Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4) | REVIEW

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4)
Published by Bloomsbury on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 648
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Queen of ShadowsThe queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


5 Stars


First Line:

There was a thing waiting in the darkness.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. It continues from where the third book left off as Celaena, now going by her real name Aelin is traveling back to Rithfold to stop the King from accomplishing his plans. We see new love, old enemies, broken friendships, and new plot twists as Aelin’s story continues to unfold right before our eyes.

So let’s dive in shall we?

The Good

Queen of Shadows takes us in a new direction then what the first and second book have set up. I see how some people were angered by it, but I couldn’t be happier with how things are turning out. This book was like a new beginning for the series, a breath of fresh air. Not only do we get some new plot twists and characters to fangirl over, but we also get closure on the story lines from the first three books.

With everything that happened in Queen of Shadows, I can’t wait to see what Maas is going to throw at us next!

The Throne of Glass series is no rookie when it comes to having strong female characters. I mean we have seen characters like Celaena/Aelin, Nehemia, Kaltain and Manon from the first three books. Now that the series has reached the half way mark Maas decides to throw some more badass female characters at us like Lysandra and Nesryn. Not only do we get to see these females kick ass, but we also get to see the strengths of a female bond and friendship.

When Aelin is at her lowest, Lysandra is there to pick her up. The importance of a female bond is so imperative to show a different side of the male driven world where females are expendable. I’m hoping for more bonding between Aelin, Lysandra, and Nesryn, as well as Manon and Asterin.

If you guys know me then you know I cannot go through a review of this book without talking about Rowan. The perfect fae prince that ever lived, at least in my opinion. The romance between Aelin and Rowan seemed to have blossomed and developed a lot more in this book. Their moments together we sweet, funny, and real. They are not perfect which is awesome! They still fight like regular couples which makes them very relatable on that level.

Can I say that I completely ship all the new budding romances we get to see in this book as well? The answer to that is yes, yes I can. Dorian/Manon, Chaol/Nesryn, and Aedion/Lysandra could all potentially be a thing in the next book. Give me a moment to fanboy over here. Yes, yes, and yes. I want them all!

If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

So there really wasn’t much to dislike about this book and I even contemplated putting this in my review. So I just want to say that this did not effect my rating what so ever as I do believe this was more of a personal irritation then anything else. And it’s none other then the way the book was written. In terms of fragmented sentences and the use of the dash (ie. ).

“He shifted his arm so he could brush her hair back. His fingers lingered along her jaw. “You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breath—as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

Really? In one paragraph we have three uses of the dash. Did that bother anyone else, or was it just me? Trust me when I say this was just a tiny example. If I were to go back and count how many times they were used I think I would surprise myself!

Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options.

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of high fantasy and badass female characters. Let me know what you guys thought of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

The Diabolic | Waiting on Wednesday [#27]


Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!

The Diabolic

Author: S.J. Kincaid
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young
Publication Date: November 1st 2016


The DiabolicA Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

Why I’m Waiting

I was given an ARC for review for this book and I am dying to start reading it. It has all the elements of a book that I love. Ruthless protagonist, robots, space, killing etc. This one is going to be EPIC!

P.S. S.J. Kincaid is the author of the Insignia trilogy!

What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New


Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3) | REVIEW

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3)
Published by Bloomsbury on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 565
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Heir of FireCelaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.


5 Stars


First Line:

Gods, it was boiling in this useless excuse for a kingdom.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟       PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟      ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in the Throne of Glass series. Celaena must leave her old behind and travel to new lands to discover her past and who she truly is, Fae. With the introduction to new characters and the exit of some old ones, it’s like we get a new and exciting upgrade to the Throne of Glass series. One I am totally on board with!

The Good

First I want to talk about the fantasy portions. The first book dabbled in it, the second book was an appetizer, and Heir of Fire was the main attraction! In this book Celaena learns how to use and control her magic and how to use her it to her advantage against her enemies. Then we have the witches with razor sharp teeth and claws who are learning to fly using these dragon type creatures for war. And finally we have Dorian back at the castle trying hard to suppress the magic within himself that just wants to unleash itself onto the world.

Heir of Fire also introduces some new characters into the mix and by far one of my favorite characters in the series until now. Rowan, the fae prince. With his tough and hard exterior he exudes strength, wisdom, and power. But when he gets to know Celaena, his exterior begins to crumble and we get to see the vulnerable side of him. I absolutely love when a character has many dimensions to themselves and we get to see them grow as the story progresses.

Maas is a brilliant writer and amazing storyteller. She has mastered the art of character dynamics and world building. Thus, she has created an astounding high fantasy series that I adore and to be honest, wish would never have to end. But I know as long as there is young adult readers, she will produce many more great stories for us to obsess over!

The people you love are just weapons that will be used against you.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

There was very little wrong with this installment of the Throne of Glass series. Again, the writing at times is still choppy and messy. It’s a small inconvenience but does not take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. Thus, Heir of Fire remaining a 5 star read for me.

Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

I am loving the new direction this series is going in and can’t wait to see what happens next. Let me know what you guys thought of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | October 10 – October 16


Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of Ocotober 10 – October 16. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.


Now I Rise by Kiersten White (The Conquering Saga #2)

Published by Delacorte Press

June 27th 2017

Now I RiseLada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)

Published by Greenwillow Books

June 13th 2017

Our Dark DuetKate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic (Hibiscus Daughter #1)

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

August 15th 2017

Wicked Like WildfireAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #2)

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

March 7th 2017

Traitor to the ThroneMere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.


The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Published by HarperTeen

June 6th 2017

The Sandcastle EmpireWhen all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

Published by Delacorte Press

May 9th 2017

Brave New GirlWe have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin.
We are healthy and strong and smart.
But only one of us has ever had a secret.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.
Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him—when she can’t resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules—she realizes she’s flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled.
Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia’s fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?
Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one. . .


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 28th 2017

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

Published by HarperTeen


You Don't Know Me But I Know YouThere’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about.

Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life.

Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, consisting not only of the greatest family ever but of a snarky, loyal, sometimes infuriating best friend, Rose; a sweet, smart musician boyfriend, Julian; and a beloved camera that turns the most fleeting moments of her day-to-day routine into precious, permanent memories.

But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.

Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey’s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey’s entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder—what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?

The (Best) Worst Case Scenario by Sandy Hall

Published by Swoon Reads

August 29th 2017

The Best Worst Case ScenarioScenario: A Musical Theater Lock-In you’ve been looking forward to all summer long.

Best Case: You and all your best friends have a fabulous time, your crush falls madly in love with you, and you get amazing material for your college applications that gets you early admittance into their theater programs.

Worst Case: Your best friend brings your mortal enemy to the lock-in and insists that you be on the same team mere hours after you catch your father making out with the person in charge of the lock-in. The drama totally overwhelms you, making it impossible to charm your crush and leaving you wanting to lay down on the floor and cry. Not exactly a formula for success

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

August 29th 2017

In Some Other LifeKennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams.

Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice.

But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life where she chose to attend the private school, she finds that maybe it’s not as perfect of a world as she once thought.

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

July 4th 2017

Words on Bathroom WallsAdam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh

Published by Harper Collins Children’s

June 13th 2017

Who's that GirlJunior Nattie McCullough is totally OK with her place in life: Latin whiz. Member of the school’s gay-straight alliance. Joni Mitchell superfan. Seventeen-year-old who has never been kissed. So when last summer’s crush and her former classmate—Young Lungs lead singer Sebastian Delacroix—comes back to town with his new hit single “Natalie,” she can’t bring herself to believe it could possibly be about her…could it?

As Nattie sorts through the evidence (the lyrics, Sebastian’s elusive text messages, and their brief romantic encounter last year), the song’s popularity skyrockets, and everyone starts speculating about “Natalie’s” identity. If that wasn’t mortifying enough, Nattie runs into another problem: her confusing, flirtation-packed feelings for her good friend Zach. With her once-average life upended, Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her short-lived past with Sebastian was something love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.

Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

May 30th 2017

Romancing the ThroneFor the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome 17-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

Charlotte’s had her eye on Edward, and soon they’re snogging all over the campus lawn and common rooms—while Libby busies herself with settling into her studies and navigating the complicated social code of Sussex Park. Eager to put her sister at ease, Charlotte encourages Libby to hang out with her new boyfriend. And much to everyone’s surprise, Libby and Edward hit it off.

Actually, they really hit it off.

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

June 20th 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueHenry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2) | REVIEW

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)
Published by Bloomsbury on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Crown of MidnightFrom the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


4 Stars


First Line:

The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. It picks up a little while after the first book. Celaena won her right to be the King’s champion with a twist. Instead of assassinating the people of interest for the King, she is scaring them off and faking their deaths to keep up the charade. Things don’t seem to work out that well for her though…

The Good

In Crown of Midnight, the story picks up with Celaena doing assassination missions for the king as his new champion. She must decide if what she is doing is right or take matters into her own hands. The plot thickens with even more love, death, magic, and deceit. As the story unravels characters will fall in and out of love, friendships form and break, magic and monsters make a bigger appearance, and the everyone seems to be deceiving each other.

Maas’ writing continues to keep you wrapped up into the story as it begins to unfold with new and exciting plot twists. She makes you feel pain, sorrow, happiness, love, and frustration with all her characters and events that leaves you wanting to know more. Her world building doesn’t slow down either and still takes you on an adventure ride you won’t forget.

We finally get more development in the world building department. There is more emphasis put into the history of the kingdom and the magic that used to rule it. I found this aspect of the story to be very fascinating.

Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

As I said above, Maas’ writing keeps you wrapped up in the story, but it also has it’s faults as well. I found it very choppy and a bit messy at times. I don’t know if it was done intentional but it turned me off a bit.

Like the first book, Throne of Glass, some characters still irk me a bit. Although Celaena becomes a bit more likable this time around, I found some of her decision making to be a bit moronic and rash. Chaol on the other hand still remains his sad depressing self. He has internal struggles throughout the whole book. His heart is in two places, one side is for Celaena, the other is for the Kingdom. We get to see how this affects his decision process and the growth that we get to witness this time around. He had to make tough decisions and thus his true feelings are revealed.

One last thing. There is a character death in this book that I absolutely found to be incredibly unnecessary and a total plot scapegoat. This character deserved so much more. Maas, you disappointed me.

The best lies were always mixed with truth.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Overall, I think it was a great sequel and I like the direction it’s going in right now. Let me know what you guys thought of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello (The Belvedor Saga #2) | REVIEW

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello (The Belvedor Saga #2)
Published by Self-Published on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 394
Format: E-ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon

Belvedor and the King's CurseIt happened again. Arianna had seen the girl with eyes that shone like silver coins and who struck her dead each night that passed, each time she closed her eyes to dream. Though she couldn’t speak the words aloud, she now knew why these nightmares occurred and what spurred them to take hold at her most vulnerable hours. It was an innate darkness inside of her trying to break free and take over.

Whether the darkness had been born the day she died or if it had always been stirring at her core, there was no denying its threat any longer. What might she become if she gave in?

After all, she now understood the dangerous lure of dark magic. She had learned the story of Vladamor.
In this bewitching sequel to Belvedor and the Four Corners, the story of Arianna Belvedor continues, and there’s more than just an evil king to fear


4 Stars

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! ***

First Line:

“Where’s Ara?” said Liam, sitting up in the bed.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟      WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello is the sequel to The Belvedor Saga. It immediately picks up after the first book with Arianna and her friends making it out of their journey of freedom. But not all comes easy. They are wanted for high treason against the King. Now they must figure out how to stay hidden and try to live their new lives peacefully.

The Good

In this exciting installment of The Belvedor Saga, we get a huge expansion on all areas of the story. Plot, characters, world, and magic system! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read it.

My biggest highlight overall was the writing mixed with the advancement of the plot. Ashleigh’s writing has improved tremendously which added to the vivid and beautifully written descriptions, and fantastic dialogue between characters. I could really feel the emotions Arianna and her friends were feeling and I was vastly intrigued with all the new information we received

Arianna displays monumental growth in the King’s Curse and she’s beginning to grow on me. We know her as the brave and tough fighter from the Warrior’s District in the Four Corner’s, but now we get to see her take on a more leadership role which weigh’s heavily in the back of her mind. She doesn’t want her friends to come into harms way and will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I loved the history lesson we get about the magic system and the origins of it. The time and thought it must have taken Ashleigh to build this world really shows. Especially with the back stories of our adult characters like Kassime, Cyn and Solomon.

There is still so much more story to be told and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Bad

No story can ever be perfect and that is okay.

For one, I felt like there was a lack of development with the side characters. Especially Arianna’s friends, Lessa, Jeom, and Demetrius. I was very saddened when they took a back seat to the story this time around. I was looking forward to more from them, but we got very little in that department.

On one hand I like that there is barely any romance in the King’s Curse, but on the other, it wouldn’t hurt either. I feel an added romance between characters could further help them develop into stronger characters. It also helps with getting the reader to become more emotionally attached to certain characters as well.

I highly recommend that you guys check out Belvedor and the Four Corners, the first book in The Belvedor Saga! You won’t regret it.

Let me know what you guys thought of Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Ashleigh BelloAshleigh Bello is the author of the captivating Belvedor Saga. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in International Studies, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The inspiration for the Belvedor Saga arose from her extensive world travels. And her passion for adventure continues to help her write future works in the series. She is a self-published author and member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Her website is http://www.ashleighbello.com.

October 2016 New Release Giveaway Hop


Hey guys!

Welcome to the October 2016 New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by the lovely Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

As this is my second time participating in the New Release Giveaway Hop, I am looking forward to interacting with even more new followers and book lover alike. October has many great book releases and I can’t wait for you guys to check them out!

Halloween is the best time of year to let loose and jump outside your comfort zones. You can dress up as whatever you like and no one can say anything about it! Now if those scary motherf*cking clowns could just stop terrorizing everyone maybe more people would enjoy Halloween more!

Here are some of the October Releases that have got my pumped and ready to read:

Past Winners!

September New Release
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The Giveaway

Come and enter to win ONE new October 2016 release worth up to $20 CAD from The Book Depository. This giveaway is open INT just as long as TBD ships to your country!

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Make sure to check out the LINKY down below to enter all the other blogger’s giveaways!

Until next time,

Sig 3