We’re just going to ignore that this ARC review is totally not late or anything and that it came out almost a month ago whoops
Frankly in Lovemeets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school.
There’s nothing Valerie Kwon loves more than making a good sale. Together with her cousin Charlie, they run V&C K-BEAUTY, their school’s most successful student-run enterprise. With each sale, Valerie gets closer to taking her beloved and adventurous halmeoni to her dream city, Paris.
Enter the new kid in class, Wes Jung, who is determined to pursue music after graduation despite his parents’ major disapproval. When his classmates clamor to buy the K-pop branded beauty products his mom gave him to “make new friends,” he sees an opportunity—one that may be the key to help him pay for the music school tuition he knows his parents won’t cover…
What he doesn’t realize, though, is that he is now V&C K-BEAUTY’s biggest competitor.
Stakes are high as Valerie and Wes try to outsell each other, make the most money, and take the throne for the best business in school—all while trying to resist the undeniable spark that’s crackling between them. From hiring spies to all-or-nothing bets, the competition is much more than either of them bargained for.
But one thing is clear: only one Korean business can come out on top.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
While I didn’t love Made in Korea, I didn’t hate it either👀 Filled with an enemies-to-lovers romance altho its really more of Val considering Wes the enemy only, spies, sabotages, and heartwarming scenes, this was a pretty great debut. And it featured Korean-American main characters, which I’ve never seen in a book before, so that was fun!
“There isn’t always a price tag or a black-and-white answer for why people do what they do.”
For years, Val has been in charge of her very popular and successful K-pop beauty business with her cousin Charlie. She has her goal in mind and nobody will get in her way being the only K-pop beauty business at her school. All is going well… until new student Wes comes in and starts up his own K-pop beauty business.
Of course Val doesn’t take this well and soon they both make a bet—whoever makes the most money by the end of the school year gets to take all of the loser’s money. It’s an all or nothing…and thus, the competition begins.
Val annoyed me a lot in the beginning. The audacity of this girl. She acted like it was a personal offence that Wes started his own business—like no, he can have his own reasons to start a business too?? The way she treated him too-😶 uhh yeah, I definitely didn’t like her, and though Val did learn/get better towards the end, it didn’t change my feelings towards her.
Now Wes is just so sweet. He’s too nice honestly, like I really don’t understand how he liked Val but okay ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Wes deserved better, imo.
Also, his passion for music-🥺🥺 and the way he was trying to save up money for the fees required to go to music school because he knew his parents wouldn’t pay for him omg it was so sad 😦 Wes had a better reason for his business than Val did ngl.
Part of me probably wouldve enjoyed this book more if it weren’t for how much Val annoyed me, but also if I wasn’t bored. There were a lot of scenes that just dragged on for me, where I’d just be counting down the number of pages I had left until I finished so I could be free. Still, I wasn’t bored to the point that I hated it at least.
All in all, this was a all right debut by the author and I can see lots of potential for her future books! There were lots of K-pop references that I think K-pop fans would appreciate and love. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read with characters who will do anything to beat the other~
~Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!! <33
Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.
The enemy and the warrior…
Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.
A lover and heartmate…
But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.
And now she will become Queen…
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
That ending completely wrecked me.
I went from being punched in the guts to screaming to silently sobbing to cackling like an insane lunatic.
Oh how I can’t wait to see the chaos that’s coming and more dragons
The Crown of Gilded Bones was far from perfect yet I still wholeheartedly loved it. The expansion of the world and it’s creatures was just amazing. Surprisingly, me—who’s horrible at keeping up with too many new terms thrown in books, actually was able to follow through all that was going on and being said. That literally never happens. I seriously loved learning more about the world and seeing how this will connect with A Shadow in the Ember… ohmygod I’m so excited.
But even though I didn’t mind the info-dumps, I will say that it did… drag on. It was around the middle of the book where I lost some of my focus and took some breaks in between reading. So yes, some parts were pretty boring but honestly those scenes where Poppy, Cas, Kieran and the rest of the cast just had fun made up for those slow parts. Still, the pacing could’ve been a lot better.
