Thursday, January 28, 2016

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.58 of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Page Count: 562


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

Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

**Might be slightly spoilery. I'm going to try to keep out major details, but some things might slip out**

Gosh where to start?

Okay...So the beginning of the book started kind of rocky for me. I was overly annoyed with Celaena. I tried not to be because I knew what she had just gone through, but she was just letting herself waste away and I just wanted to shake her. Once she went to meet with Maeve, however, that's when things got good. 

All of the new characters were so intriguing!! Manon was a conundrum. I felt like she wanted to rebel against her grandmother and I thought she would finally show some emotion somewhere, but then she'd just flip and be the heartless which again. I really can't wait to see where Maas takes her character.

Lucas and Emrys are just super adorable. I love them. The way Celaena acted towards them in the beginning really made me start disliking her that much more. But as time went on, I was so happy to see her relationship with the two develop into something almost like family. 

Rowan...I saved the best for last. When I first met him, I was kind of dismissive of him because I was still totally shipping Celaena and Chaol together even after everything that happened. I was still convinced that they would overcome everything when Celaena returned. Rowan was just a Fae asshole at that point (which isn't that far off the mark). But as time went on and Celaena continued her training, he kind of grew on me. I started to like him and I could see the strength he gave to Celaena. A strength she didn't have before, a strength Chaol never gave her. 

The entire novel, from beginning to end, was an emotional roller coaster. The writing was beautiful and flowed so well...even though it took me a month and a half to finish, I will never say it was because of the quality of the novel. It was only because of my poor time management skills xD

I think my favourite part of the novel was the end fighting scene. It was so badass and just showed just how much Celaena has grown since the beginning of the series. I love the way Maas is able to gradually change characters, it makes it so relatable even if you have never experienced any of the things the characters are going through, you still know what it feels like to change the way you begin to look at things. I know I related to it. 

I highly recommend this book and this entire series! 5 out of 5 stars

Happy Reading 

January Wrap-Up/ February TBR

January flew by so fast! I didn't keep up with blogging as much as I wanted to, but I'm going to blame that on the fact that I was on vacation haha (I'm putting together a post with many pictures of the trip I took ;) )

Non Bookish things:
As you know, I took a trip with my boyfriend around Europe. It was spectacular. Now though, I must return to reality. I'm back in college for my second semester. It's been pretty great so far! I have basically all 9am classes which suck, but I've been getting out of bed to make it to class so I count that as a win! I've also made a few new friends! I was under the impression that I would just end up sticking with the friends I made last semester because me and people don't work very well, but it's actually getting a little easier to talk to people!

Bookish things:

So this month I only managed to finish one book, Heir of Fire. I absolutely loved it and immediately started Queen of Shadows...even though I should probably be focusing on my school reading xD Which is going to be more intense this semester. But the cool thing is, is that for one of my modules I get to pick the books I chose to read from the different literary periods!

I also want to start doing discussion posts and I would love to hear what you guys would like to see. I always find it hard to discuss something that hasn't already been done so many times before, so I mostly want to go off of what all of you suggest!

In terms of my challenges:

For the Commenting 365 challenge being hosted by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28, I have commented on 5 blogs from Nori's master list (I know, not that many :( ) and a few blogs from those that I originally followed. I plan on kicking my progress up a notch this month! I really want to immerse myself as much as I can in blogging again. I'm hoping it'll help me relieve a bit of stress and push away the depression that was weighing on me last semester because of being so far away from home.

As for my Finish the Series challenge...I haven't made any progress in that yet. Seeing as Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series won't be finished this year, reading Queen of Shadows doesn't really help me towards by goal. But again, I plan on kicking this progress up a notch! I'm going to really buckle down and get as many series finished as I want because I don't want to start any new books until I erase those from my TBR list

February TBR:
Finish Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Finish Winter by Marissa Meyer
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
Ungodly by Kendare Blake

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award

I was just nominated by the wonderful Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire for this award! Thank you so much <3

The Rules:

1. Display the award

2. Follow the lovely person who nominated you

3. Nominate 15 other lovely bloggers and let them know

4. Add 7 facts about yourself

5. Mention the rules!

Seven Facts About Me:

1. I'm studying English and economics at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland so that one day I may be able to start my own publishing company

2. My favourite series (though the main reason it's my favourite is because of the drool worthy love interest) is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

3. My zodiac sign is Aries

4. The owl is my spirit animal

5. I just recently traveled to six different cities in 5 different countries in 5 weeks - London, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, and Venice

6. My favourite colour is blue

7. I'm currently watching Season 6, Episode 17 of Supernatural

I tag anyone who wants to do this that hasn't done it yet!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Debt by Rachel Dunning Book Blitz

99c Pre-Order Sale
Over 400 Pages
Standalone Novel
New-Adult Romance / Sports Romance

By Rachel Dunning

Expected Release Date:
March 2016

What’s it about?

The Debt Collector

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
Another debt.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for spring break, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And unbelievably right.

Content Warning

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance


About Rachel
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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