Crazy Rich Asians: Book Vs. Movie

2018 has been filled with some pretty amazing book to movie adaptations, and Crazy Rich Asians is no exception. Me being the fangirl that I am, I had to read the book before I saw the movie. I obviously loved both book and film, but today I’m going to be discussing which bookish or movie elements I liked better, and whether book or movie is the ultimate Crazy Rich Asians winner in my fangirl heart.

Laugh-out-loud funny: BOTH

Both book & movie are absolutely hilarious. Book-wise, so much of the humor comes from ALL the characters’ dialogue and he ridiculousness of their lives. The movie is again laugh-out-loud funny, my favorite characters being Oliver and Peik Lin.

Family’s Character Development: BOOK

I loved how the book jumped from perspective to perspective, allowing the reader to get to know so much of the Young clan. While their depiction was spot-on in the movie, I wish we got to spend more time with Astrid, Eleanor, and even Eddie’s family. Also, where was Nick’s dad?

Rachel’s Development Character: MOVIE

The movie spends much more time with Rachel and Nick than the book, as the book more so follows his family’s reactions to Rachel and their own storylines. Played by Costance Wu, Rachel was a strong female protagonist, with tons of humor of her own. I also like how the movie showed a bit more of Rachel’s professor side, and I loved the addition of her study on game theory.

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Best Peik Lin: MOVIE

Peik Lin, played by Awkwafina, was even funnier on screen. Her family was even more ridiculous than I could have imagined (what else could you expect from Ken Jeong as her dad?).

My Jealously over Astrid’s jewelry collection: BOTH

Seriously, I need Astrid’s earrings and wardrobe ASAP.

The wedding ceremony: MOVIE

Colin and Araminta’s wedding was absolutely stunning, and its beauty made Rachel and Nick’s moment all the more sweeter.

The wedding reception: BOOK

Sorry movie, but I was so much more impressed with the wedding’s weekend long events in the film. I wanted more drama with Kitty, although one aspect involving Kitty and someone who is not Alistair have a funny moment.

Food: BOTH

Crazy Rich Asians overall just made me hungry, between Nick and Rachel’s adventures exploring Singapore’s food stalls and the lavish dinners at Ama’s house.

Winner:  BOOK

Even with its 500+ page length, Crazy Rich Asians just completed sucked me in its glitzy and funny story. The ride isn’t even over yet, with China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems on my TBR.

However, I was really impressed with Crazy Rich Asians not only as an adaptation, but also as a movie itself! It really helped me visualize the book’s world. People who have no interest in reading the book would still absolutely love this film. Although its ending is slightly altered from the book’s, does the book trilogy mean were going to get two more movies??

Have you read or watched Crazy Rich Asians? Which one was your favorite? Share in the comments!

GIVE ME ALL THE TV & CHRISTMAS: November Wrap Up

November, you were filled with school, books, film, AND all the holiday season prep. I am a firm believer that the earlier you start celebrating Christmas, the happier you’ll be (and hopefully that happiness will translate to reading motivation!)

I read 6 books in November, which I’m really happy about because I mostly LOVED everything that I read. I also hit 100 books for the year- live love Goodreads for telling me this (I’m currently at 105). I think one of my New Year “resolutions” is going to be keeping better track of what I read on my own—I tried and failed to do so in 2018, despite some pretty amazing Excel sheets.

I’m also happy with how much I read, considering the 980 page beast that is Kingdom of Ash and that November brought on tons of homework school-wise. With a week left in the semester to go, I cannot wait to put ALL the books on hold from my library and dive into some holiday reads and ARCs.

I also watched more TV and movies than usual this month. With all of my schoolwork and other commitments, I think my brain needed a rest from written words and turned to TV for rest.

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The Wicked King by Holly Black (ARC) | 5/5 Stars

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas | 5/5

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | 5/5

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Mafi | 3.5/5

The Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak | 4/5

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke | 4.5/5 

 

 

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Friday Night Lights S3- S5 (Amazon Prime)– I really don’t know what I’m going to do with my TV life- until The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S2 comes out next week- now that I’ve finished Friday Night Lights. FNL was easily one of the best shows I watched this year, and I’m looking forward to picking up the book and watching the film (even though I have a feeling neither will live up to the TV show for me). NBC, can we have a Season 6 please??

