’s done that to me. It’s human nature to care about what others say about you to the point where even you start to believe them. And seeing the message to trust in what you think about yourself more than what others say was just ❤ because in the end, we know ourselves better than anyone else in the world.

Link to my review ~ Skyward Review

Another cruel one😭😭 I’m going with not one–but TWO scorching hot characters and that is my two loves the James Herondale and Cordelia Carstairs from The Last Hours series. I love them with my entire being AND NEED TO SEE THEIR HEA OR ELSE🔪 I could literally stare at this piece of fanart all day. Stan Jordelia forever🔥

Hana Khan Carries On was a totally relatable story and probably the most relatable up to date for me. The main character Hana is Muslim (like me), lives in Canada (like me), and has to deal with Islamophobia (also like me). It’s nice reading about a character who tries to fight back against Islamophobia but also face reality that it can’t be easily fixed just like in the real world here.

10 Iconic Shadowhunters Locations - Riveted

So you see, on one hand there are soooo many places I’d die to live in😍 but on the other… I’d quite literally die if I lived in any of those places as most of them would be in set in deadly fantasy worlds😂 But if I had to choose, 100% say the Shadowhunter world (specifically in London, England) BECAUSE UM JEM CARSTAIRS?? To be able to meet Jem face to face would be a dream come true🥺🥺

The Iron Sword (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #2)

TOO MANY. #1 on that list is most definitely Chain of Thorns along with my 2nd being House of Sky and Breath buut since both haven’t had their covers revealed yet, I’m going to go with one of my most anticipated 2022 releases that does have a cover and The Iron Sword it is! This is a spin-off series to one of my all-time favourite series in the world–The Iron Fey–and this book here is said to be in the POV of the love of my life AND first book boyfriend Ash!! I’m so so excited to read this and that cover so fits Ash, just gorgeous💙

Lacey @ Starlit Shelves

Amanda @ Bookish Brews

I’m All Booked Up

Lyra @ Defiantly Yours

Maddie @ Inking & Thinking

Birdie @ Birdie’s booktopia

Rania @ Rania’s Rambling Reads

Ritz @ Living, Loving and Reading

Susana @Susana Loves Books

Feel free to ignore this if you’ve already done this tag or are too busy!! hehe and if anyone else wants to do this tag, I’d love to see your answers!

The Immortal Game // Blog Tour & International Giveaway!! (& i have come back from the dead)

Bonjour! Yes, I’m still alive after having disappeared for almost a month. ✨Life happened✨ but I’m back now and here to host a blog tour stop for this amazing Greek Mythology YA fantasy novel, The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild & A. C. Harvey.

Thank you so much Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Now for the tour😌

Title: The Immortal Game
Authors: Talia Rothschild & A.C. Harvey
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 25th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


𝓢𝔂𝓷𝓸𝓹𝓼𝓲𝓼:

An exiled goddess goes on a quest to clear her name and save Mount Olympus in Talia Rothschild & A. C. Harvey’s action-packed young adult debut, The Immortal Game!

Galene, daughter of Poseidon, desperately wants to earn her place among the gods. But when a violent attack leaves Mount Olympus in chaos and ruins, she is accused of the crime. Banished from Olympus, Galene sets out to prove her innocence and discovers a more deadly plot—one that threatens even the oldest of Immortals.

Fortunately, she has allies who willingly join her in exile:

A lifelong friend who commands the wind.
A defiant warrior with deadly skill.
A fire-wielder with a hero’s heart.
A mastermind who plays life like a game.

All-out war is knocking at the gates. Galene and her friends are the only ones who can tip the scales toward justice, but their choices could save Olympus from total annihilation, or be the doom of them all.

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𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

My heart is filled with so much love and happiness for Kostas and Galene🥺

Also, I never imagined that I’d actually like the Olympians??? I shan’t ever get tired of Greek Mythology.

I am the daughter of Poseidon, God of Seas.
I will save my friends. I will clear my name.
I will tame the sea.

Here lies Mount Olympus—home of the Greek Gods where they live under rule of the Olympians in peace. Not all of the gods are immortal, though. Each of them must prove their worth to be able to gain immortality, this being done by taking the Immortality Trial. Pass and you are granted immortality—fail, and you must wait another 10 years before taking the test again.

Galene, daughter of Poseidon, has prepared all her life to prove her worth and loyalty, especially after the actions of her brother, Chrysander, years before. However, unfortunate incidents occur eventually leading up to a vicious attack on Mount Olympus that has everyone believing Galene to be the perpetrator. With this, comes her exile from Olympus and the journey amongst friends to uncover the truth and prove Galene’s innocence.

“I am worthy of being a deity.”

The story followed four POVs and I really liked how distinct their personalities were. Galene is my favourite of the four like she’s the quiet type of strong and her character was done spectacularly. And while at times her loyalty towards certain beings seemed foolish, I had to admire it a lot. Even being banished from Mount Olympus, she still felt loyal to the very gods who exiled her. Just wow. I would despise them and look forward to revenge. now what does that say about me?

Also, she’s the daughter of Poseidon??? One of my favourite Olympians ahh so how could I not love her?? Apollo will forever remain my #1 favourite

“Because I love you, and someone needed to stand up for you.”

Iyana, daughter of Zeus, cares so much for her friends, I adore her loyalty and love for Galene like its’ seriously just so sweet. Her stubbornness too when she’d be facing gods she knows are way stronger her like wow I could never. The way she feels like she’s useless, especially with the added pressure of being Zeus’s daughter yet not having much of his powers… its so sad watching her despair over this. There were moments where she’s annoy me but overall her character development was done really well.

