My Throne of Glass Story & Kingdom of Ash Thoughts

If this post is published, it means that I have conquered the beast that is Sarah J. Maas’s Kingdom of Ash. RIP my bookish soul.

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The final book in the Throne of Glass series, Kingdom of Ash’s 980 page story took over my reading life for five days. Yes, I’m still laughing at the fact that I thought I could hold off reading my most anticipated release of 2018 until Thanksgiving break. Since I myself was avoiding KoA spoilers for as long as possible, here are some of my non-spoiler thoughts:

  • Once again, if I can’t have Chaol Westfall, I’m happy that Irene Towers can
  • Aelin’s torture scenes were every emotional hard to read. Who else cannot stand Maeve??
  • The punch Manon took during THAT scene felt like I was being punched too. SJM went THERE
  • I didn’t cry, but I almost did when someone’s death is being honored near the end  and during a certain goodbye
  • I still cannot get over the Charlie Bowater-illustrated jacket for the Barnes and Noble exclusive edition

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Favorite Fantasy: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden Review

Since The Girl in the Tower is the second book in Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy, I will not be posting a summary of The Girl in the Tower. The first book, The Bear and the Nightingale, follows Vasilisa’s upbringing in the snowy, Russian wilderness, where she spends winter nights with her siblings listening to fairy tales. But magic Vasilisa discovers doesn’t just have a home in her nurse’s stories. I have a non-spoiler mini review for The Bear and the Nightingale.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Royal Review: Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Summary: King Andros of the Reaches is dying, his heir has been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. The nation is only left with one option…or rather three options in the form of three girls with three deadly secrets. And there’s only one crown to spare.

Zofi has spent her entire life drifting through the Reaches, but just when her freedom matters most, she’s dragged to the nation’s capital, Kolonya. Ren grew up in Kolonya and in the palace, serving as a ladies’ maid at court. She dreamed of being a high lady herself one day, but the timing seems off after her own misdeed. Akelyah has been raised by an abusive family in the Eastern Reach, home of the rebellion. She’d doing anything to escape her family, but why at the invitation of a king who has every reason to despise her?

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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FRIENDSHIP & LOVE: Odd One Out Review

Summary: Courtney “Coop” Cooper finds himself single once again. And still in love with his best friend, Jupiter Sanchez, who keeps ignoring him to text some girl. Rae Evelyn Chin, the “new girl”, feels right where she belongs with Jupiter and Courtney, with a crush for both of them. Jupiter Charity-Sanchez discovers that the only thing worse than losing the girl you love is losing her to your boy. It’s time for Jup to do something right?

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

Nic Stone’s latest release, Odd One Out, follows the perspectives of three teens and best friends, Courtney, Jupiter and Rae. Much like Nic Stone’s Dear Martin, the book features multiple diverse characters.

Like most YA characters, Courtney, Rae, and Jupiter are trying to figure out life. However, what I think makes Odd One Out a standout when it comes to diverse YA stories is its exploration of sexuality, especially in regards to Rae and Jupiter. Jupiter and Rae explore who they are, discovering that labels maybe don’t have all the answers. Aside from sexuality, some of the characters, specifically Rae and Courtney, work through their past and relationships with loss and grief.

If I had to choose, my favorite perspective would be Courtney because he was just so sweet and a really great friend. Plus how many guys do you know who love playing basketball and cheerleading? I found his perspective and story to be the most heart-breaking and heart-warming, I also liked seeing his character development from Rae and Jupiter’s perspectives. I lovveeeed Courtney’s best friends, Golly and Britian, who have some great jokes and maybe or maybe not see some things our three MCs aren’t.

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One of the very few things I wasn’t so in love with when it comes to Odd One Out relates to some of the decisions our characters make. While most of them had good intentions, I wasn’t a huge fan of the initial reasoning behind Jupiter’s “move”. It seemed really selfish to me, but looking back, it did help get one of the relationships moving.

Overall, readers will fly through Odd One Out for it’s fantastic characters and unput-downable story. Readers looking for books that explore sexuality will absolutely love this one. I’m looking forward to Nic Stone’s recently announced MG in 2019.

Is Odd One Out on your TBR? Have you read Dear Martin? Share in the comments!

FASHION & FOSSILS: Mammoth Review

Summary: The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin, Texas.  Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on her retro style and persona to shield herself from her former bullies. However, her vintage dresses and designer heels aren’t great for fossil digging. But nothing is going to dampen her spirit.  She’s exactly where she wants to be, and gets to work with her hero, the host of the most popular paleontology podcast in the world.  And then there’s Chase, the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.Until it isn’t.

When Natalie’s paleontologist hero turns out to be anything but and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, she has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by men.  To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying the rules and risking her life for the sake of a major discovery.  While sifting through dirt, she finds more than fossils—she finds out that she is truly awesome.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Seven Torments of Amy & Craig Review & Giveaway

THE SEVEN TORMENTS OF AMY AND CRAIG

Seven Torments of Amy and CraigSummary: Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God). 1994

The worst thing that’s ever happened to Craig is also the best: Amy. Amy and Craig never should’ve gotten together. Craig is an awkward, Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek, and Amy is the beautiful, fiercely intelligent student-body president of their high school.

Yet somehow they did. Until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Then dumped him again. Then got back together with him again. Over and over and over.

Unfolding during their senior year, Amy and Craig’s exhilarating, tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy, pain, and laughter as an uncertain future-and adult responsibility-loom on the horizon.

Craig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a quirky college, while Amy’s quest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig’s girlfriend?and sometimes doesn’t.

Seven heartbreaks. Seven joys.Told nonsequentially, acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis’s debut novel is a brutally funny, bittersweet taste of the utterly unique and utterly universal experience of first love.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

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