“Bravery is a fleeting beast, isn’t it? Always there to get you into trouble, but quick to disappear once you’re where you want to be.”
No matter how many times I say this it will never feel enough, but seriously—Poppy, Casteel, and Kieran—I love this trio so much. Their friendship with each other is so raw and beautiful. The teasing and bantering they have. The many arguments they had but held with so much love… it makes me feel alive.
“Friendship was a far stronger bond than even something the gods could create.”
The bond between Cas and Kieran, especially—ohmygod it’s amazing I swear can’t get over the loyalty and love they have for each other. And every time, they call each brother, omg my heart🥺🥺
And here, Poppy and Kieran’s friendship grows even more. I love it * sobs * THIS PLATONIC FRIENDSHIP IS SUPERIOR TO EVER OTHER RELATIONSHIP IN THIS BOOK. Yes, even Poppy and Cas (they come in really close behind tho). Although I love them with all my heart, Poppy and Kieran’s relationship was just way too heartwarming and hilarious. I will never get over the intriguing convos they’d have with each other too ahaha omg.
My chest warmed. “You know what?”
He raised a brow as he looked down at me. “What?”
I reached over and patted his chest. “You’re more than okay.”
“Now that I know you think I’m more than okay, I can sleep well at night.” His tone was as dry as the Wastelands, but I grinned.
okay but Kieran mentioning the Joining when Cas and Poppy called him to talk about being their advisor was hilarious. omg why was that the first thing he thought of being called for??? Kieran, you’re killing me😭😭 and then he made everything so awkward omg I couldn’t stop wheezing bahahaha
“You will bow before your Queen.” Casteel eyed the Atlantian coolly. “Or you will bleed before her. It is your choice.”
And so then there’s my Queen and King—Poppy Balfour Da’Neer and Casteel Hawkethorne Da’Neer. After all the lies, betrayals, and many changes their relationship has gone through, the truth is finally out and their love for each other is so beautiful.🥺
“I love you, Penellaphe. You. Your fierce heart, your intelligence and strength. I love your endless capacity for kindness. I love your acceptance of me. Your understanding. I’m in love with you, and I will be in love with you when I take my last breath and then beyond in the Vale.”
Cas telling Poppy for the first time that he loved her broke me. And then Poppy saying it to him and Cas thinking he isn’t worthy?!?! STOP, NO * sobbing *
And can I just say that the cheesiness was so sweet??? omg I literally lived for those stupid but cute lines Cas would say to her. So many scenes I was just grinning like an idiot and a certain scene, I seriously couldn’t stop laughing omg. But seriously, the amount of times I swooned because of the things Cas would say??? ohmygod I love them so much.
“I do not want to be party to forcing you into yet another role you did not ask for nor desire. I will not replace the veil you loathed with a crown you hate. If you do not want to take the Crown, I will support you,” he swore, and the intensity in his words captured me. The irrevocable oath he was making. “And if you decide you want to take what is yours, claim the throne, I will set this entire kingdom on fire and watch it burn if that ensures that the crown sits on your head.”
I jolted. “You love your people—”
“But I love you more.”
please, stop Cas😭🤚
Okay but the banter between the whole group of them—Poppy, Cas, Kieran, Emil, Delano, and Vonetta—on their journey to Ilisseum was just perfection. They’re all such idiots and I’m so in love with them all. That one scene where they’re battling the skeletons omg I can’t-
Vonetta shouted, unsheathing her swords. “Couldn’t you have said that you saw skeletons in the hole?”
Casteel cursed as another bony hand appeared, this one clutching a sword in its grip.
“Armed skeletons!” Vonetta yelled. “Couldn’t you have said you saw armed skeletons in the hole?”
“Sorry.” Emil unhooked his swords. “I was kind of taken aback by the sight of fully functional, fucking skeletons with weapons. My apologies.”
