And I Darken by Kiersten White || Book Review

“I am the dragon.”

Yes Lada you are the dragon!

Lada is so inspirational I cannot even begin to explain how awesome she is. However, I will attempt to. To begin this review I should probably start by telling you a little run down of this book. This is a fabulous retelling of Vlad the Impaler and if that isn’t enough to get you to pick up the book, it is also a gender swap thingy meaning the one and only Lada is the female version of Vlad the Impaler.

If you do not know much about Vlad the Impaler don’t stress, this book is even better when you don’t know the story line. Or at least I’m assuming, I knew only bits and pieces of the story line but I was still surprised on how everything happened.

The chapters of this book are short and I could not wish for anything more in my life than small chapters! It just makes it so much easier to read the book and it feels at least eight times quicker to read. The plot is fast paced and is bound to always capture your attention. There were some suspenseful moments but I think overall the fate of Lada and Radu was the most stressful thing for me. I just need them to be happy and safe!!!!!

As for the characters, Lada was incredible and, as I said before, so inspiring (even if she is a little bit stabby stabby every now and then). If someone ever writes a cross over where Lada goes into the Throne of Glass world I will read it non stop. She is so determined and unwilling to give in to things she does not believe in. She is confident and strong minded. Urg, I cannot even begin to explain my love for this dragon.

Radu, Lada’s brother, wasn’t my biggest fan at the beginning but I know that’s because strong minded characters are always my favourite. Luckily for me, I started to like Radu once he got older and started to take things into his own hands.

The world building in this book was spectacular, I’ve actually done three assessment pieces in the past eight weeks of school based on the Islamic religion, so I found it so interesting to read about it in a book. Especially from Lada’s point of view who wants to protect her own religion and not give in to another.

Overall, I highly recommend this book and if you know of any ya historical fantasy books please let me know because And I Darken had made me so interested in reading more stories based on the past.


Have you read this book, what did you think of it?

My goodread’s review is here.

Until next time,

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Character Road Trip

I’ve been thinking about the holidays lately and I figured how fun would it be to go on a road trip with my favourite characters? The correct answer is very fun indeed. So I think I’m just going to list four characters seeing I will take up the fifth car seat.


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The very first character who is a must is the wonderful Lysandra. She is must purely because she is my favourite character ever and I feel as though she would be a bit of a piece keeper in the car. Maybe she could control the music.

 

 

 

 


The driver would have to be someone like Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury, who is very cool, calm, collected and won’t freak out when high pitch squeals come from the back seats when people fight over not enough space. Although this position could also be swapped with Rhysand who would likely pretend that he wasn’t lost by making jokes about everyone else in the car to distract them.21909629_177354319488117_3817248941343244288_n


I, myself, will have the middle seat of the car because there is no way I’m not going to try and annoy every one of my favourite characters by nonstop talking. It’s just the way it’s going to work.


On one of my sides will be seated Jesper from Six of Crows. I have chosen him to come on this completely likely to happen car trip because I feel as though he would be hilarious and understand why I make awful jokes (hopefully he would laugh at them so I wouldn’t feel bad)six-of-crows-jesper


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The final seat in the car goes to none other than Lada from And I Darken. It was a tough choice and I was kind of leaning towards another throne of glass character but I figured I should spread outside of my usual all Sarah J Maas talk and pick a character from something else. Lada has that bit of sass I would no doubt find hilarious even though she means every single word she speaks. Alongside Lysandra, she would also be able to stop fights by just threatening everyone (to be far though, Lada and Rhysand would likely be the ones to argue).

 


My car seats are all full, but who would you take on a road trip?

Until next time,

Stories I Need Written

I always see writing prompts on pinterest and I must have them written especially seeing I expand on a lot of them and they seem so interesting!

