Review | Kingdom of Ash Put Me In a Major Book Hangover

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By: Sarah J Maas

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Aelin is in an iron coffin. Rowan is looking for his mate. Aedion and Lysandra are trying to hold off demon-soldier hoards. Dorian and Manon are off looking for some keys and witches. Chaol is off being an annoying d-bag per yoozh. Meanwhile Maeve and Erawan are just doing their thing, trying to take over the world.

How does this end? I will tell you…AMAZINGLY. It’s been almost a month and I have yet to get over this epic ending.

Theme Song

Stealing this from my Rowaelin playlist because I just think it fits SO WELL. Every relationship, every plot line, everything is just End Game.

The Good

Character Arcs

I didn’t think it was possible for me to love these characters more than I already did, but I guess war really does bring out the best in people. All the main players manage to grow and thrive, even through all the hardships. And, I can’t believe I’m going to say this…but even Chaol was great in his own way. He didn’t annoy me once and that’s a pretty big accomplishment since I’ve managed to hate him for 70% of the entire series.

The Downfalls

Does it make me evil that I actually enjoyed the fact that not everything in this story works out? War is being fought in every corner of the world and I don’t think I would have been as happy if everything was a-ok and the heroes always won. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and I’m perfectly okay with that.

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The Feels

I had to stop reading at least 10 times to give myself a chance to recover from all the emotions. Even when happy things happened, I still found myself wanting to cry tears of joy. I hate hugging and showing any type of emotion…but SJM brought me to the brink of a nervous breakdown and I lived for it. If you live for having your heart ripped out and pieced back together multiple times, you’ll love this story.

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The Bad

This Could Have Been Two Books

There were several major events that take place in this book, but there’s a point where things go from slowly, slooooowwllly progressing to much MUCH more urgent. 0 to 100 in less than 10 pages. I felt like I was reading two different stories. And, while I know the set up was important, there were a few places where this book could have stopped…and then started up again as a new book. I guess this is just me being selfish and wanting more?

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The Ugly Truth

I LOVED THIS BOOK. It’s now mid-November and I still haven’t gotten over all my feels. I can’t read anything new because I’m still stuck in Terrasen with the Cadre and Aelin and I don’t mind it one bit. This might be up at the top of my favorite series endings right along with Deathly Hallows.

Talk To Me

Have you read this yet? If so, what did you think of it? Are you in a book hangover like me? Will it ever end?

Top 5 Tuesday | Books With Magic

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

Today we’re talking about books with magic! You’d think this would have been easy, but it was so hard to choose just five. I just love me some magical stories.

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

I know this is going to be on everyone’s list but come on, it’s HOGWARTS. Wands, magically appearing buffets for every meal, flying brooms, flying cars, floating candles…this list goes on literally forever. Rowling was one of the first authors to introduce me to an expansive fantasy world and I love her for it. The magical world of Harry Potter will never get old. How long will I love it? …Always.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The magical world that is Brakebills Academy is a darker, way more emo version of Harry Potter and the world of Filory is a way more messed up Narnia. Reader Beware: Magic doesn’t solve everyone’s problems in this series, it actually makes things worse most of the time. Which is why I kinda live for this series. If you want to test the waters, watch the show on SyFy! It’s so, so, so good.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

There’s a psychic, a dreamer, a magician, a ghost, some immortal royalty and demons. The Raven Cycle has every type of magic you can possibly imagine and it just works. Add in the Deep South setting of Virginia and some Ley lines and you have the makings of an amazingly magical story. If you don’t read this for the magic, read it for Gansey and his crew!

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

I had to get this in here because KINGDOM OF ASH IS OUT TODAY, and who doesn’t love a fantasy series with every kind of magic you can possibly think of. It has fire magic, healing magic, immortal faerie blood magic, witch magic, demon magic…the list goes on. You get it right? If you like Cinderella and always wondered what she would be like as a badass Faerie QUEEN, you should read this.

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The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

I LOVE the Shadowhunter world and any chance I get to talk about it, I will. The magic in these books is based around demonic and angelic power, which makes it that much more enjoyable for me. I love a good angel vs. demon, good vs. evil story. Especially when the lines get all muddled and grey. If you’re magic because you have some demon blood in you, are you evil? Let’s ask Magnus Bane, Tessa Grey, Catarina Loss and all the other amazing warlocks of the world! (PS, I’m still in love with Jace Herondale.)

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PPS: Magnus is awesome, but don’t ever mention the Shadowhunters show

Talk To Me

What did you think of my picks? What are your favorite books with magic?

October TBR

October tbr.jpgI decided to dedicate this month to – mostly – horror & thrillers. I don’t give my scary
stories enough love even though they are some of my favorites. I mean, who doesn’t love
a good scare?

Here are some of the books I’m excited to get through before Halloween. I’ve had IT for almost a year and have yet to dive in, even though I’ve seen both movie adaptations. As you can see, Stephen King is a theme here – he is the master of horror!
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In other news I’m sitting here patiently waiting for Kingdom of Ash to drop on the 23rd, at which time my horror thrills will take a back seat. I NEED to know how this ends. Love Throne of Glass as much as I do? Check out one of my playlists!

Talk to Me: What are you excited to read this month?