“Cutting off the head does not work,” Emil shouted, and I turned to see a headless skeleton tracking the dumbfounded Atlantian. “I repeat. It does not work!”
Vonetta whirled, thrusting one sword through the chest of a soldier, and her other blade through the headless skeleton. “You,” she said to Emil, “are a mess.”
“And you are beautiful,” he replied with a grin.
OMG I SHIP. I’m not the only one who ships Emil and Vonetta, right?? I love them so much omg😭
I will shrivel up and die if any of them are killed. which will probably happen bc JLA likes to play with our feelings🤡
Now, I need to start screaming about something else…
🛑MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW🛑
I swear the heart attack I got when I read the first 100 pages—
was JLA trying to destroy us so early on in the book???? Because it worked💀 a lot
Cas crying at the beginning of the book?!! Just no. Stop. I thought that was heartbreaking BUT THEN JLA GOES AHEAD AND HAS HIM BEGGING AT THE END TOO. AND BOTH TIMES FOR POPPY * sobbing * The first time because he was watching Poppy die and then the last time because he was again watching Poppy die–
what the hell omg Jennifer you’re a monster. I love you but I hate you. That’s nothing new though. Typical relationship between reader and author.🙂🔫
But omg Cas let himself be taken by the Queen coughIsbeth, knowing he’d be tortured again and I’m sorry, but I died.
Honestly though, it was pretty obvious something like that was going to happen. I had a feeling either Poppy or Cas would be captured, mostly Cas bUT ALL THOSE OTHER PLOT TWISTS??!! I did not see any of that coming????
Poppy’s father isn’t King Malec??? Poppy is a god??? Isbeth is Queen Ileana???? Ian’s death??? omg omg omg I can’t. I just knew that the cave cat would secretly be Poppy’s father but that was me thinking it was Malec, not Ires??? omg he was RIGHT THERE.
sdfsfsfs okay but that last scene was perfect, it’s the way I was literally cackling. POPPY BEHEADING KING JALARA AND SENDING HIS HEAD TO ISBETH BAHAHAHAHHAAHAHA revenge is so sweet :))) I wish I could see the Isbeth’s face.
Oh also I adore Casteel’s parents. Or well, maybe not so much anymore because of what they kept to themselves at the end but still, they’re awesome ahhhh their acceptance of Poppy omg and Valyn’s words to Poppy were so sweet🥺🥺
“My son is a very lucky man to have found you and made himself yours.”
His words embraced my wounded heart, and acceptance behind them choked me. It took a moment to speak. “It is I who is lucky to have been found by your son and have become his.”
Valyn reached over, cupping my cheek with his gloved hand. “And Eleona and I are even more lucky to have you as our daughter-in-law.”
OMG WAIT ALSO SEEING THAT WILLA COLYNS IS REAL AHAHAHA ONE OF THE BEST SCENES EVER. I had a feeling she was the Seer in the first book who told Poppy to go to that room Cas was in at the Red Pearl. Miss Willa, you are amazing ❤
Also, Reaver I love you already. Burn them all to the ground muahahahaha
🛑SPOILERS HAVE ENDED🛑
I already know that I missed a lot of other things that happened but omg this review will never end if I continue. Literally still can’t get over the ending. Which fool thought it was smart to finish this book in one day??? And now to wait until 2022 for book 4??? Thank god ASITE is coming out this year. Nyktos and his consort sdfgdsfsfs I’m so excited. I can’t wait to meet Sera ahhhh!! And see more draken ehehe and see Nyktos, the scary god, fall in lovee.
I must say though, as much as I love these books I’m wondering how JLA will write 3 more books in this series?? It honestly feels like this series only needs one more book but I’m sure she has something planned👀
2022 will be the ⚔️War of Two Queens⚔️ and I am ready to see a certain queen wreak havoc * cackles *
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
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.
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…
(All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date)
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.
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🤞
Well, this month definitely did not go the way I planned it to.