Crazy Rich Asians– I wanted to watch Crazy Rich Asians’ film adaptations IMMEDIATELY after finishing the book, but I waited until I could rent it from iTunes before Thanksgiving. Me being me, I did enjoy the book better, however, the film was also phenomenal! Awkwafina as Peik Lin stole the show for me.

 

 

The Princess Switch & A Christmas Prince (Netflix)- As much as I love Christmas and all the holiday-themed things, cheesy Christmas movies can be pretty hit or miss. However, Netflix’s The Princess Switch and A Christmas Prince were really enjoyable and fun Christmas movies for me. I totally watched The Princess Switch for Vanessa Hudgens and I was blown away by its adorableness and humor. I was also shocked by how much I enjoyed A Christmas Prince, but I will soon be watching its sequel, A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding.

Other things I continued or started watching this month: Dynasty S2 (CW), The Good Place S2 (NBC), Dogs (Netflix), and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix).

 

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Reviews

MY TYPE OF SHAKESPEARE: Always Never Yours Review

My Throne of Glass Story & Kingdom of Ash Thoughts

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

Royal Review: Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Scarecrows, Sawkill, & School Mysteries: My Spooky October Reads

FRIENDSHIP & LOVE: Odd One Out Review

Bookish & Fangirl Fun

My UK Edition Wishlist

Book Expo & Book Con: What You Need to Know Guide

Top Five Wednesday: End of 2018 TBR

25 Fangirl Facts About Me

My The Hunger Games Story

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Character Book Recomendations

BOOKS, BROADWAY, AND BINGE-WATCHING: October Wrap-Up

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Since I didn’t do anything too fangirlish or bookish IRL in November, here’s some fangirlish things I am highly anticipating for the rest of the year and in 2019.

The film adaptation of Dumplin’ comes out on Netflix on December 7th and it’s trailer is definitely making me watch this one upon release date. Dumplin’ seems to be filled with all the Jennifer Aniston, Dolly Parton, and plus-size protagonist goodness.

Rainbow Rowell’s Wayward Son is coming out in 2019 instead of 2020! I obviously cannot wait for this sequel to Carry On, but I’m also so happy that one of my absolute favorite authors is coming out with 2 books next year—Pumpkinheads with Faith Erin Hicks has been on my TBR for too long!

It was announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine S6 is coming out on January 10th. B99 has become one of my all-time favorite TV shows this year, and I’m so excited that its joining NBC, aka the home of my all-time favorite show, Parks & Recreation.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 comes out on Amazon Prime on December 5th. Although I’m a little confused as to why this one comes out on a Wednesday, I cannot wait to dive back into The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It’s first season was my favorite show that I watched this summer.

 

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What did you read and watch in November? Did you do any holiday prep?Share in the comments! 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Character Book Recomendations

One of the best fangirlish things that happened in 2018 (AKA EVER) was Neftlix’s adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. As many of you know, Lara Jean is one of my all-time favorite characters. This trilogy holds a special place in my heart, being one out of three sisters like Lara Jean and the Song Covey girls. Like many, I was beyond impressed with its film adaptation, and I’m not-so patiently waiting for that sequel. Hellloooo Jon Ambrose McClaren.

In honor of all the TATBILB love this year, I’ll be sharing YA book recommendations based off some of the main characters from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

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Lara Jean: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Almost any contemporary book would suit Lara Jean, but I think she could especially relate to experiencing first love — and getting to eat lots of sweet treats. Our main characters, Ren and Lina, share a lot of humor and heart-warming moments that are similarly found in TATBILB.

Peter Kavinsky: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Peter K. needs some sort of sports tie-in, right? Well how about the mysterious deaths of five cheerleaders? Kara Thomas’s The Cheerleaders is the type of book that even Peter K. and his lax bros wouldn’t be able to put down. The book follows Monica, who just can’t let go the deaths of her sister and her fellow friends because she knows that even five years later, some things still don’t make sense.

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Margot: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Even mature & sophisticated Margot would love this middle-grade taking place in her college town of Edinburgh! Between its Harry Potter references and ghostly companions, City of Ghosts is a very atmospheric read that takes readers along Cassie and Jacob’s Scottish adventure. I could see Margot sharing this one with Kitty.

