Book Tag – Halsey

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Hi lovelies!

Back at it again with another book tag. I love Halsey so when I saw this book tag done on Downright Dystopian’s page I knew I had to play too! This tag is originally created by Paper Riot. Now, onto the book tag!

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Amanda- Aelin Galathynius for sure. She’s from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. She’s kickass and doesn’t take anything from anyone. She even has the choice to not become queen and abandon her throne but steps up and shows the world that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Antonia- Definitely Raisa ana’Marianna from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I just loved watching her grow throughout this series.

coming down

Amanda- I’m going to say all of the scenes written by Lynsay Sands. Sexy vampires from Atlantis? Yes please.

Antonia- Hmm… this is a tough one because I read a TON of romance. I’ll say anything by Julia Quinn because her love stories are just the best.

control

Amanda- The Darkling, for sure. He’s from Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy. I don’t know what it is, but momma loves some Darkling.

Antonia- Queen Savilla from The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. She’s the queen of the endarkened (demons) and is simply evil. I just love that she has no redeeming qualities. She’s terrifying and awful and makes a fantastic villain.

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Amanda- This was the hardest one for me out of all of these questions. I’ve decided to go with the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Our main character is forever trapped in a love triangle between the (mostly) marriage material  Joe Morelli and the sexiest man alive, Ranger. I wouldn’t say that there’s a lack of communication, more like a stalemate. They communicate but not enough for Stephanie to be able to actually make a decision between the two. (Though I don’t think I ever want her to actually make that final choice.)

Antonia- Kvothe and Denna from The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I really enjoy them together and wouldn’t mind seeing them actually get together in the future but they keep so many secrets and they’re both so mysterious that it gets in the way of them ever actually having a relationship.

empty gold

Amanda- Tamlin and Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I talk about this in my reviews for this series, linked here. Though I’m sure many people feel this way. This is the couple that popped into my head as soon as I read the question. I loved them so much in the first book and then Tamlin just, ugh.

Antonia- Ember and Riley from The Talon Series by Julie Kagawa. I wanted them to be together for the first couple books so bad then somehow I ended up loving Garret so much that I stopped wanting her to be with Riley. (I still love Riley though.) And me changing my mind about characters that drastically really doesn’t happen often.

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Amanda- This may be biased because of my pregnancy hormones. But when I read the breakup scene in the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova I literally spent a solid hour crying. To the point where my husband wasn’t sure what to do with me and just hugged me while I cried for an hour. I’m pretty sure he thought I was never going to stop.

Antonia- For me, this will always be Lyra and Will’s breakup at the end of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. I was around twelve when I first read it and cried for days. I still cry hysterically every time I reread it.

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Amanda- Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. Every once in a while I say to myself, “you know what was a good book, Love Letters to the Dead. I should read that again.” I have recently bought it on my Kindle (I got it from the library the first time.) and I’m planning to reread it soon.

Antonia- All of them. This is actually a huge problem for me because I continue to think about books long after I’ve read them; it actually keeps me up at night. It’s why I reread so many books over and over again.

hold me down

Amanda- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I’m super not sorry about this either. The whole series is being written and released from Christian’s perspective. I have the first two and am waiting for the third to be released. While I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed, I will absolutely be buying and reading the third so I have all six books.

Antonia- Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I actually need to catch up on this one but since I first discovered these books I’ve been a little obsessed with them even though there’s now 29 books in the series and Kenyon’s still writing.

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Amanda- If you read my posts on a regular basis you should already know the answer to this question. Looking for Alaska by John Green. If you haven’t read it read my review here.

Antonia- Beastly by Alex Flinn. This will forever be my favorite Beauty and the Beast adaptation. I reread it at least once a year and it always just gives me this light, happy feeling inside.

is there somewhere

Amanda- Every and all of the couples we find in The Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest. This is a 50+ book series that spans over a ridiculous amount of years, several generations, and many worlds. Every couple we meet and read about has to go through some (usually life-threatening) struggle before they get their happy ending.

Antonia- Adrian and Sydney from The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. One of my favorite book couples but they struggle so much to keep their relationship going when both vampires and humans judge them for it. At one point Sydney’s actually institutionalized by her family for it.

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Amanda- I try not to use the same book over and over when I do these tags, but I can’t help it for this. I would LOVE to be part of the Night Court squad from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, reviewed here. It’s from the ACOTAR series, but we don’t get to meet them until the second book, so I’m using that one.

Antonia- The Demigods from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Awesome magical powers? Check. Funny and amazing and need to be my best friends? Double check.

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Amanda- Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in our Stars by John Green. See my review here to get a more detailed post of my thoughts on this book. I love Hazel and Gus together because they’re both just kids that had to grow up too fast and spent too much time thinking about death. Then they found each other and had a bright spot in their lives, a reason to live if you will.

