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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…

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A solid 3/5 stars.


I don't know if it was because I was more in the mood for Queen of Shadows, but I didn't LOVE this book. Which is a massive bummer. I really enjoyed the first two books! I don't know how this one didn't grab me?

I loved small details, but for the most part I didn't understand what was going on. I found it hard to follow.

This could just be me going through a depressive episodes: so if I reread it and love it, I wouldn't be surprised. But right now: I felt no appreciation for this book (aside for the teeniest moments Gansey and Blue shared-- the whole drama with psycho Greenmantle and his wife ?????????????????? NEVER, EVER WANT TO READ THAT AGAIN. I WAS BORED.)

I wish I enjoyed this book. I'm onto The Raven King, but only because it's due ASAP to my library and I don't want to drag this on.

Updates/Other Notes:
June 19, 2017 – page 275
70.33% "I love Jess…

Review: Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Just a heads up: my opinion of this book has totally changed this time 'round. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Me, finishing the book; my feelings:

Rating change: 3 stars to 4 stars.

What made me change my rating:
MAJOR POINT: I read it slowly this time. I didn't rush like the first time I read this book. I was such a dick when I read this book (initially). I'm going to add some annotations to my first review (below). Enjoy me punching the shit out of past-me. I hate past-me. I was an asshole. I'M SORRY SARAH, ILYSM. PLS FORGIVE MY IGNORANT, UNAPPRECIATIVE, PREVIOUSLY-FAE-HATING ASS.

I actually enjoyed Rowan this time. And Manon and Abraxos. AND THIS IS BECAUSE I ACTUALLY LIKE HIGH FANTASY NOW.Before, I was only reading this for the hype. I loathed high fantasy. This didn't add up to a good review, as you can imagine.


Review: Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Rating change: 3 stars is now 4 stars.

New thoughts:
I am going to annotate my original review which is at the bottom of this one, because I was an idiot. I hated this book the first time 'round, because I skimmed it. I wasn't into high fantasy last time I read it, and really wasn't a fan of Fae. I only made myself read the series because everybody else did. Rereading this series is now a choice, after LOVING ACOTAR. I have found so far, I still love SJM's other series more... but this book, guys.

The first part did drag a little, but part two just BLEW ME AWAY. After I started part two, I couldn't put it down. Before that, it was a bit of a chore for me to actually read this book.

I am totally viewing ToG (as a series) in a new and different way-- yay. I am falling in love with this series. I have grown to appreci…

Review: Call Me Daddy

Call Me Daddy by Jade West
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The next book I'm gonna read is the Lord's Word.

I need Jesus omfg save me.




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Review: Bach's Story


Review: Owning Her Innocence

Owning Her Innocence by Alexa Riley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

MY EYES (I read this and Coach at the same time and I kindof got the storylines mixed up but they're similar).

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Review: Ral's Woman

Ral's Woman by Laurann Dohner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like?? It's typical smut?????? Idk what else to say. I found heaps of typos, but maybe that was just my copy.

But it's not the worst! I've been reading way worse recently.

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