Kitty: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

A sassy and witty Kitty calls for a book that stars a similar protagonist: Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi. Like Dimple, I could so see Kitty throw an iced coffee in a guy’s face. This well-deserving of the hype book follows Dimple and Rishi, who have been set up by their parents at a summer app development camp.

Dr.Covey: American Panda by Gloria Chao

Dr. Covey would probably love to read about Mei’s track to become a doctor at MIT. If you’re looking for more Asian American rep after reading or watching TATBILB, American Panda is the one for you. The book follows Mei’s life as a college freshman, whose parents still keep close eyes on her and will likely not approve of her crush on decidedly-not Taiwanese Darren.

Chris: The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

I wouldn’t call Chris a bad girl, but I think she could be close friends with The Accidental Bad Girl’s turned-into-a-rebel main character, Kendall. Chris would even get Lara Jean into this fast-paced mystery with kickbutt female characters.

John Ambrose McClaren: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Sweet boys like Jon Ambrose McClaren call for books that also feature sweet boys, like Reid from The Upside of Unrequited. John and Lara would bond over Molly’s love for baking, and anyone who loves TATBILB before will swoon over Reid and his relationship with Molly.

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I’m so excited to keep doing book recommendations based off my favorite fangirl things, and here’s to hoping for an adaptation of P.S. I Still Love You!

Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments!

My The Hunger Games Story

If you’ve been around Fangirl Fury for a while, you’ll know that I love what I consider to be “throwback YA.”Aka, YA books that typically came out before 2013 and those that personally, I read while I was in middle school and in my early teen years. One of the series middle school me and the entire world was obsessed with? The Hunger Games. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary since The Hunger Games was published and three years since the final film, Mockingjay-Part 2 came out.

In anticipation for the first film adaptation, I read THG trilogy in 2012 when I was in the eighth grade. I remember a few of my fellow nerdy friends freaking out about it, and me being me, I had to see what the hype was about. And give myself an excuse to see a new movie starring Liam Hemsworth, my middle school celeb crush courtesy of The Last Song. Needlessly to say, the hype was worth it and I absolutely fell in love with THG. At the time, I was not the biggest dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy/anything that was basically NOT contemporary read, but THG encouraged me to pick up new genres. In my opinion, THG also additionally opened doors to the dystopian genre in YA—sometimes I wish I could say I was a THG hipster and started reading this series in 2008.

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What also made my experience with THG especially important was that my dad read the books along with me. While my mom is a huge reader like me and inspired my interest in literature, my dad is on the complete opposite spectrum. I’ve never seen my dad read anything other than sports memoirs or a few other non-fiction titles before reading THG. Traveling back to the dark days when book sleeves didn’t exist, my dad would borrow my copies to read during his work commute and keep them protected in a grocery bag.

Before jumping into the movies, I’ll say that Mockingjay was my favorite book in the trilogy- because I must be a sad person right?? I will say though I was and STILL am Team Gale throughout, I was pretty satisfied with the ending even though some sad things definitely happened. I also just tend to love series conclusions, especially in trilogies (see Marie Lu’s Champion and Jenny Han’s Always and Forever, Lara Jean). Catching Fire was my least favorite book (I think a series reread would be needed to confirm this) because I was basically waiting to go back to the Games. Surprisingly though, the build-up in the film adaptation of Catching Fire was one of my favorite aspects in my favorite film of the series.

I saw all four films in the theaters, each time with my dad and then also with my sisters for Mockingjay-Part 2. I even saw Catching Fire and Mockingjay-Part 1 twice in theaters, the former with a friend and the latter with my sister who was just getting into the series. I liked seeing the movies again for catching details I hadn’t noticed before. While I’m definitely the biggest THG fan in my family, my sisters and I enjoy having THG movie marathons together during the holiday season.

Some other THG Fun Facts about me:

-I have a framed The Hunger Games film poster.

-Some of my other merch includes: a District 12 tribute shirt, a charm bracelet, magnetic bookmarks- my Team Gale one hangs proudly on my dorm room fridge-, Katniss “The Girl on Fire” Funko, the US Weekly Collector’s Edition for Mockingjay-Part 2, and the illustrated movie companion guide to Catching Fire.

-I’d love to add Katniss “The Mockingjay” and “Wedding Day” Katniss to my Funko collection.