Antonia- Amanda and Chris from Beheld by Alex Flinn. I talked about them in my review (here) and I just loved them together so much I think I actually squealed while reading it.

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Amanda- Chaol from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is a good one for this I think. So many people hate him after certain events in the series. I understand why he did what he did and still love him even though it cost him his relationship with Celaena.

Antonia- Fire from Fire by Kristin Cashore. I’ve read quite a few reviews from people who didn’t like her which kind of astounds me because I adore her.

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Amanda- Rose and Mason from the Rose Gardner Investigations by Denise Grover Swank. I wanted to put them for an OTP with obstacles, but honestly I don’t think they’ll end up together no matter how much I want them to be.

Antonia- None. Toxic relationships are pretty much an instant DNF for me. I’ve read about a lot of flawed relationships (e.g. Quentin and Margo from Paper Towns by John Green) but nothing that I would actually consider toxic. Even with examples like Quentin and Margo, I enjoyed reading about them but still didn’t ship them.

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Amanda- Shadows of the Immortals by Marina Finlayson. This series is a super interesting twist on the Gods (from all different cultures) which is a topic I really like. I couldn’t put this series down once I started it.

Antonia- Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George. This is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and is still one of the most unique fairytale retellings I’ve read.

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Amanda- This one is easy. Lyss and Hal from Cinda Williams Chima’s Shadowcaster (reviewed here) are both totally falling in love (if they’re not already in love) with one another. But neither will admit it.

Antonia- Hazel and Frank from Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. They get together later on in the series but for pretty much this entire book, they both are secretly pining for the other. It was adorable.

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Amanda- Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites series by Marie Lu, reviewed here. I hate to even say this because I love her but I also really hate her. I guess I love to hate her. Okay, I lied. I don’t hate to say it. She’s totally my favorite destructive character.

Antonia- Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. He’s so focused on his revenge the entire time that he ignores the chance to make a better life for himself but at the same time, his revenge plot is absolutely insane and amazing at the same time.

 

Book Tag – Reader’s Problems

We’ve become obsessed with book tags and we’re not sorry about it. We found the Reader’s Problems Book Tag posted by Linda at Linda’s Little Library! She has some great posts over there, so go check out her page. We saw this tag and thought it looked like fun.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR list. How in the world do you decide which book to read next? 

Amanda- This is actually a real life, everyday problem. One that I’m currently facing. I have at least twenty books on my TBR and I almost dread finishing a book because I don’t want to have to think about what I’m going to read next. But when I do finally decide, it’s usually based off whatever mood I’m in. I may want something quick and fun to read or I may be ready to get invested and lose a piece of my soul in some new series.

Antonia- Like Amanda, it mostly depends on my mood. I think more often than not it’s the book I’ve been thinking about longest or the new book I’ve been waiting for. Usually when I can’t decide between a bunch I’ll read the synopsis of each (even if I’ve read it a million times) and that’s how I figure out what I’m in the mood for.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it, do you quit or are you committed? 

Amanda- I’m committed. I’m not someone that is capable of not finishing a book unless I’m less than fifty pages into the book. This recently happened to me with The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (check out my review here) I finished the entire book and still really just didn’t love it. But the person that I am, I still read the second book, The Heart Forger (review here), and I ended up really enjoying it. I’m excited for the third to come out. So, yeah, I have to finish a book once I’m halfway because I’m pretty invested, even if I finish it and don’t like it, that’s okay.

Antonia- I’m not afraid to DNF but I try not to. Like Amanda, I’ve definitely read books I didn’t like but loved the rest of the series so I always try to keep that in mind when I don’t like something. I really only DNF when I either REALLY hate the main character or dislike the writing style so much that I have to keep rereading sentences because I can’t stay focused.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, yet still so far away from your reading goal on GoodReads. Do you try to catch up and how? 

Amanda- Wow, I love this book tag. This literally happened to me New Years Eve ’17. I spent half the night reading (even though I was at a friends house with a big group of my friends) because I needed to try to make it to 300 books for the year. I finished a book that night but only made it to 299 books for the year. Better luck next year I guess.

Antonia- It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to reach my yearly goals so I don’t worry about it too much anymore. I usually have so much going on in December that it’s unfortunately not very high on my list.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? 

Amanda- Depending on the series I will not care or I will buy more copies of said books to make sure I have a matching set. For example, I own every book in the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich but I’ve bought them slowly over the years from yard sales and library sales and a few new hardcovers here and there – so not one book in this series matches. But my favorite series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas all have to be the same or I will lose my mind. It would bother me so much that I didn’t have a matching series (I do though, so it’s fine.)