School got in the way and I was barely active😭 I was mentally drained from all that was happening that I just didn’t have the energy to write any blog posts. I think April will be better though (or at least I hope so). I have many reviews to post especially hehe
Although, despite me posting very little, March was the most I’ve ever read so far. how does that work? I have no idea I managed to read 8 books!! Honestly compared to how these last few months have been, I’m proud of that😂 I could’ve read more if it weren’t for a certain book * cough * Crooked Kingdom * cough * taking me 2 weeks to finish. But other than the last half of March, I had a good reading month😌
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Avery is literally the luckiest girl alive. I’ll never stop being jealous of her and the billions of dollars she now owns. If you’re looking for something fun to read, totally recommend!!
I was preparing myself for disappointment because I didn’t enjoy the series before this, Vortex Visions, as much as I did for Air Awakens, the original series. But surprisingly I really liked this!!! ahh I can’t wait for the next book.
Here comes an unpopular opinion, but I despised this book. It took me weeks to finish and it was literally torture forcing my way through this book.😭 I thought CK would be better than SoC, but somehow it was worse💀 In the end, I only liked Jesper and Wylan.
My average rating this month was 4.0!! And as for my favourites… that’s actually so hard to choose considering how much books I loved during the first half of March ahhh I’ll probably go with Heir of Fire, The Burning God, and Dark Tempest.
Tell me, what do I say? What do I say about this masterpiece?
I would change nothing. And I mean nothing.actually maybe just that bloody ending sobs
CASSIE, YOU CANNOT EXPECT ME TO WAIT 393+ DAYS FOR CHAIN OF THORNS-
No, this is true torture. She really fooled us smh this book hurt so much.
The secrets, the lies, everything was painful. I don’t like having my heart torn into pieces 😦
There are so many ways to destroy me, ah I shouldn’t have been surprised that Cassie was able to do it again — and in the most unbelievable way possible considering where I stood last book.
My queen is ruthless :’ )
(🛑There shall be SPOILERS from Chain of Gold…you have been warned.🛑)
“When you want something very much, you are willing to accept the shadow of that thing.”
“Even if it is just a shadow.”
That line is the embodiment of p a i n. sobs
Oh Cordelia, how my love has grown for her. Imagine marrying the love of your life, but not actually marrying him, yet suffering through it with determination and not yielding to that pain. My respect 📈
And to add on to that, you know that he’s in love with someone else that isn’t you. I don’t know how she endured that, especially when James here would continue making stupid mistakes.
But of course, it’s not his fault. As we all know, it’s because of that cursed bracelet that’s making him feel that way. That bracelet that Grace gave to him — orders given to her by Tatiana Blackthorn, the true monster here.
Cordelia’s strength and kindness is so awe-inspiring. Throughout the book she continued to amaze me sdfsdfsadf I seriously love her so much — and that’s exactly why it pained me so much to see her in pain. but that was me with everyone here, so ig that’s nothing new cries
And that dangerous oath of loyalty to the mysterious power she swore herself too…ohmygodd guys I’m so shook. I’m telling you that if you guess what and who it is, you are a scary genius — but I have to say that I don’t think anyone’s going to guess it. It’s truly something none of us could’ve imagined, so be ready.
“I believe what he means to say is that it cannot be the responsibility of one’s friends to prevent one from doing something one believes is right.”
“It is, however, the job of one’s friends to rescue one from the consequences of one’s actions when it all goes skew-whiff.”
Ahhh James Herondale, he really does give one of the best speeches known to humanity. I must say though, I did not like him in book 1 and could not possibly compare him to Will — now though, omg he’s stolen my heart and I would die for him.
It can’t be helped that the bracelet has bewitched him into ‘loving’ Grace. And watching him and Cordelia together in their fake marriage…ohmygod my heart-
I’ve been converted to Team Jordelia.le gasp I know, practically everything I said/thought in my Chain of Gold review has totally changed. Where I once was totally Team Fairstairs…ahh I must betray my fellow friends. Jamie and Cordelia is so sweet and wholesome🥺
THEY MUST BE ENDGAME OR I WILL RIOT.