Here are some of the stories I need written (please feel free to write them cause I must read them)


An Angel Story…

Where all angels are sorted to become dancers or soldiers. They grow up in training for whichever one however, once they turn eighteen they must pass a test to decided whether or not they are allowed to be in the King’s army or preform in the castle. If they do not make the cut, then their wings are cuts and they must have a regular job. Clearly everyone wants to keep their wings so they try really really hard.

I’ve made a pinterest board for this story already:

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Beauty and The Beast Retelling…

Where they don’t end up together and the Beast is happy staying in beast form because he actually rather enjoys it. So instead the two just become friends and share the library. This way whenever people pick on Belle she just whistles and the beast comes out of no where to scared everyone. The big issue in this story is that Belle’s sister starts to like the beast and he starts to fall for her so Belle does everything she can to sabotage it.


An Assassin Story…

Except this is in the normal world and this teenage girl also has to deal with school. No one knows that she is an assassin except for the people she works for. Every now and then people will ask her what she is thinking having a knife strapped to her leg and she just has to pretend it is for the school musical. Each time she is asked she spends the night trying to find better hiding places. The big issue in this story is that the principal is onto her and wants to stop her, she has no reason to kill him so she just has to try harder to keep hidden cause she doesn’t want to be expelled. Plus she needs good grades cause she sort of wants to be a doctor if this whole assassin thing doesn’t work out.


An Aladdin Retelling of Sorts…

Except… the genie is already with the evil ruler. This genie loves to go into the city square and steal things and just in general being annoying cause it is the only fun he/she can have. A ruler from another kingdom comes in with a secret agenda, he/she wants to steal the genie he/she plans on doing this by making the genie love them, even though he/she is betrothed to the son/daughter of the evil ruler.

In fact I have already made a pinterest board for this one:

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Are there any stories you want told?

Until next time,

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser || Book Review

I have many feelings about this book while also having none at the same time.

The Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser follows a sailer named Caro who is tasked with delivering cargo to the north. Within less that 24 hours she manages to break her contract and make things approximately 98% more difficult for everyone.

I really did enjoy the beginning and middle of this book, unfortunately the end was a really big let down for me. During the final 10% of the book, I came close to dnfing the book, which is insane seeing I already had the majority of it done.

Although this book was by far the most predictable I have ever read, I enjoyed the plot. I do wish that the story was a little more fleshed out and not as rushed. It seemed to be jumping from one thing to another with no time to process. With that said, if you are looking for a really quick read, this one would be a wonderful option.

The characters did bug me a tad but it wasn’t over there personalities, it was just because of the way they acted to the very predictable things that happened. Actually strike all that Caro frustrated me 70% of the time by doing the dumbest things. She literally points out that her father says to always read a contract twice… what does she do? SHE DOESN’T READ IT AT ALL. Caro then proceeds to say that she sound have read it. LIKE YEAH CARO YOU SHOULD HAVE!!!

I would say the first 300 pages of this book is a solid 3/5 stars and the final 75 probably somewhere between 0-2 stars. However, I do hope to one day have enough time to go back and read this book again.


Have you read this book? What did you think?

My goodread’s review can be found here

Until next time,

Alternative Book Titles

*Evil Laughter*

I just thought of an idea to write better/ alternative book titles for all the books one my shelf (that I have read).

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A Court of Thorns and Rose Trilogy [Sarah J Maas]

ACOTAR > The Huntress

ACOMAF > The Star Stealer

ACOWAR > The Dreamer


The Crown’s Game [Evelyn Skye]Round One Fight

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Throne of Glass Series [Sarah J Maas]

Throne of Glass > I’m just an assassin

Crown of Midnight > Jk

Heir of Fire > You think banning magic is enough to stop me?

Queen of Shadows > *Evil laughter*

Empire of Storms > I want my kingdom back and I want it now!

Tower of Dawn > Celaena wants her kingdom back so I’m gonna help – Chaol

The Assassin’s Blades > Sam Cortland Reigns Forever.