Antonia- It’s definitely an unpopular opinion but I really don’t care. Sure it’s nice when they look all pretty stacked together but that frequently means having to buy hardcover copies and that means less money for other books.

Everyone and their mother really loves a book that you really didn’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? 

Amanda- Antonia, duh. Mostly because she doesn’t read half of the books that I do. We both read our own kinds of books, so generally if I’m reading something popular that everyone loves (in certain genres) she hasn’t read it and I can complain to her. But I mean, I can complain to her even if she read it and liked it. So, Antonia is my answer regardless of what book it is.

Antonia- Amanda, duh. For literally the same reasons.

You’re reading a book in public and it’s going to make you cry. How do you deal? 

Amanda- I’m okay with that. I’m one of those crazy bookworms that you may see in public hysterically laughing at whatever is in my book. The same goes for crying. If the book’s going to make me cry, it doesn’t matter where I am.

Antonia- Unlike Amanda I really don’t like crying in public so I’ll usually just take a few deep breaths and hold back the tears or if that’s not possible, I’ll put the book away.

A sequel of a book you love just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you reread the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on GoodReads? Just cry in frustration?!

Amanda- I will reread the book. This is another real-life situation for me. I’m actually doing this now. I’m reading Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima (which I reviewed here when it came out a few years ago.) So even though I read and reviewed it, I know I’ve forgotten important details. So I’m going to reread it along with the second book, Shadowcaster, now that the third has recently been released.

Antonia- Definitely reread. I love rereading books. If it’s been recently enough that I remember a lot of it then I might find a summary and that’ll help me remember the rest.

You do not want anyone, ANYONE, borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask? 

Amanda- This is actually really easy when you don’t have any friends (HAH, it’s true though.) And the friends I do have live hundreds of miles away from me. Also any friends that live close don’t read or aren’t comfortable asking to borrow my books (because I’m smart enough to not offer for them to borrow, which is something I used to stupidly do all the time.)

Antonia- I also don’t have friends so there’s no one to ask me. The few people I’m close to who read (like Amanda, husband, mom, sister) I know are trustworthy with books and will give them back. Anyone else I usually just make up some excuse not to.

Reading ADD, you’ve picked up and put down five books in the last month. How do you get out of your reading slump? 

Amanda- When this happens to me I tend to pick one of my go-to authors that write easy, fun, lighthearted books. This happened to me a few weeks ago and I got out of the slump by reading Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (reviewed here) and it was a quick read that got me out of my slump. Janet Evanovich, Linsay Sands, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are other authors that I can read their books any time, but especially when I find myself in a slump.

Antonia- Again, my answer is very similar to Amanda’s. (Are we the same person?) Nora Roberts is always my go to when I can’t get into any books because I’ve literally never had that problem with any of her books (and I’ve read at least a hundred of them).

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Amanda- All of them. What kind of question is this?

Antonia- I wish I could say all of them. Unfortunately money’s often an issue for me. I’ll buy the 2 or 3 that I can’t live without then either wait for the others or try to find them at the library.

After you’ve bought all of the new books that you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them? 

Amanda- Um…About this. A long time. But only because I have to reread some books before I can get to the new ones. And because more new books keep coming out and I have to get to those too and read some of them first.

Antonia- I’ve gotten better about this since I don’t often buy a ton at one time but occasionally one still waits for too long.

 

Okay, so we had a ton of fun with this Reader’s Problems Book Tag, mostly because many of these are real struggles we face as bookworms. So if you’re reading this and think it sounds fun, consider yourself tagged!

ABC Book Challenge |A|

Hi, bookworms! We saw this challenge on a few different blogs and thought it looked like a fun, regular post that we could add to our ever going list of weekly posts. So here’s how it works –  each week we’re going to post a letter of the alphabet (starting with A obviously) and we’re going to list our most memorable books and books still hanging out on our TBR list associated with the corresponding letter.

This week’s post we’re going to start with the letter – A.

Most Memorable Books

Amanda:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – One of my all-time favorite series and all of the books work for the letter A. I reviewed the whole series, you can find my review for this first book here.

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle – I read this incredible series around Christmas time and I still think about them all the time. It was such a detailed and well thought out story.

Antonia:

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – This is one of my favorites of his (that’s a lie, they’re pretty much all tied). It’s so funny and quirky and I just love Colin so much.

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman – One of my all-time favorite series, with such a bittersweet ending. This is the first book that ever made me cry hysterically.

Books Still On My TBR 

Amanda:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – The third book in this series came out recently, so I’m planning to reread the whole series.

Antonia:

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is part of The Covenant series which I’ve been wanting to finish reading for a few years now.

These are our picks for the letter A! What books with the letter A are most memorable for you? Which ones haven’t managed to get from your TBR list to your ‘read’ pile?