-I’m still upset I don’t know what happened to my Seventeen magazine featuring Jennifer Lawrence on the cover (let alone my beloved Seventeen and Teen Vogue collections—warning to my high school readers to hide your precious teen magazines before leaving for college).

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The coolest fun fact, which yes I think deserves its own paragraph, is that my high school graduation cap was THG-inspired. A fun play on our federal student aid system for college here in the US, I wished my fellow graduates that “May the FAFSA be ever in your favor.” A few of my English teachers got a kick out of it. I was also terrified when I decided to throw my cap in the air, with my beloved Mockingjay pin (which I received from my dad in the eighth grade as a gift) attached. It luckily stayed in upon landing.

Overall, THG will always stick with me  because of when I read it and whom I shared the experience with. THG sort’ve ended two “eras” for me as a teenager: I read THG in the eighth grade, when I was graduating from the same school I’d gone to for basically my entire life. The last film in 2015 coincided with my senior year of high school, with another graduation and new start on the horizon.

And yes, I definitely have my eyes on that new 10th anniversary collection.

Are you a The Hunger Games fan? Share some of your favorite THG memories in the comments!

My UK Edition Wishlist

Let’s be honest, us book nerds have special places in our hearts for covers. As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time of the year to think about what books we need to further overfill our bookshelves.

While there are plenty of amazing covers for books published in the US, there are some UK covers that absolutely slay the book cover game. Like many of my fellow US readers, I love using Book Depository to find UK editions. I have three UK editions of my own, including Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer, Jenn Bennett’s Starry Eyes, and Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at the Cupcake Café.

I’ll be discussing the UK editions I’d love to add to my collection for the sole purpose of their gorgeous covers.

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Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Technically, we’ve been given the UK Strange the Dreamer cover for the US paperback, which I also happen to own. While the US hardcovers for Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares are pretty and EXTREMELY shiny, I just can’t get over the UK hardcovers. And yes, I am a complete sucker for sprayed edges.

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden- The US versions of Katherine Arden’s The Bear in the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch scream fantasy, but I love how the UK editions highlight the series’ folktale inspiration.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell- Yes, because I really need a fourth copy of Carry On, and yes, it has to be either the UK paperback or hardcover, aka BOTH. Although the UK hardback looks like the US edition, underneath the dust jacket, there’s an orange and pink Simon and Baz! I also like how the UK paperback incorporates the hardcover’s colors.

Uprooted and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik- Naomi Novik’s UK covers scream fairytale, and both books’ color schemes work so well together!

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Vengeful by V.E. Schwab- I just want every version ever of Vengeful. I love how red, black, and white are found in most of V.E. Schwab’s covers.

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord– Emery Lord’s UK cover design team must be pretty amazing, because I of course love the UK cover to my favorite book of hers.

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Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins- Okay, but who doesn’t want to eat the ice cream on this cover?

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Collector’s Edition)- The most coveted book on this list, it’s an understatement to say that the collector’s edition of Six of Crows is insanely gorgeous. This edition has a BEAUTIFUL cover, six character portraits, a letter from Leigh Bardugo, and red-sprayed edges.

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What UK editions would you love to add to your bookshelf? Share in the comments!

MY TYPE OF SHAKESPEARE: Always Never Yours Review

Summary: While she may be the star of Stillmont High School’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet, Megan Harper has never been the star of her own love story. Every guy she’s dated ends up with him falling in love with someone else. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on her dream of being a director and getting through her college application acting requirement. What’s not her dream? Starring as Juliet, especially when she’s used to be upstaged. In fact, with her mom in Texas and dad moving on to baby #2 with his new wife, Megan is pretty used to her exes and her family moving on without her. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who’s inspired by Rosaline from R+J and more similiar to Megan that she may realize.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

I, Haley of Fangirl Fury, reader and English major, am here to admit that I am not a huge Shakespeare fan. I’ve only read three of his plays, one of which was of course Romeo and Juliet. While  I’m not the biggest fan of Romeo and Juliet itself, I can now say I am a fan of Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s Always Never Yours. This book is perfect for fans of Jenn Bennett and Morgan Matson. Always Never Yours was the fluffy, heart-warming read that my soul needed after reading quite a few fantasy reads this fall.