“I know what it is to be in pain, and not to be able to seek comfort from the one you love most, not to be able to share that pain with anyone you know.”
And that brings me to my cinnamon roll, Matthew Fairchild. All I want is for Matthew to be happy. He doesn’t need to be in a romantic relationship or anything — I just want him to find his happiness and be able to forgive himself. Please, Matthew. but with how Cassie’s like, I don’t believe thats going to happen sobs
The Matthew and Cordelia moments also broke my heart. They both could relate to so many things ughhh and this was where I’d be cheering for Fairstairs, but in the end, I say that it’s better off with the two being friends — not lovers.
But why does Matthew continue to destroy pieces of my soul?? The way he hides away his grief and suffering with witty and dramatic comments…and with his consumption of alcohol omggg I’m so so scared. This really isn’t going to end well.😭 He needs help and I pray that he finds that help.
My cinnamon roll needs all the love in the world.
“I remember what it is to be hot or cold. To want things. To need things. All those things are real for me again, as nothing else has been real to me since I died–except for you.”
sdfdsfd that is so beautiful. When I say Cassie wasn’t holding back on the feels, I truly mean that. It’s like she’s setting up everything for all of it then to come crashing down on us in the last book-
WAIT, SHE PROBABLY IS DOING THAT ON PURPOSE. That monster Her plan is working sobs I’m not ready. I’m not ready. I’m not ready.
Lucie has grown so much in this book, although it pains me to see her keeping so many secrets from the others. No longer is she being kept from the action as she was before, but now her mission, along with Grace, is to bring Jesse back from the dead and give him the life he deserves.
However, while I did ship Lucie and Jesse in the Chain of Gold, my amazing friend, Sofia brought up a good point about how bland Jesse is.
And I see that now. There really isn’t anything at all that’s really amazing about him. He’s just…a ghost? He’s kind to Grace? Hmmm maybe I’ll love him more in the next book. Watching those two together was so beautiful and heartbreaking, though.🤧
But I will say this — Lucie needs no man. She’s the strong and independent girl I love ❤
“If there was one thing she couldn’t bear, it was other people having expectations. She would always disappoint them.”
And here’s another opinion I had in CoG that’s changed now:
I LOVE Grace.
You’re probably wondering how? or maybe you weren’t blinded by rage bc of the gracelet and could see past all of it unlike me
Grace really is the victim here. Her parents were killed when she was so young and then after being sent to live with the devil Tatiana Blackthorn, she was never cared for or loved by anyone, except for Jesse and he died-
That is just so devastating, I can’t imagine how terrible that is. And look at how corrupt and vicious Tatiana is…and then just imagine living in the same household as that demon. shudder The horror.
And then when you have Cassie giving you Grace’s POV and more of her background story/secrets…oh come on, I really can’t see how one would still despise her after learning all that. The true monster who needs to die is Tatiana.
Also, I’m so shipping Kit and Grace — they’re literally perfect for each other ohmygod I seriously just had a goofy smile on my face reading their scenes. Grace is so confused with Kit’s honesty and innocence sdfsfsfs I love it. They couldn’t be more perfect for each other.
I just have to share this scene-
“You don’t seem that surprised,” Grace observed.
“On the contrary. I’ve never heard of transferring a rune between Shadowhunters—”
“No, I meant—” Grace wished she hadn’t said anything. “I only meant that you didn’t seem surprised to see me put a rune on myself.”
“Why would I be?” Christopher asked, obviously confused. “You’re a Shadowhunter. It’s what we do.”
Grace’s heart sank. Now Christopher probably thought she was completely peculiar—and for some reason, that bothered her.
(okay, i’ll stop now)
“I am nothing like you, Thomas, because you are one of the better people I have ever known. You have a kind nature and a heart like some knight out of a legend. Brave and proud and true and strong. All of it. And all the time you have known me, I have been a terrible person.”