Thanks for reading!

Book Tag – Fall Out Boy

Hello, lovelies! I found this book tag recently when I made a new bookish friend, Danielle over at YA Allegiance. Go check her blog out, she has an excellent taste in books and has posted some great book tags. This book tag is one that I have to do for the fifteen-year-old girl deep inside me that will forever be in love with the band Fall Out Boy (plus, books and music, what could go wrong?) So, the Fall Out Boy Book Tag was done originally by Jace. I’m really excited to do this, so here goes.

American Beauty / American Psycho 

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Pick a book with a twisted romance that you may or may not love – 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I think the relationship between Alina Starkov is pretty twisted, but I actually sort of loved it. Am I the only one? Something about the big bad Darkling was just super appealing. I guess I really just love me some villains.

Save Rock and Roll 

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Pick a book or series that has a lot of battles and heroes  – 

Age of Legends Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong 

I’ve read this series a few times now and it just doesn’t get old. Armstrong has created an incredible world where an unlikely group band together and journey to try to save the empire. These heroes, led by a set of twin sisters, face many challenges, trials, and battles throughout the pages of the three books in the series.

Folie á Duex

Folie a Duex

As folie á deux means the madness of two, pick your most favorite strong friendship from a book or series – 

Rose Gardner Investigations by Denise Grover Swank 

The Friendship between Rose and Neely-Kate is one that keeps me laughing. These girls are a great example of real friendship. They support one another, even when they may not be making the best choices. These two girls are real friends and I love to read about them and their crazy adventures.

Pax am Days (The King is Dead)

Pax am Days (the King of the dead)

Pick a villain that you were the happiest to see dead – 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Um, hello THE KING OF HYPERION. Giant jerk bag and I’m pretty sure I jumped for joy when he was killed.

Infinity on High 

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Pick a series or a book that makes you happy – 

A Shade of Vampire Series by Bella Forrest 

So many people have left bad reviews for this series so it may not be for you. But personally, I love these books. They’re so incredibly creative and out there. Once I start reading, I just can’t stop. The struggle of waiting for the next book to come out is too real, luckily the are released pretty quickly.

Believers Never Die (FOB’s Greatest Hits)

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Pick your favorite book or series of all time – 

Book – Looking for Alaska by John Green

Series – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

If you’ve read these, then this explanation is unnecessary. If you haven’t read these, then you need to. That’s all I have to say about it.

I had too much fun with this book tag. I’d love to see some other Fall Out Boy fans participate (or anyone really,) so feel free to tag our blog in your post or leave your answers in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week’s topic is top ten bookish worlds I’d want to (or wouldn’t want to) live in. I like both of these, so this week I’m going to do five that I would want to live in and five that I wouldn’t want to live in. Here’s my top ten for this week!

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Bookish worlds I would like to live in

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Yes I know that they just went through a huge war and a ton of people died, but now all is hopefully well and I’d love to live here. I would love to get to visit all the different seasonal courts and the solar courts. I would also enjoy helping (or trying to) create a better world with the fae and the humans. Plus, who wouldn’t want to live in a world with Rhysand, Cassian and Aziel?

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling – Would I be a twenty something year old bookworm if I hadn’t read Harry Potter and fantasized about getting my letter and attending Hogwarts?

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – This is a world similar to ACOTAR with the different seasonal territories that I would love to visit. But in this book universe they have magical abilities instead of being Fae. So who wouldn’t want to have magic and be able to visit whatever season you wanted?

Zodiac by Romina Russell – One word: Space. I love outer space and most space themed books are ones that I’ll buy as soon as I know they take place among the stars. This book universe sounds so cool. The different zodiac planets with the different personalities, I just love everything about this series.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld – Superheros are yet another autobuy topic. So this book, while it’s set in a regular realistic world, it has kids with super powers. Yes, please?

Bookish worlds I would not want to live in –

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – While I love these books and I love  the characters and the story, I wouldn’t want to live in this world. A world that’s on the brink of war and treats most of the people horribly. No thank you.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Living in this super oppressive world? No way. I wouldn’t survive in this book universe for very long and if I did, I would be very miserable.

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast – I love this story and all of the characters in it. But I definitely wouldn’t want to live in this ruined futuristic world.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – This book universe seems how I imagine England in the 1800s. I’ve always said that I would live in that time period, but only if I was a woman of wealth. The same goes for this world except I still don’t think I’d want to live there because well, electricity and running water and the internet and all of the modern day amenities I probably couldn’t live without.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima – This book universe is one that I wouldn’t want to live in for one reason that I could use for so many other series that I considered putting here. I wouldn’t want to live in a world that was in the middle of fighting a war. Even though by the end of the series the war is over, there’s always going to be another war in these kinds of worlds even if that story doesn’t get written. Yes, I would love to see this world and meet the characters that I love, but I wouldn’t want to have to constantly worry about the next battle to be fought.

