TL; DR | March Speed Reviews

Check out my mini reviews of all my March 2019 reads!

How is it spring already? How are we already a quarter way through 2019? How have I managed to read 6 books this month and not review any of them yet? Well, I’ll tell you why, because I’ve been neglecting my blog for the greatness that is Elias Veturius (more on that below). I promise to have full reviews for these soon, but since it’s the end of March – here’s some TL; DR action!

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By: Claire Legrand

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

This is a creepy, dark, feminist Rage Fest for the masses. The main ladies are diverse, unique and so refreshingly weird. Read for a new take on female friendships. Down with the patriarchy! You will rage so hard against the antagonist(s) and love the ending. I love monster stories, so it gets bonus points just for that.

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By: Laura Sebastian

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

This is book two in the Ash Princess trilogy and I was not disappointed. It wasn’t as amazing as Ash Princess – I really wish there was more magic – but it definitely lives up to the hype. If you were ever into Avatar the Last Airbender, you’ll enjoy book one. And if you’re into strong, independent queens who don’t need a man by their side to kick ass and take names, you’ll fall in love with Theo in book 2.

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By: Holly Black

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

For all my Cruel Prince fans, please don’t hate me, but this series DOES NOT live up to the hype…like at all. The Wicked King wasn’t everything I expected it to be, but it was way better than The Cruel Prince, so I’m giving it a one-up in my star rating. I’m also going to be petty with my rating and say that Jude gets what she deserves and so much more, and I enjoyed seeing her fumble. I still hate Taryn. Locke is the absolute worst. And Cardan is an evil little d-bag (but he can stay because for some odd reason I’m kind of into it). Even though I didn’t enjoy this as much as the masses, the ending was honestly so great.

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By: Sarah J Maas

Overall Rating: ★★★

The Verdict

It’s been a full year since I’ve read ACOTAR so I decided to reread the series in between some of the newer titles I’m getting to. The first time around, I rated this one 3 stars because I couldn’t get behind Tamlin, and Feyre was a whiny brat. Knowing all the twists and turns now (and obviously that SJM is an evil-genius who deserves an award for playing with my emotions) I’m still giving this 3 stars. The set up is worth the outcome in books 2 and 3, so PLEASE READ, but don’t expect book 1 to take your breath away.

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By: Sabaa Tahir

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS SOONER?! An amazing fantasy world with complex characters and an intense plot. Elias Veturius is the most irresistible f*ckboi ever and I love him to death. Laia is a bit on the annoying side, but she grows on you. I felt like I was reading a Game of Thrones X Throne of Glass Saga and I was not disappointed with the oracular fortune telling, political scheming, and magic. I started book two immediately. Which leads me to…

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By: Sabaa Tahir

Overall Rating: ★★★★

The Verdict

Per yoozsh, book two isn’t as amazing as book one, but it’s great in its own right. The book is narrated by Elias, Laia and now Helene. If I’m being honest, Helene’s chapters were boring AF but for some reason I can’t resist her character arc. 75% of this book also felt like I was watching season 6 of Game of Thrones. Everyone gets separated, they are all traveling/trying to make it the epic battle, and I had to wait most of the book for the crazy sh*t to go down. BUT, the wait was worth it. That ending…wow. Excuse me while I binge Reaper At The Gates.

Talk To Me

What did you think of my reads this month? Will you be adding any to your TBR? Have you read any of these already?

Book Tag | Song Requests!

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GUUUYYYSSS, Fiction No Chaser tagged me in the Song Requests challenge and I’m so excited for this. I already add theme songs to all my book reviews and I create bookish playlists, because I am also that nerd who hears a song and thinks “OMG this is so [Insert Character Name Here]”. I hope you like my song & book picks!

Rules:

  • Thank and link back to tagger.
  • Credit to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to tagger’s song requests! After you’re done listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think best goes along with that song and tell us why you chose it!
  • Request 3 songs of your own! Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that think go well with said song) you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people!

Fiction No Chaser’s Songs:

1.”Longshot” by Catfish and the Bottlemen

This is DEF Ronan and Adam and has The Raven King written all over it. I looooove this.

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Go, ahead and tell me you got all you want
Fiver says you’re wrong
And I suppose you’ve come down to help me
Move things along
And we lapped it up and we’re wise enough to know
How it goes to get me honey
But we’re wise enough to know
How it goes to get me honey
‘Cause we know this feeling all a little too well
Listen, the distance between us, could’ve took a while
Once we closed that difference, you turned up like a friend of mine
Every once in a while, the little things make me smile
As if one of our longshots paid off

2. “Here’s to the Heartache” by Nothing More

This song is so dark and emo and reminds me of Cat and Cole from This Mortal Coil.

What if I told you life was built to break?Mortal
What if I warned you, you can’t outrun your fate?

So here’s to the heartache
Here’s to the mistakes
We’ll drink to all the years, the tears
That led to this place
So here’s to the heartache

Here’s to the dark days
It’s been a long wait
We’ll drink to all the years, the tears
That led to this place

3. “Lydia” by Highly Suspect

This is Marjorie singing to Merry in A Head Full of Ghosts. This book is so sick and Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 6.22.16 PMtwisted and it matched the vibes of this song so well.

Black ocean, cold and dark
I am the hungry shark, fast and merciless

I’ve seen better days
So unafraid in my youth
I can’t breathe, much less believe the truth

My muscles will contract, your bones will crack
It’s just a fact cause I am here to win this fight

My Songs

1. “This Is Gospel” by Panic! At the Disco

This song will forever remind me of the Shadowhunter world. 32212384_191594128327306_983399776793919488_n

This is gospel for the fallen ones
Locked away in permanent slumber
Assembling their philosophies
From pieces of broken memories
The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds
But they haven’t seen the best of us yet
If you love me let me go
If you love me let me go
‘Cause these words are knives that often leave scars
The fear of falling apart
And truth be told, I never was yours

2. “Love Like Revenge” by Bad Suns

This song reminds me of Ash Princess and the relationship between Theo and Soren. Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 6.20.04 PM

I swallow all my fear, it’s clear to me
There’s no good in lies I want to believe
I know, you know, how bad we both need this
Trust me, we can put the past behind us
Meet me at the place where love once found us
But no
You wear your love like revenge
You wear your love like revenge
Swallow all your fear and try to see
There’s no good in lies you want to believe
Am I happy, no, I’m just distracted

3. “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant

Even though it’s not my favorite series, I do enjoy the heists and cons in the Six of Crows duology, and this song is definitely a MOOD for both books.

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Money don’t grow on trees
I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed
There ain’t nothing in this world for free
Oh no, I can’t slow down, I can’t hold back
Though you know, I wish I could
Oh no there ain’t no rest for the wicked
Until we close our eyes for good

Friends I’m Tagging!

If you’re tagged, I hope you enjoy! If you don’t want to work this into your schedule, no biggie. If you’re not tagged, and you want to join in, feel free! Just tag me if you use my picks so I can read your post and fall in love with your music!

Ann – AnnMarieSwaim.com

Erin – Undercover Binge Reader

Chloe – It’s YA Girl

Arin – Tomes Of Our Lives

Malin – GrimmsNaught