So, you see. We are nothing at all alike.”
SDFDSFSAD THE FEELS. STOP IT CASSIE. STOP IT.
This is exactly what I mean. She cannot stop making me feel this way.
ThomasxAlastair moments were so sweet.
AriadnexAnna moments were filled with so much longing.
JamesxCordelia moments with so much angst.
GracexKit moments being so adorable and innocent.
LuciexJesse moments…so beautiful and heartbreaking.
My heart cannot take this I-
I truly believe nothing is going to go right in Chain of Thorns. And it doesn’t help that this series is called The Last Hours nor does it help that Cassie herself said that the ending of this series is much worse than Clockwork Princess AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS HEARTBREAKINGLY PAINFUL-
laughs in ‘I don’t want to die’
But ignoring that haha i could never, I could go on and on forever with how perfect this book felt to me. The amount of TDA references in this book?!?! ohmygodd it actually just left me shook — Cassie said that this series interconnects with The Dark Artifices and I so see that now. I’m in awe. Did she really plan all of this beforehand?? She’s a witch.
I will never be able to say everything I want to in this review. cries Already I’m reaching the word limit dammit. Honestly, if you read all of this I applaud you. It truly is an honor.🥺
So yeah, I can tell that we’re all screwed and Cassie is going to be the only one laughing by the end of this.
Ah, once again we reach the end of another month. But wow, I know February is a short month still… it passed by so fast. At least we’re getting closer to the end of the school year.🥳 thank god
I remember saying at the beginning of February that it’d be a great month… haha yeah, I believe I jinxed myself smh I should know better.
I definitely did read amazing books, I mean — I got to read two of my anticipated books of 2021 in the same month. But you know I actually don’t like that because after I’d finish them I WAS PUT INTO A SLUMP. So not fun.😥
And then there was school, but I’m not going to talk about that.
Anyways I guess I was still able to read a decent amount even getting into two slumps😂
It was both Chain of Iron and A Court of Silver Flames that got me into two slumps. I absolutely loved them so much, that I was just stuck in a book hangover in what felt like forever. They were just so beautiful sdfsdf even now I can’t stop thinking about them.
I literally didn’t read for a full week in February because of these books smh. Thankfully I’ve been able to get out of these cursed slumps, ahhh dont jinx it again, me.
I’m glad that in the end I was able to read what I set for my TBR except for one book.The Burning God has still yet to be read and I blame a certain individual who gave out a spoiler of the ending of the series… they could be lying but I don’t know, now I’m not in the mood to read TBG and I was so excited😭😭 I have no idea when I’ll read it now 😦
And FINALLY I read Six of Crows, hehe now I just need to read Crooked Kingdom and then I’ll be ready for the tv show😎 which btw if you haven’t already seen the trailer or just want to rewatch it like me… HERE IT IS!!!
Jesper’s wink gets me every. single. time.
AND THE DARKLING AHHHH BEN BARNES IS PERFECT * swooon *
Okay, now I’ll stop.
Anywas, I can’t wait for March and to see what that brings!! Slowly we’re getting closer to freedom summer ahhh then we’ll be able to read as much as we can ehehe.
Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but it was unbelievably slow. It got much better in the 2nd half, but there were still many parts that would just drag on and I was dying.
While I didn’t love An Ember in the Ashes, I did thoroughly enjoy it so I was pretty excited for this book when I saw that it for fans of that series.
It is very unfortunate that I was disappointed.💀
But I do see how the two are similar — the way the commanders/rulers in both books treat their soldiers/slaves is very cruel and there’s a rebellion plot to overthrow said rulers. oh how i’ve grown to despise that plot
Also, I’d like to say that I loved Pran and Oksana, but I didn’t. It was definitely interesting seeing the two main characters already in love with each other from the beginning but ehhhhh I don’t like them and I don’t like their romance.😕
Although I will say—and yes, I know something’s wrong with me—that I started liking Pran a lot more when I saw him kill others for the good of the rebellion.
