Review of Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

27 08 2013

Let me be frank and say that I hopped on the band wagon for this series a little late. I read Throne of Glass just last month and became instantly hooked! I’m glad I happened upon this lovely ARC thanks to Literary Lushes ARC Tours.

Seriously, it was SO GOOD.

crown of midnight Finished: August 22th, 2013
Published: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 416

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?”

review logo

The much awaited sequel to Throne of Glass was heartachingly tragic and beautiful. It is right up there on devastating sequels with Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (which still leaves an ache in my chest). I was lost in this story once I got a hold of it and after an annoying intervention with life, finally sat down and read almost the entire book in one night. Seriously guys, this book is worth the wait!

characters logo

Celaena: Poor Celaema goes through a lot in this book. I’m not going to say what because they are MEGA spoilers, but she really does hit a couple emotional and psychological low points. My heart broke for her as betrayals and tragedies struck her again and again, but I’m glad that she eventually got it all together and kept up the strong powerful assassin we all know and love.

Chaol: I love Chaol. I’ve been in love with him since the first book and he won my heart over even more in this book. He’s softened up tremendously in this book since he started giving in to his feelings. There are some sexy scenes in here…just saying. He’s my favorite of her love interests and opens up a lot more. Gone is the silent seemingly always angry Captain of the Guard and now there is a delicious sweet heart finally opening himself up to love again.

Dorian: Dorian has his own surprises in this book and though he more or less disappears as a love interest, he still has his own plot line he has to deal with. The guy is finally growing balls against his father, they’re small now, but I expect great things from him in the next book.

Nehemia: She is brilliant and frustrating and loveable and absolutely secretive to a fault. The princess has her own set of secrets.

Archer: He is a new character and a courtesan. A sexy and devious courtesan. I had an off feeling about him since the beginning of the book and though his ridiculous good looks are really distracting (in a good way) there is more than meets the eye with this man of the night.

plot logo

The book takes place a little after Celaena is crowned the King’s Champion. The main point of this plot is Celaena’s struggle to save her targets without the King knowing and discovering what evil plan the ancient Queen Elena tells her that another evil threatens to destroy her world.

This book was a serious page turner! As more discoveries and twists and turns were unveiled, I found mself completely lost in this series onace again. Seriously guys, there are so many heart crushing scenes/truths (as there should be in the second book of a trilogy) that I can’t even keep them all in track.

final thoughts logo

Overall I absolutely adored this book filled with deception, turmoil, secrets, and a surprising death that threatens to change everything in Celaena’s world. Everyone who read Throne of Glass will love this sequel and no doubt stay awake wondering what will happen next. 5 out of 5 stars!

5star

Support the author and buy the book wherever books are sold (or borrow it from your library).





Review of The Swan Prince by Danielle Shipley

18 08 2013

Okay, so I know I’m a terrible friend for waiting some weeks before I could finally read this book, but I’m hoping this review will make up for it! As far as fantasy goes, this book was right up my alley!

swan-prince-cover-e-book Finished: August 18th, 2013
Published: May 31st 2013 by Ever On Word
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 178

“Catching her leg in a bear trap proves the least of Sula’s worries. Haunted by an enchanted monster from a past she dare not reveal, and hounded by the perilously perceptive young village doctor, Villem Deere, the headstrong girl of the woods gambles with fate by binding hers to that of Sigmund, the captivating orphan boy with mysterious nightly business of his own.

The Swan Prince
Book One of The Wilderhark Tales

~ ~

An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes, and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea. Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.”

review logo

Those of you who know me know I love twisted up fairy tales. I love books that send classic stories we know right on their heads and The Swan Prince was no exception! The story telling was beautiful and flowed with an elaborate writing style and yet managed to simplify itself enough so nothing flew over my head. I understood all aspects of this story and even managed to get a surprise of my own at the end (but more on that later).

characters logo

Sula: The main heroine of this story. I really enjoyed Sula as a character. She was secretive and honestly, a bit selfish which was a nice change from the selfless heroines I’ve grown accustomed to in fantasy (not that there is anything wrong with them). Her whole goal was to break the curse own her by any means necessary and she didn’t care how it happened so long as it did. I loved the hidden torment and the (somewhat) surprising twist of her curse. She was a fun spunky character with a mouth unlike any other’s in her world.

Sigmund: I liked Sigmund. He certainly wasn’t my favorite character, but I likes him all the same. He was a quiet guy and humble for a prince. The one thing I have to say about him though is the twist on his curse. DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING! (Seriously, it blew my mind).