Braxtos, the son of Apollo, was probably my least favourite of the gang. He annoyed me at times, but he also had his admirable moments. There wasn’t really anything that stood out about him. He was just there for me, I guess.

“Everything is a game.”

Kostas, the son of Hermes, is just perfect. First, I mean he’s the God of Games, so how cool is that??? And he’s always trying to lift the mood up when everyone’s acting all depressed, it’s so sweet omg. Also, the way Kostas is literally the only reasonable god among the group—I guess that’s what happens when you can read others’ emotions👀

Okay but Kostas and Galene?? my hearttt they’re so adorable omg I adore those two; I was literally shipping them so hard throughout the story. THEY’RE SO CUTE. The wholesome interactions and Kostas flirting with Galene- * screaming * * extreme fangirling * I’m in love.

So sad that this is a standalone because I won’t be seeing anymore sweet moments between the two 😭 There will never be enough Kostene (?) me attempting at a ship name scenes.

The other bond I loved here was the one between Iyana and Galene omg their friendship was so heartwarming ahhh and the one between Kostas and Braxtos?? * chef’s kiss * Kostas punching Braxtos will forever remain one of my favourite scenes. True friendship indeed.😌

I really should’ve been able to guess who the culprit was behind framing Galene for the incident at Mount Olympus but my brain really doesn’t like to work when the answer is so obvious smh.

Honestly, I still can’t believe the fatherly love I saw from some of the Olympians, especially from both Poseidon and Zeus towards their children like??? I mean, they were still jerks of course, but they were also actually so sweet🥺 Really suspicious if you ask me. I’m not used to this kindness hmmm. But I do really love them ❤

Again, I wish this wasn’t a standalone because I want more of these characters sobs but The Immortal Games had a beautiful and heartwarming conclusion that definitely has me satisfied. The only reason this didn’t get 5 stars was because it took awhile to get really engaged with the story and there were some scenes that dragged on a little, but other than that, I loved it!

And now I feel like rereading the Percy Jackson series…

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Buddy read with my amazing friend Alex @ The Scribe Owl !!

(All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date)



Author Bio:

Talia Rothschild, Italian American, is passionate about stories in many forms—music, dance, photography, film and, of course, great novels. She believes in thick hot chocolate and creamer in your tea. When she’s not happily writing, she’s mothering the sweetest baby girl and making memories with her husband. Her debut book The Immortal Game, coauthored with A. C. Harvey, hits the shelves May 2021.

Ashleigh Harvey is teaching high school physics and bringing her writing dreams to life. English-born and world-traveled, she loves filling her life with new adventures, such as visiting a new country or exploring the Wild West with her husband. She also finds escape in movies, music, literature, and yearly comic conventions. The Immortal Game is her debut novel, created alongside Talia Rothschild, her close friend.


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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J. Maas | Review – I fell in loveee

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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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🛑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 afraidthe 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.

“I’m home.”

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🛑

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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???

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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

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 ℍ𝕠𝕦𝕤𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝔼𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔹𝕝𝕠𝕠𝕕? 𝕎𝕙𝕠’𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕖𝕣? 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦’𝕧𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕞𝕖𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕪 𝕝𝕠𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕖?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

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

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

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Do you promise?”

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

why do i keep doing this to myself

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

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

so ready for some more pain love✌

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

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

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

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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

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

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


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

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

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

My queen is ruthless :’ )


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


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

“Even if it is just a shadow.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THEY MUST BE ENDGAME OR I WILL RIOT.

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

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

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

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

My cinnamon roll needs all the love in the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I LOVE Grace.

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

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

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

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

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

I just have to share this scene-

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

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

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

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

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

(okay, i’ll stop now)

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

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

SDFDSFSAD THE FEELS. STOP IT CASSIE. STOP IT.

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

ThomasxAlastair moments were so sweet.

AriadnexAnna moments were filled with so much longing.

JamesxCordelia moments with so much angst.

GracexKit moments being so adorable and innocent.

LuciexJesse moments…so beautiful and heartbreaking.

My heart cannot take this I-

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

laughs in ‘I don’t want to die’

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

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

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

Death is coming.

Ave atque vale

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

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

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 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?

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 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.

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕒𝕝 𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕝𝕥𝕙 𝕣𝕖𝕡 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕤? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝔸ℂ𝕆𝕊𝔽? 𝕎𝕙𝕠’𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕖𝕣?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

🏹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 this😂 I’m doing a huge buddy read with others except I’m very, very behind and by that — I mean, I haven’t even started💀 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.🔥


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

𝔻𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕤𝕖 𝕠𝕟 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕋𝔹ℝ? 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕞𝕠𝕤𝕥 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕? ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕡𝕝𝕒𝕟𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

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

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

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

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

wait, wait WHAT-

that cannot be the end. I-

I don’t know how to feel.

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

“It’s ours.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AND I WILL NEVER FORGET RHEN BLUSHING

N E V E R

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living for their scenes is what I do✌

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

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

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

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

FOR THE GOOD OF EMBERFALL🔥

And down with Syhl Shallow.🙂

(*cough* HarperxRhen for life)

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

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m okay.

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

I-I’m okay.

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

I-

Sometimes it looked downright monstrous.

I AM NOT OKAY.

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

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

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

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

so much for no screaming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(4.5⭐)

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

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