I mean, at least he knew when to make hard decisions even if it made him feel like a monster. I applaud him for that. don’t question my sanity
Oh, and even though I didn’t like the romance at all, it was interesting to see the author have Oksana and Pran struggle with their relationship throughout the novel, since both had different ideas of freedom.
How far would they go to get what they wanted? Would they have to become the monsters they very much despised to get their freedom? Many questions were raised along the way — it was nice to see the complexity of the situation they were in.
So yea, even though this definitely felt like torture forcing my way through this book, it wasn’t totally bad maybe just for me.
And I was actually in a cursed slump before this and I think I’ve been cured??? Like I was so bored with this book that I now I really feel like reading a super good book. (cough ACOSF) So THANK YOU for saving me.
We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor Published by: Swoon Reads Publication date: February 16th 2021 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
As electrifying as it is heartbreaking, Sam Taylor’s explosive fantasy debut We Are the Fire is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and the legend of Spartacus.
In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana―both taken from their homeland at a young age―only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.
Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.
When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Pran and Oksana vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves.
At the tower, the messenger led them through the metal doors with iron bars twisted in the shape of a leaping fire demon, the same demon fronting the Tuliis’ uniforms and tattooed onto the messengers’ necks. They climbed three flights of spiraling stairs and stepped into an office where [Commander] Tamm, seated behind a wide steel desk, pointed to a pair of wrought-iron chairs across from her. “Have a seat. Would you care for coffee? We’ve all had a long night.”
Pran had lost count of how many times he’d seen this game from Tamm, opening meetings with pleasantries whether she intended to praise or punish. It kept Tuliis on edge, and even he couldn’t help the way his heart tightened over what might follow. He perched on the offered seat, stretching out his leg, which throbbed after all those stairs—would it kill the Commanders to meet with him on the first floor?—and accepting the cup of coffee Tamm offered. But he didn’t drink it, and neither did Oksana as she settled into the next chair, watching Tamm as if the woman were a viper coiling to strike.
“I confess, Nayar,” the Commander said, dumping sugar and cream into her own cup, “I was astonished to see you in the courtyard. Foul shape you were in, when you returned.”
“All Tuliikobrets were summoned to the courtyard, and I follow every order.”
“I trust you’ll extend that same diligence to your next role.” Tamm took a long swallow of coffee. “We need more trainers. Better trainers.”
“T-trainers?” Before they could rattle in his hand, Pran set his cup and saucer on the desk, because trainers meant— “Congratulations are in order.” Tamm beckoned behind them, and another messenger swooped into the room carrying two tunics, the leather demons on them a harsh orange. The messenger gave these to Pran and Oksana, along with long-handled flint starters.
“Welcome to Hellion rank,” Tamm said. “Effective immediately, you are reassigned to the Bronze Bonfire troop. After your commendable attempts tonight to stop the Scarlet Embers . . . Well, we need Tuliikobrets of your caliber in leadership roles. We must instill in young fighters the importance of following commands. Even when it’s painful.” She glanced blatantly at his bad leg.
What the Commanders needed, really, was to replace the Hellions they’d just cooked alongside the Embers. Hellions were young Tuliis’ first instructors, training them to become emotionless puppets who burned on command.
They did as expected of loyal Tuliikobrets. And if he and Oksana wanted to walk out of this tower alive, they’d embrace this new role.
Beside him, Oksana said nothing, her face a blank mask. But the tips of her ears had gone as red as her hair, as they did whenever she was barely holding herself together. But maybe, Pran considered, this new rank didn’t have to be a snare that entangled them further in the Commanders’ power. Maybe they could craft it into something else.
About the Author:
Sam Taylor grew up in Arizona’s deserts and now lives among Connecticut’s trees. She spends her days writing, being mom to the world’s cutest boys, whirling through dance workouts, and baking too many cakes. She does not possess fire magic, but does have one fire-colored cat. We Are the Fire is her debut novel.
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
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