This week’s topic was so fun I considered doing one post with worlds I would want to live in and a different post with worlds I wouldn’t want to live in, but I just did five of each here. What bookish world would you or wouldn’t you want to live in and why?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Best Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish (feel free to put your own spin on it). This week is “Best Character Names (make this as narrow/broad as you’d like)”. Since this weekly post is something that is completely up to me and my opinion, I’m going to choose names that I liked or really stuck with me for one reason or another. This is also in no particular order.

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Alaska – The main character of my favorite book Looking for Alaska by John Green. This name has always stuck with me, maybe because it’s my favorite book. But I think it’s more the story behind the name. Alaksa’s parents let her change her name once she reached a certain age and she chose Alaska because it means “that which the sea breaks against” and that’s just beautiful to me.

The A Court of Thorns and Roses Series – Every name in this series by Sarah J. Maas is one that I really liked. Again, this may be because this is one of my favorite series, but as you read through the books the names just keep getting more interesting. Our main character Feyre, her sisters (Nesta and Elaine), her two love interests, Tamlin and Rhysand. Theres not a single character in this book that doesn’t have an interesting name that’s stuck with me.

Celaena Sardothien – This is the main character from Sarah J. Maas’s other series, Throne of Glass. She’s a kick butt assassin who we later find out is someone who goes by another name (that I’m not going to say because I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it) that is just as cool as the name we first know her by. There are other characters in this series with cool names, but Celaena’s is one that’s stuck with me.

Adrian sul’Han – From The Shattered Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima. So I love all the names of the royal family in this series and the one before it, but I didn’t want to be a copy cat and steal one of the ones Antonia chose, so I’m doing the kids. I really like the way that royalty is named in this series, using the names of those that came before them.

Cass, Del and Nix – They’re from the first three series in the Dragon’s Gift Universe by Linsey Hall. Their full names are Cassiopeia, Delphine, and Pheonix. They named themselves after the stars and I just love that. They named themselves in their past when they escaped something horrible together with no memories of before, so they chose constellations. But we find out that they all chose the right names for themselves when the girls learn more about their pasts later in their lives.

Zeroes Series – By Scott Westerfeld. I had to have at least one “superhero” book on this list. I just really love the whole super hero trend going on. And this one is great because they’re a bunch of kids that try to do good and usually just mess things up. But they’ve got some cool and funny names.

Rhoma Grace – The main character of the Zodiac series by Romina Russell. I think she makes the list just because I really liked her as a character. Also this series is mostly in outer space and traveling among a few different planets and there are lots of cool and interesting space names throughout the whole series.

Lexi JardineShadows of the Immortals series by Marina Finnlayson. This series really stuck with me. And interestingly enough for our main character, we have another situation where her name isn’t actually what she thinks her name is. Again, I won’t say what her name really is because I don’t want to spoil anything but it’s a plot twist for sure. I liked this character and all the others in this series some have basic names, but their characters are so much more than their names. Also, there’s a ton of different gods and goddesses from different cultures and I love stuff like that.

Mae WaylanderThe White Hart Series by Sarah Dalton. Our main character, Mae Waylander, a peasant girl who has the name of a hero, I just hear her name and it gives me hero feels.

Aza – She’s our main character in Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I just like this name. It’s interesting to me, just like who she is as a character.

