Top 5 Tuesday | Main Males

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

Today’s Top 5 is probably my favorite topic so far. I get to talk about my Book Boyfriends in ALL their glory and you are not prepared for how hard I’m about to fangirl. Please be warned that you will see a lot of all caps and text screaming as I share my love for these fictional men.

Jace Herondale from The Shadowhunter Chronicles

In case you didn’t already know, the #1 LOML is Jace Herondale. He first shows up in The Mortal Instruments and makes appearances in all of Cassandra Clare’s later books. He’s a sarcastic, half-angel warrior and I’m obsessed. If I have a book boyfriend type it’s the self-sacrificing hero with maximum-level wit & humor. He is also a fellow Gryffindor and I approve. See below for more evidence that Jace is an amazing, magical warrior-angel.

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Simon Randell from The Empirium Trilogy

Simon is a new addition to my favorite male leads list. He’s also my favorite Slytherin love. If you’re into moody, bossy heartbreakers who do whatever it takes to get their end game, you will love Simon. *Side note: I DIE for baby Simon. This series has some time travel involved and seeing Baby Simon transition to adult Simon GIVES ME LIFE.

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Nik Malikov from The Illuminae Files

Introducing my Hufflepuff boyfriend, Nik Malikov. He’s meant to be the comedic relief in Gemina & Obsidio (those books get INTENSE) and his humor DOES SOMETHING TO ME. He is also part of a Russian Mob family and has tattoos galore and I’m here for that sort of thing. Everyone needs a Nik Malikov in their life.

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Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses

Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court. That is all. He is the definition of a feminist and will do anything to protect his family. He might need way more time to primp than I do, but I love him. He’s a great male lead.

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Finian de Seel from Aurora Rising

I’m SO obsessed with Squad 312. It was hard for me not to cheat and do a 2-for-1 combo here with Tyler and Fin, and my heart told me that Fin was my main man. He’s an alien tech whiz with white-blonde hair and dashing wit. Yeah, he can be kinda annoying sometimes, but he is the Ravenclaw I want around!

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What did you think of my picks? Do we have any main males in common? Any boys you think I’d love?

Top 5 Tuesday | I Could NOT Put These Books Down

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Today we’re talking the top books I could not put down. You are probably going to see a lot of familiar titles on this list, because I definitely rave about my favorites whenever I can (so they probably made some of the my other top 5 lists).

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Illuminae Files is one of my favorite series is ALL TIME. It has crazy artificial intelligence, aliens, evil space corporations, and ALL the sassy characters. My favorite is the second in the series, Gemina. The stakes are high, Nik Malikov is the best, and did I mention the aliens?!

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A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a solid 3-star book in my opinion, BUT the sequel is such an amazing book. There are unexpected twists & turns, hot faerie boys, and so much emotion. And did I mention the hot faerie boys?

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Another series that I’m obsessed with. I couldn’t put down any of these books, but the first book is my favorite. Rich boarding school boys, feminist badass heroines, and tons of magic.

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Roar by Cora Carmack

This series is about magical storms, a princess with epic powers, and a kingdom that needs saving. I’m SO excited for Rage and all I can think about is Prince Cassius, Aurora, and probably the most creepy villain I’ve ever encountered.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This series involves X-Men like storm powers, one of the WORST betrayals I’ve ever felt, and a monarchy that is just dying to be taken down. While the series has its ups & downs, the first book is amazing. I could not stop reading.

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BONUS: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

If you know me, you know I cannot go one post without talking about something Shadowhunters-related. So, I’m adding a bonus section to talk about my love for all things Cassie Clare. There were so many to choose from, but I went with Lord of Shadows because it’s an EPIC sequel. I lie awake at night thinking about how my heart was ripped out of my chest at the end…

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What did you think of my picks? Do we have any of the same unputdownable books? Any I should consider?

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.

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

Feyre Darling | A Court of Thorns & Roses Playlist

I created my Feyre playlist literally a year ago while I was obsessively binge-reading the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I also just realized I hadn’t shared it as a blog post yet, so here we are. There be spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.

The Breakdown

Feyre has one of my favorite come-up stories. She was beaten so low and works her way to a lighter, happier place. Here are some of the picks that remind me of her and her journey.

Pompeii, Bastille

For when Feyre finally breaks under the mountain…and then again when she breaks from being locked up in the Spring Court.

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Notable Lyrics: “I was left to my own devices. Many days fell away with nothing to show. And the walls kept tumbling down”

Rise Up, Andra Day

Just picture Rhys singing this to Feyre and trying to bring her out of the darkness…and weep with me.

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Notable Lyrics: “You’re broken down and tired of living life on a merry go round. And you can’t find the fighter but I see it in you so we gonna walk it out and move mountains”

Patience, Bad Suns

Feyre will always have to live with the traumatizing events that she went through, but she manages to turn those things into part of her strength and not let it define her. Like SJM says…there are good days and there are bad days. Don’t let the hard days win.

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Notable Lyrics: “I’m approaching a breakthrough. I’m happy now. Though, satisfaction comes and goes. While the saddest facts, they cling like shadows”

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What did you think of my picks? What songs would you add? Do you have any playlists you’d want me to create?