Villum: My favorite (<3) character. Honestly, I thought he was an older guy until about half way through when I realized "Oops, he's actually a yummy piece of man meat!" After that I continuously drooled over him. He’s a smart guy, a doctor, and has a surprising secret of his own (which again was completely shocking and unexpected).

plot logo

This book, though short, was a real page turner! The story sucked me in from the first page and I found myself lost in its pages for some time. The world of Wilderhark was a stunning magical world filled with evil witches/enchantresses/sorceresses that had a grudge against royalty and enjoyed cursing them. It was fun to watch two three different storylines mingle into one big beautiful sad plot.

As for the romance aspect of the story (I know you’re all curious) I really enjoyed it. Certain people got together that I hadn’t expected and the one romance you expected to happen had an interesting twist of its own. It was a fun circle of confusion and fighting and love.

final thoughts logo

Filled with romance, mystery, dark secrets, magic spells, and a surprise twist ending I certainly did not see coming! Seriously, I screamed when I read it and immediately wrote Danielle an email about how devious she was! I HIGHLY recommend this book for fantasy lovers and twisted fairytale lovers! I’m giving it a 4 1/2 out of 5 because it was so short and because of that ending!

4 and a half stars

Support the author and buy the book wherever books are sold (or borrow it from your library).





Cover Reveal for The Stone Kingdom (Book 2 of the Wilderhark Tales) by Danielle Shipley

9 08 2013

A couple months ago I featured a book series by a dear friend of mine, The Swan Prince (Book 1 of The Wilderhark Tales). Now I’m happy to reveal the cover of book 2 and a blurb. So without further ado, I give you the cover of The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)!

Stone Kingdom Cover, front Book Details:

Full Title: “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)”

ISBN: 978-0-9891846-1-8

Genre: Young Adult Fairytale

Length: Novella (179 pages)

Release Date: September 20th, 2013

Future availability: Paperback (Amazon.com) and eBook (Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com)

Add “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads shelf today!

Doesn’t that cover look gorgeous? If you think that is something, check out the blurb below!


Back of Book Blurb:

“Love and prince,

Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;

For blood begins,

But naught can be put right by blood alone.”

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened

on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine

her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle

to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom

Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales

~ ~

An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;

A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;

Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –

All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories –

of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist

the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns

appearing just in time for a midnight ball;

of frog princes, and swan princes,

and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales.

Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

danielleAbout the Author: Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it at http://www.EverOnWord.wordpress.com.





Just some updates

8 08 2013

Hey everyone!

So last month I took part in the 2013 Summer Author Blitz and hosted the lovely C.C. Hunter, author of the Shadow Falls series! I already contacted the Internation Winner and received all the necessary info. back but so far the US winner has yet to respond. I emailed the first person and didn’t receive a reply after a week, emailed them again, saying I would pick another in 2 days if they did not reply. They did not reply, so I picked another winner, giving them 2 days to get back to me. Its been 4 days since then and STILL no reply, so I have picked another winner!

Jillian Keener! If any of you happen to know Jillian, make sure they get back to me by Monday so they can get their prize or another person will be chosen!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In other news, I know I’ve been behind in reviewing, but I finally got a job! I’ll being working evenings (which is my normal blogging time) so I may be slow over the next few months until I get used to things. I’ll have an awesome blog post tomorrow with a cover reveal for one of my dear friend’s books, and a review later this week!

Please bare with me as I get used to the changes going on in my life and be on the look out for some fun posts coming up!

*Serious face*

*Serious face*





Zombies and Mobsters and Timelords, Oh My!

3 08 2013

Oh my gosh! Zombies in Vegas!

Oh my gosh! Zombies in Vegas!

Hello everyone! I know its been a couple weeks since my Lost Las Vegas adventure, but I finally got around to uploading all the pictures and am here to share them with you!

For those of you who don’t know, I went for 5 days for my Aunt’s wedding, and boy was it fun! I spent most of my time off the strip (highly overrated in my opinion) and instead hung around Fremont Street! If you want to see some wonderful weirdos, Fremont Street is the place you need to be!

After two hours of boring car travel, I checked into Main Street Station just shy of Fremont Street by about a block. It was smaller than most of the strip hotels, but the architecture and decorations were absolutely beautiful!

Main Street Station - The hotel I stayed in. It has the most beautiful buffet in all of Vegas!

Main Street Station – The hotel I stayed in. It has t he most beautiful biffet in all of Vegas!

I literally pigged out at the buffet, which I will mention again, was GORGEOUS! I ate so much stew!

The next day before the wedding we went to the Zombie Apocalypse Store!