These are my top ten “best” character names. Mostly they’re just names I liked enough to remember while I was making this list. What’s your top ten on this fine Tuesday evening?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and, with it, a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated-scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the thrilling events in the future books.
Review:
I have to start this review by saying that this book has been given negative reviews all over the place. This makes me sad because I loved this book for many of the reasons that others have disliked it. That being said, I really liked this book. It’s a novella that sets the stage from the end of the war to wherever it is that Sarah J. Maas is going to take this series next. This book is just over two hundred pages compared to the previous books that are all five hundred or more pages, so this review probably won’t be as long as the ones for the previous books.
The first thing I want to say is more about the series as a whole, but I noticed it in this book. A Court of Frost and Starlight starts about two years after Feyre makes her debut into the world of the Fae. I really like the pace or timeline of these books. Too many series have all this insanity happening in a month or six months and it’s just not reasonable. These books have all of the events happening in a reasonable timeline. Feyre waits MONTHS letting herself heal and become a person again before she even lets herself think about maybe having feelings for Rhysand. I’m probably ranting now, but this is something that I feel doesn’t get enough attention and Sarah J. Maas did it right.
The next thing I’d like to mention is the way this story is told. ACOFAS alternates between a few different members of the squad. We heard from Feyre and Rhys and Cassian and even Nesta and I like that. I like getting to see into the heads of each of these characters, it was an interesting change.
While many said this book had no plot or conflict, I disagree. I think they were disappointed because all of the other books in this series had some HUGE things going on like war and saving the world and everything was pretty much life or death and that’s just not the case in this shorter story. I think there are many different smaller conflicts. For example, Nesta has moved out and into her own house and makes no effort to see the family or be a part of anything except drinking in shady bars and sleeping with random men. We see a chapter from her point of view and it’s essentially her talking about how she feels absolutely nothing. Each character is going through their own personal conflict just trying to heal after the things they all went through during the last three books. So no, there was no urgent ‘the world is going to end’ conflict, instead we got a view into the more everyday or normal side of the squad’s lives, which I really liked. This book is something I’ve always wanted, while it might not be super exciting it’s amazing because I got to just sit and hang out with some characters that I just really love and that’s not something us readers get very often.
Overall this book was intended as a filler book or a transition novel to get us readers from the ending of A Court of Wings and Ruin to whatever the next book in the series is going to be. (We got a sneak peek at the end of ACOFAS. I’m super excited about it because it focuses on two different characters from the squad and I’m intrigued to see where Maas takes us next.) So, maybe you want to read this, maybe you don’t. I’m not sure that it’s necessary to any of the storylines that exist now or will be created in the future. But, if you’ve read the first three books and you love these characters as much as I do and you want to just hang out with them for two hundred or so pages then you should definitely read this.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book of the Court of Thorns and Roses series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Review:
This third book in one of my favorite series with some of my favorite characters starts off with a scene from Rhysand’s past. A scene from the war five hundred years ago that has him looking for Cassian’s body, looking for him whether he’s dead or alive. I feel like this scene was a good way of showing what the impending war is going to make you feel and also a way to further show how much Rhys cares about his loved ones.
I really liked this book because we got to see deeper into the characters. Like Lucian, we get to see Lucian and Feyre’s relationship change, partially because he’s not sure if she’s acting and partially because his mate is her sister who is somewhere in the Night Court and he can’t do anything about it. A decent amount of this book is spent with Feyre playing Tamlin in the Spring Court. She’s pretending that her bond has been broken by the crazy king and that she was tricked when in reality she’s the Night Court’s mole and is getting all the information and causing as much trouble as she can. I absolutely loved Feyre playing spy. She was conniving and devious and everything you would imagine a High Lady of the Night Court to be. It was so satisfying to see her play Tamlin the way she did because he deserved that and more for the drama he put her through and the awful things he did to try to get her back.
As for Lucien, I’m glad he left the Spring Court with Feyre. He’s so worried about obeying orders and pleasing Tamlin it’s almost annoying. So it’s nice to be able to get to know him more outside of the Spring Court and Tam’s influence. I genuinely laughed so much at Lucien interacting with the squad and him seeing how well Feyre fits in with them. It was super funny to see him so out of his element.
In their journey back to the Night court we get to see bits of the Autumn Court. I really enjoyed getting to see more of this fictional world because it’s all just so beautiful, and in Autumn Court’s case it’s viciously beautiful much like those who rule it. Seeing more of Prythian was probably my favorite part of this book. We get to visit the Summer Court again, while not for the best reasons but it’s probably my favorite with the gorgeous water and summer theme (summer is my favorite season in everyday life). We also get to visit the Dawn Court when all the courts come together for a meeting. The Dawn Court sounds incredible. Sarah J. Maas did an amazing job with the settings in this series. This is a world that I would without a doubt love to visit, outside of the crazy time of conflict of course.
Sticking with the subject of characters, once Feyre made it back to the Night Court with Lucien we got to see her training with Cassian and learning to fly with Azriel and Armen training Nesta and all of them trying to help Elaine. I just love these people so much. They all function so well together knowing when they can push one another and knowing when to back off. They have so much fun together and so much love for each other. They’re a family I wouldn’t mind being a part of.
