Review: Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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(I've added comments to my original piece-of-shit review)

Okay so overall, I enjoyed this book. It was on the same level as ACOWAR for me: where I really enjoyed the previous instalment, and it was basically impossible to beat it with the next one, no matter what's going on. STILL BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK; but had parts that were a bit boring.

Idk what happened. I've been LOVING my rereads of SJM. I've been reeeeally sick for the past 2 weeks, so maybe that's why?

I really loved the start and the ending. A lot what happened on the boat was meh. I enjoyed it more than the first time I read it-- but I kept putting it down because I was a bit bored. (Which I hate myself for bc guys I LOVED THE START AND THE ENDING. THAT WAS ......... LIT..... af. I didn't want to put the book down).

The ending reminded me so much of ACOMAF; …

Review: The Siren

The Siren by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4/5 stars!

I listened to this via audiobook. It was so relaxing and soothing to read. At some points, I found the Ocean a bit too creepy... but that could be the reader's voice.

I like this WAY more than The Selection.

Some of the dialogue annoyed me, like they could sound their age (over 80) or like a 12 year old girl ("weeeeeee!").

This was a fun book, perfect for those who like quick, light fantasies and a simple insta love :D

It was pleasant reading (/listening) but I don't know if I'd physically read it. Listening to it once was enough for me.

This book started off really strong, but towards the end (considering the "love" these two shared) seemed to weaken the story. I actually felt more towards The Ocean and Kahlen, which was an insane dynamic. ALSO: I APPRECIATED THE RACIAL DIVERSITY IN THIS BOOK. IT ALSO DISCUSSED DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXISM.

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Review: Reborn

Reborn by Addison Cain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is so complex. I appreciate it how it approaches rape-culture and abuse, but at the same time-- THE FREAKING ENDING WAS AWFUL.





I don't want to spoil this book because I really do think it's something people should read. I don't get why the author used erotic scenes, as most of the time there wasn't a point to them. AND at the end she added a fresh rape scene from new characters. Which was just the icing on the cake.

I did not care at all for Svana (the antagonist-- who, by the way, fingered our protag for the hell of it at the end???????????????????? Like wtf?? Could've just had them talking, dude) or Corday.

I usually skipped over their scenes.

I didn't like that Shepherd (the anti-hero) was barely in it by the end of this book. The final chapter was a little to New Moon-ey &q…

Review: Obsidian

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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This was a fun read. Super easy to go along with. I still think I like Book 2 (Onyx) even more.

I read this as a break from my super-intense ToG binge. But I'm back to that now :) EoS here I come.

When I first read this book; I thought it was the hottest thing ever (lol young Cal hadn't found The Hating Game's Joshua Templeman yet) but this time I was like ?? okaayy. Fine.


I've read and reviewed this book? It's probably my favourite books I've read this year.... and it's all gone... where did it go?

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Review: The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5/5 stars.

I found Natasha EXTREMELY ANNOYING at the beginning.


This is a pretentious piece of shit. Like all of John Green's books SQUARED.

I did appreciate the diversity by the end of it, and I was really satisfied with the ending. It reminded me of Eleanor & Park.

I had 0 expectations when I started this book. I'd seen it on my feed, and I saw the audiobook was available from my library.

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Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Rating change: it has now been bumped up to 5/5 stars.

This book was amazing. Not saying the other's weren't; but this was almost on the same level as ACOMAF. Sarah was on FIRE when she wrote these two books. They made me so giddy BUT ALSO MADE ME SUFFER A HECK OF A LOT OH MY GOD. This book was so interesting!!!

Order of SJM's books (Fave to least-fave; so far):
1. A Court of Mist and Fury
2. Queen of Shadows
3. Heir of Fire
4. A Court of Wings and Ruin
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses
6. Crown of Midnight
7. Throne of Glass

NOT THAT I HATED the last few... I'd practically rate them all near 5/5 stars. But the top two especially really... blow it out of the park. At least for me.

Sarah's books are one of the rare exceptions where the sequels just get better and better.

Although I could rave about this book for hours (like I have for t…

Review: The Raven King

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Sidenote: I am a Henrysexual. Star of the book: Henry. WHY WASN'T HE IN THIS BEFORE?????????? WHY JUST THE LAST BOOK??????????????????????????

After finishing this series: I'm 50% going wait, that's it? and 50% like but nothing is REALLY concluded???

I feel the need to say: I didn't comprehend like 60% of this book. I know it's because as beautiful as Maggie writes; I simply do not read it with a 'flow'. I would start thinking her books' plots are leading to Point A, while Maggie really meant for the whole plot to be about Point B. It's a confusing thing for me to explain, sorry I can't explain it further.

What I'm saying is... do you guys ever read an author's writing, and not have the slightest idea what is going on? It's like you accidentally skipped 10 pages. That's how it feels for me, at least for Maggie's writing.

I loooved the first two books. Last two b…