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.

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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.

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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 I Almost DNF…But Ended Up Loving!

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Today we’re talking about hate to love relationships with our books and I can’t wait to talk about all the times I’ve been wrong! I’m one of those readers that won’t DNF books because it feels like failure. I’ll push through even the most boring stories, just so I could say I didn’t waste my time starting a book and putting it down. And sometimes my stubbornness actually works out, because I find a book that I actually end up loving! So, without any more rambling, here are my top 5.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This one wasn’t technically an almost DNF, but I refused to read it for so long. One of my sisters tried to get me to read this series for probably a year and I kept denying her because contemporary love stories just aren’t my thing. But, I finally decided to give them a chance (mostly because Netflix and Noah Centineo) and may I just say I can’t believe I had missed out on Peter Kavinsky for soooo long! He is a dream boat and Lara Jean is such a lovable dork. My number one regret was waiting so long to read this series.

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A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J Maas

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought the first book in this series was a 3-star read. I didn’t hate it, but there was just something about it that seemed off. BUT, of course I bought the rest of the series because I need to know all the things, and BOY WAS I IN FOR A TREAT. A Court of Mist and Fury is one of my all time favorite books and I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this series after book one like I almost did.

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Okay, so I didn’t end up actually loving this one, but the ending of this book definitely did save the entire thing for me. I was so bored for a good two-thirds of this one but I’m so glad I kept reading because that plot twist at the end was amazing. Cruel Prince still didn’t live up to the hype for me, but I am totally going to read Wicked King solely because of the last 100 pages.

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Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This was another book that took too long to get going. I had heard so many great things about it, but it took me forever to get through the first half. I almost stopped reading, but I’m glad I kept going because, once again, the ending made it worth it.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

3 triplets, all with super powers, destined to fight to the death on their 16th birthday. The concept sounds great, right? Because, it is! It took me awhile to get into the story, but it picks up and when the fighting goes down things get intense.

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What did you think of my picks? What almost DNF books did you end up loving? Should I give them a try?

Top 5 Tuesday | Books With Magic

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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

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

Feysand | A Court of Thorns and Roses Playlist

*Spoiler ahead if you haven’t read the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series*

Now that my spoiler warning is out of the way I can freely discuss my love for Rhysand and his love for Feyre. This is the ultimate hate-to-love story and there’s no changing my mind! This playlist has a lot of conflicting emotions and I hope you listen to this in your car and dance around like I do.

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If you’re looking for some epic breakup music, check out my Feylin playlist! It has enough angst to soothe the soul.

The Breakdown

Here are a few of my favorite choices and why I thought they fit on this playlist.

Do You Want Me (Dead?), All Time Low

Rhys and Feyre started off on the wrong foot, but I always wondered what was really going on with them. Do they hate each other or not? Well, I found my answer, but this is still them at the end of book 1 and the beginning of book 2.

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Notable Lyrics: “Do you want me? Or do you want me dead?”

Starlight, Taylor Swift

Tell me this isn’t the perfect song to be playing in the background during their first Starfall together. Plus, it’s Taylor…so of course I love it.

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Notable Lyrics: “It was the best night, never would forget how we moved.
The whole place was dressed to the nines, and we were dancing, dancing. Like we’re made of starlight”

Bright, Echosmith

It was so fun finding songs that alluded to stars and night because they just fit Rhys and Feyre SO well.

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Notable Lyrics: “And I see colors in a different way. You make what doesn’t matter fade to grey. Life is good and that’s the way it should be.”

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What did you think of my picks? What songs would you add? Do you have any playlists you’d want me to create?

Feylin | A Court of Thorns & Roses Playlist

First things first, if you haven’t read the first two books in Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series, click out of this post – spoilers ahead! But you really should read this series, because it is amazing. I promise.

For everyone else who is still with me, welcome to the most epic breakup playlist ever, probably. I binge-read this entire series within the span of a week and the entire time I couldn’t help but feel like I needed to listen to epic, symphonic music that made me want to cry and that will definitely show here.

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If you tell me you didn’t like Tamlin for at least a second, you’re either lying or a way better judge of character than I was. For me, watching Feyre fall for Tamlin and then realize he was a total tool was a train wreck that I couldn’t look away from.

The Breakdown

Here are a few of my favorite choices and why I thought they fit on this playlist.

Don’t Blame Me, Taylor Swift

Again, Taylor Swift works for every occasion! Feyre goes way past her limits trying to save Tamlin and she went crazy.

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Notable Lyrics: “For you, I would cross the line. I would waste my time
I would lose my mind. They say she’s gone too far this time.”

Heartbreaker, Bad Suns

Imagine this song playing the moment Tamlin locks Feyre up to “protect” her.

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Notable Lyrics: “Your love is toxic. My heart collapsing.”

Heart of Glass, Blondie

The moment Feyre finally realizes TAMLIN. ISN’T. THE. ONE. 🙌

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Notable Lyrics: “Once I had a love and it was a gas. Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find. Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind.”

If you’re looking for some Rhysand action, you’re in luck! This playlist has more love songs and more drama.

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What did you think of my picks? What songs would you add?

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?