Let’s talk about the sisters. We get to see Feyre and her sisters interact in a totally different way in this book. Nesta and Elaine have become a part of her world again when they were ‘made’ by the cauldron. Elaine seems to be in the same place mentally that Feyre was when she survived under the mountain whereas Nesta seems to just want to argue about anything she can. Nesta is (and always has been) insanely protective of Elaine, but it’s increased tenfold now. It’s very clear that these sisters love one another, but aren’t sure how to express that, especially now that Elaine is little more than a shell of herself, but they make it work the best they can. I really enjoyed watching the sisters develop together in their the new dynamic of their relationship, but also watching them develop further as individuals. As the book progresses Elaine comes out of her shell with a little help from everyone and does her best to accept her new life. Nesta does the same, she sees how selfless and dedicated Feyre is and makes the right choice to train with Armen and do what she can to help turn the tide for the war in their favor.
So when it comes to the war actually happening it was super interesting to see all of the High Lords come together and share their expertise and decide what to do and when. It was an interesting dynamic between characters especially because nothing seemed to go in their favor. They faced obstacle after obstacle, coming up with plan A through Z for their next move. There were some surprising allies that appeared, allies that we thought were enemies. Feyre wasn’t the only one that was good at playing a part. At one point, all of the players had pretty much accepted that they were going to lose and everyone was going to die and that’s the moment that the tide turned. It was such an incredible moment when the allies they didn’t know were coming showed up and hope was renewed that the courts had a fighting chance.
The one thing I have to say that may be a slight spoiler is about the father of Nesta, Elaine and Feyre. Their dad comes in at the last moment with three ships filled with allies and reinforcements that all had lost hope of arriving. The ships were named ‘The Nesta, The Elaine and The Feyre.” He did this for his daughters because he wanted to show them he could be the father that they always wanted and deserved. This had even the cold Nesta in awe. This was just such a heartwarming moment that I had to mention it.
A Court of Wings and Ruin was ended fabulously. There was no bullshit ‘happily ever after’ moment. The story ended with the family together and struggling together and on their own to be okay with everything that had happened. It wasn’t the corny feel good ending, but it was an ending that left me happy because good had triumphed over evil. The war was over and now it was time to heal and rebuild. It was the right ending for this story.
As I’ve said in my reviews of the first two books in the series, go to the story, buy these books and read them as fast as you can. This is one of my favorite series because they’re amazing. There are just so many fabulous quotes and feel good moments that can be taken and applied to real life. These are the kind of books that tell a story, but also tell you to be a good person, but defend what you love. It’s a great story that gives some strong messages about life. So buy it, read it and love it forever like I do.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court-but at a steep cost. Though now she has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigated its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms-and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future-and the future of a world torn apart.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas expands Feyre’s world beyond even her wildest imagination in this seductive and stunning sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Review:
This is the second book in a series that I love very much. So if you’re open to reading whatever, don’t even read this review, just go buy the whole series and binge read them all. I promise you won’t regret it.
Okay, now for the actual book. A Court of Mist and Fury starts three months after the end of the first book. At this point, Feyre is trying to figure out who she is now that she’s a High Fae. She’s not the same person that she was when her story started. She’s done some things that she can’t unsee and a part of her wishes that she died under the mountain. You would think that because she and Tamlin survived and she saved everyone that all would be flowers and butterflies, but that’s not the case.
In an attempt to get everything back to normal in the Spring Court, the wedding is the big event to show that everything and everyone is okay and life is back to normal. Surprise! Tamlin proposed to Feyre and they’re going to get married. This is how it was it was told to the readers. For some reason, (I’d say for the sake of keeping the book a reasonable length because it’s six hundred pages.) we don’t get to see the proposal, just a brief story about it happening. This shows me that it’s not a hugely significant event, which it is, but not in the way you would think it is.
It’s extremely obvious that all of the people in this story are just trying to get through the days and pretend they’re okay. They’re all doing the best they can to try to get back to their lives before Amarantha. It’s clear from the first page that Feyre is having the most trouble with this. She’s not at all the same person she was. She wakes up every night vomiting from her nightmares. She just can’t seem to get it together. She doesn’t even want to paint anything. It’s honestly sad because she’s not the same Feyre without thinking about painting everything. She’s not in a good place at all.
I think the wedding was too soon, a rushed attempt to get life back to normal. She’s not excited to plan it or even to attend it. She leaves all the planning to Ianthe, who sucks and you’ll learn why. Even her dress, which Feyre hates, but doesn’t do anything about it. The Feyre from the first book would have said, “hell no, I’m not wearing this.” But she just lets it all happen. The day of the wedding Alis literally pushes her outside to the aisle. Alis says, “You sound like you’re going to your funeral.” And “it’ll be over faster than you can blink, she promised and gently pushed me into the last of the sunlight.” SHE LITERALLY SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS GOING TO HER FUNERAL SO WHY DID EVERYONE LET HER GO THROUGH WITH THIS.