AgfaPhoto

The store was really awesome, even if it was small! It had survival food packs, weapons, souveniors, survival gear, and anything you might need in case the undead decide to rise again! There was even a fun little shooting game. The whole point of it was to hit as many of the targets as you can with 18 shots. I averaged 50% of the shots (I only hit 9 targets)!

Zombie Shooting Range

Zombie Shooting Range

Nothing like shootin' up some zombies on a Saturday afternoon.

Nothing like shootin’ up some zombies on a Saturday afternoon.

Here are a few more fun pics from the Zombie Apocalypse Store:

Zombie apocalypse Clean Up Crew - For all your body disposing needs.

Zombie apocalypse Clean Up Crew – For all your body disposing needs.

He's been bitten! (My poor brother!)

He’s been bitten! (My poor brother!)

This was playing on a screen with a bunch of zombie attack footage.

This was playing on a screen with a bunch of zombie attack footage.

So after a close encounter with the undead kind, we went back to the hotel and got ready for the wedding. It was at one of the hundreds of wedding chapels in Vegas about a mile away from the hotel, and even though it had a drive-thru wedding chapel, the chapel inside was gorgeous. I managed to take one quick pic before I was told we weren’t allowed to take pics inside.

The inside of the chapel that I took before I was told no pictures inside.

The inside of the chapel that I took before I was told no pictures inside.

But the second we walked outside, my trigger finger went crazy with all kinds of family pictures! I took about 100 pictures of everyone and I managed to get a few with me in them. The ceremony itself was fast but cute and my aunt looked very beautiful in her dress. Its so weird to think that in a matter of 5 months I’ll be a bridesmaid in my younger sister’s wedding.

Me and my cute little brother! I dote on him.

Me and my cute little brother! I dote on him.

My lil bro, New Uncle, my baby sister, my beautiful Aunt, and myself.

My lil bro, New Uncle, my baby sister, my beautiful Aunt, and myself.

After the wedding I spent some time in my hotel room drinking $.99 margarita (on the rocks because I’m cool) and eating some more delicious food at the buffet. I had a rib eye steak with even more beef stew and it was delicious!

Sunday was the day I went on my research trip to the Mob Museum! I have been really looking forward to it! The Mob Museum takes about 2 hours to tour when you’re not writing a bunch of information down, so when I was finally finished I wasn’t surprised to find that 3 1/2 hours passed. I realy enjoyed the place, which resides in the same Las Vegas courthouse that held many famous mobster trials.

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum

I have a ridiculous amount of pictures from the Mob Museum, but to save time for me, I’m going to add some of my favorites below.

Shooting from a tommy gun. For research, I swear.

Shooting from a tommy gun. For research, I swear.

An exact replica of an electric chair. My cute lil bro is about to pull the switch! *cries*

An exact replica of an electric chair. My cute lil bro is about to pull the switch! *cries*

The actual wall where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened in front of. Bullet halls are still there. *shivers*

The actual wall where the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre happened in front of. Bullet halls are still there. *shivers*

Listening for coded messages.

Listening for coded messages.

I had a blast at the Mob Museum (my feet were aching by the end of it) and managed to even buy a book for research purposes! It was a very successful research trip! I went home after that, ate some homemade sandwiches (because I was running low on cash) and enjoyed another $.99 margarita before bed.

The next day I slept in and enjoyed one last breakfast at the buffet before packing up and heading home. I had a blast in Old Town and recommend it to anyone who goes to Vegas. Its a bit cheaper and almost everything is in walking distance!

Now for some Doctor Who geeking!

As many of you Whovians know, tomorrow August 4th, will be the day the 12th Doctor is revealed! When I found this out a few short days ago, this was my general reaction at first…

WhatIsThisFuckery

To which I looked up all the information and had a whirlwind of emotions:

Sadness that Matt Smith will be leaving…

tumblr_lkl1itS0g51qar22m

…fear of some new strange man suddenly entering my life…

tumblr_lxewqo3sdr1qzxqnr

…excitement over finding out who the new Doctor will be…

tumblr_inline_mg2xj2oHGw1rv1jfr

…and a dancing Cyberman.

tumblr_mhpq8emnuO1s3wukso1_400

What do you all think of the new Doctor? I’ll update about it on Monday’s blogpost and probably geek out over it. I’m sure many of the new Whovians will be upset if The Doctor is not ‘young’ but I’m actually hoping for an older Doctor again. The show started with an old man and I think adding another will bring it back to its roots.

What do you all think? Should the new Doctor be an older gentleman or a younger one?