As expected from the summary, Always Never Yours is a lot about Megan and romance. Megan was definitely a nice change from most YA contemporary protagonists, thanks to her strong, unapologetic personality and  self-confidence. Her love for directing instead of acting was pretty unique too.  I really liked getting to explore her relationships and feelings, especially with Owen by her side. While there is a focus on relationships, Always Never Yours is a lot about self-love. Just because Megan seems strong on the outside and says things don’t bother her too much (like one of her exes dating her best friend), she can understandingly not be so strong on the inside.

Outside of Megan’s relationships, I really liked Always Never Yours for its focus on friendship, family, and of course, theatre. Megan has a really strong support network between Anthony, Madeleine and Owen. We also get to explore her friends’ own relationship troubles. They each experience a sufficient amount of character development. I really liked getting to know Megan’s family. And of course let’s not forget the main setting: Romeo and Juliet! It was so much seeing the production come together by the end of the novel, and I completely loved Megan’s sarcastic take on Juliet. Definitely my favorite R+J/Shakespeare-themed novel ever!

Overall, I enjoyed Always Never Yours for having a strong protagonist and funny, yet heartwarming story that I flew through in a day! I’m highly anticipating Emily and Austin’s next novel, If I’m Being Honest (which like, Always Never Yours, has a GORGEOUS cover).

 Have you read Always Never Yours? Is If I’m Being Honest on your TBR? Share in the comments!

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 editionIMG_6627
  • I need a spin-off following Borte PLEASE. She was so freaking funny.
  • One of Dorian’s transformation had me reeling with laugher
  •  I had dreams about Aelin and Nesryn the night I finished reading
  • Kingdom of Ash gave me one of my very few book hangovers
  • I need The World of Throne of Glass NOW. Please. Fingers-crossed that this book acutally comes out in 2019

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Since I didn’t write a full review for the sake of spoilers, and frankly I don’t know if a review could cover all of my thoughts without entirely taking up Fangirl Fury, today I want to discuss why the Throne of Glass series and Kingdom of Ash means so much to me.

As many of you likely know, I am an unapologetic SJM fan. It’s not a year without having read at least one SJM book. While I love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series for different reasons (if you thought KoA had some steam, just wait until you meet Rhysand), ToG is my favorite of SJM’s two published series.

I picked up Throne of Glass in May 2015 as a junior in high school. I largely read ToG because of Booktube, but man was I hooked. I soon moved on to Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, in anticipation for Queen of Shadows to come out in September. I attended one of Sarah’s signings for Queen of Shadows, in a Costco of all places! Those were the days when you could show up to one of her signings fifteen minutes before its start and be one of the first in line.

I then went on to read Empire of Storms upon release in September 2016. I still can’t figure out how I lasted until April 2018 to read Tower of Dawn, starring the love of my life, Chaol Westfall! I also met Sarah again at Book Con 2017, where she signed my copy of Crown of Midnight and we fangirled together over Charlie Bowater’s just-released artwork for A Court of War and Ruin.

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So what does Throne of Glass mean to me? Well for starters, ToG influenced me to pick up more YA fantasy. ToG is one of the few high-fantasy stories that I’ve ever read, largely in part to SJM’s amazing cast, the romance, and the humor! Once things become somewhat lighter for Aelin and co. in Kingdom of Ash, SJM pulled out all the funny moments, from Aelin and Dorian’s sarcasm to Borte’s quick remarks. While I don’t want to say that the ToG feel real, because I don’t know anyone who could use fire to obliterate Valg demons or has iron nails & teeth, SJM’s writing makes ToG’s cast feel human and  relatable. Through Aelin and her female cast, I love Sarah’s themes of strength and possibility.

Call me sentimental, but I started reading ToG and SJM’s books as a junior in high school. Four years later, I am a junior in college who’s just finished Kingdom of Ash, her bookish heart somehow feeling both whole and broken. While we have The World of Throne of Glass to look forward to, especially since it’s going to feature the characters ten years after KoA, it’s going to feel very weird not to have a new sequel next year. I’d say that I’m not ready to let these characters go, which is true, but I know that Celaena Sardothein, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Rowan Whitehorn, Chaol Westfall, Irene Towers, Dorian Havilliard, Aedion Ashryver, Manon Blackbeak, Elide Lochan, Lorcan Salvaterre, and others will never leave my bookish heart.

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Are you a Throne of Glass fan? Have you read Kingdom of Ash? Share in the comments!