The Six of Crows Duology [Leigh Bardugo]

Six of Crows > Two of Crows (Just Inej and Kaz)

Crooked Kingdoms > Kingdom for two (Just Inej and Kaz)


The Red Queen Series [Victoria Aveyard]

Red Queen > Gladiator

Glass Sword > Gladiator in slow motion

King’s Cage > Gladiator on repeat

Storm war > yet to be read, yet to be judged


The Lunar Chronicles [Marissa Meyres]

These names are all perfect so I’m just going to do the male versions

Cinder > Cinder (I hate Kai)

Scarlet > Wolf

Cress > Thorn

Winter > Winter (I just love winter)


Vicious Depths [Madeline Stanford] > This version of Hell seems to be alright

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I was actually planning on this being a serious thing, but then I got a little carried away. Maybe in a version 2 of this, I will try harder to create better titles.

Do you have any book title changes?

Until next time,

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas || Book Review

My Throne of Glass reread is officially over!!! I loved every single moment of this reread and will most likely be completing it again next year before the final book makes it was into my hands.

This series as a whole constantly has me on my toes and racing (and I mean racing) to find out what happens next. Sarah J Maas actually blows my mind away with her writing. If you wouldn’t mind, could you please tell me how it is possible for someone to be this talented at writing???

Empire of Storms especially, but the rest of the series as well, shows just how much effort Sarah J Maas put into this series. There are so many simple and yet so complex details that are put throughout the story that are overlooked and then three books later you are left going “OMG THAT IS WHAT THAT THING MEANT HOW COULD I BE SO STUPID? HOW DID I NOT SEE THAT???”

I do remember reading this book for the first time and hearing a lot of people say that they did not feel connected to Celaena as much as they had been in previous books. I however, feel that this was because there were so many plot lines twisting into each other. This is the book were everything clicks into place.  Although, to be far, there is still a lot more to happen. I do understand why people felt disconnected. It’s because Celaena throughout this book is keeping secrets, massive secrets, and as readers we are meant to feel excluded from these until Celaena pops up out of no where and leaves you saying “OMG THAT IS WHAT THAT THING MEANT HOW COULD I BE SO STUPID? HOW DID I NOT SEE THAT???”

There are so many ships in this book it’s impossible for you not to like one of them. Seriously though, there are so many opportunities for you to jump onboard one of the ships and say goodbye to your social life forever. (Or you could actually go on one of the ships, like boat ships, cause there are plenty of those in this book as well.) From my original read I was mainly team Rowan and Celaena as well as Aedion and Lysandra. But now I have also joined Elide and Lorcan plus Elide and Manon. No Dorian just yet because it kind of felt forced to me, but Dorian and Chaol will always live on forever in my heart.


And that my friends if my 11:53pm review of Empire of Storms, have you read this book? What did you think?? If you ever want to have an in depth conversation about this book or any other feel free to message me on bookstagram


My goodread’s review is here if you want to check it out.

Until next time,

October TBR

It’s almost Halloween and you know what that means??? It’s almost Christmas!!!! (which by the way is my favourite event ever (I love it more than my birthday))

Quick but funny story: In my house there are four seasons, not summer, winter, spirng, autumn, no, we have: Christmas, after Christmas, not Christmas and leading up to Christmas.

Christmas consist of Christmas. After Christmas consist of Christmas songs and discussions of how long we can keep the tree up for. Not Christmas consist of the occasional Christmas song and thinking of when it is a good time to draw secret santa names (this year it was August). Leading up to Christmas consist of putting up the tree, Christmas songs and yelling ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!


Back to the October TBR. I figured this month I should just keep it short and sweet with four books.

  1. Now I Rise [Kristen White]
  2. Dividing Eden [Joelle Charbonneau]
  3. Chimera [C.D Bell]
  4. Starborn [Lucy Hounson]

Looking at the list now I see that this month is the month of review-copy books (except Now I Rise). I’m so excited now to see what these books are like.

What are you reading this month?
Until next time,