Now I get to talk about my favorite character in this whole series, Rhysand. It was just too perfect for him to swoop in and save Feyre on her wedding day. His grand entrance when coming to claim Feyre for their agreed upon week at the wedding totally suits the personality that he presents. He’s my favorite villain, probably because we learn that he’s not actually a villain, but he’s my favorite even before that.
The first week that Feyre spending with Rhys at the Night Court, he learns that she cannot read. So she spends the week writing ridiculous sentences that he gives her. It’s hilarious and silly and the break that she needed from pretending that she’s alright.
So this book actually made me mad, but its 100% Tamlin’s fault and Lucien (who is supposed to be Feyre’s friend, but is too worried about following orders and putting out a good image for everyone else.) Feyre told them over and over again what she needed. I think she actually said “I feel like I’m drowning” at one point and they still wouldn’t listen. Wouldn’t let her go help other towns, they wouldn’t let her leave the property to ease Tamlin’s fears. They didn’t listen to what she was screaming that she needed because what Tamlin needed was more important and that pissed me off so badly. I just don’t understand how he couldn’t or didn’t see what he was doing to her. How could he continue to choose what he wanted over what she was telling him she needed and not see how that was affecting her? I just don’t see how he can justify anything that he did to her and I 100% support Feyre leaving.
So Feyre goes through some huge character development in this book. After everything she went through and did under the mountain to save Tamlin, she’s come out a different person. She’s become a broken girl instead of the one who was willing to fight whoever and however she needed. But as she tells Tam over and over again what she needs and she sees him prioritize his needs over hers, she realizes that she’s becoming a different person; she’s not the same girl that fell in love with Tamlin. She’s a girl that has no faith in herself or her feelings or her choices and it’s just so so sad. This book is pretty heartbreaking for the sole reason of having to see and feel what Feyre is going through and that no one is helping her until Rhys comes to save the day, AGAIN.
Once Rhysand saves her from the Spring Court, again. We meet a whole new set of friends. They’re funny and caring and silly and so full of love for one another. Feyre learns some things about the Night Court and similar to in the first book, everything she thought she knew is wrong. She learns the truth about the Night Court and why Rhys acts the way he does. Rhys and his “court” are more than just that. They’re a family instead of subordinates taking orders. They listen and argue and care about one another. Once Feyre is in the Night Court Rhys tries to get her involved in the craziness of the world but he doesn’t order her around or push her. He offers her choices and lets her decide. He does exactly what she begged Tam to do for her and she didn’t even ask Rhys.
One of the things I loved most about this book was finally getting to see more of Prythian. Being introduced to Velaris, the Night Court’s secret Court of Dreams, it’s essentially described as a utopia. A place that Rhys has done anything and everything in his power to protect. I would have loved to see Velaris through Feyre from the first books eyes, what her thoughts and how she would have wanted to paint it. The other place we get to visit is the Summer Court, which is my favorite. If I was in this world, I would be a part of the Summer Court. The city sounds incredible and I just loved getting to see more of the world Feyre now found herself immersed in.
I don’t like to give spoilers, so I’m sorry if it seems vague or out of place, but once Feyre starts to realize that her relationship with Tamlin wasn’t as romantic and perfect as she thought it was hard. It was hard to feel that with her even though I had realized it long before her. It’s almost like she blames herself for coming out from under the mountain a different person when Tam’s the only reason she went there at all. Tamlin couldn’t love her how she needed to be loved and it broke her. So when she started to develop feelings for Rhysand she was understandably conflicted. Seeing it all from the outside (and also I’m rereading this series) it was super obvious that these two were so good for each other. It just takes her a while to come to that same realization.
The ending of this book was incredible. Don’t finish this book unless you have the next one though. Hello, cliffhanger. The way Sarah J. Maas ended this book was not at all expected. It was a total twist but in the best way possible. With all the craziness and drama that went down in the last pages, the ending leaves you wanting so much more, but also saying “what the hell just happened” at the same time.
So if it wasn’t clear already, I love this book and I love this series. I love all the characters, even the ones I don’t like. I recommend this book to those like me that are no longer “young adults” but still love to read the genre. I wouldn’t say younger kids should read this because there are some pretty sexy scenes. This whole book is beautiful. The writing is beautiful, the places we see are beautiful, the characters, the struggles, the drama, it’s all beautiful and heartbreaking and will change your life. So read them and love them forever like I do.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As Feyre dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.
Review:
Okay, first off I want to say that while it has been entirely too long since we have posted a review, you should get ready. I’m finally in a place where I have time to read and actually review books again. So this is only the beginning of a review spree.
I’m rereading this series because the newest in the series just came out. This is one of my new favorite series and I hope I can make it yours too. These books are about so much more than what they are actually about and I just want the whole world to love these words as much as I do.
This story opens with an introduction to our main character, Feyre. She’s one of my favorite female main characters out of quite a lot of books I’ve read in the last few years. She’s stubborn but always tries to do the right thing. Even though she is the youngest member of her family, which consists of two sisters and their father all living in poverty, she is the caretaker. She spends her days in the woods hunting. She hunts for food as well as things to sell. Usually keeping half of watch she catches for her family to eat and sells or stores the other half while also selling the skins for whatever she can. She keeps her family from starvation, not that they deserve it. Her sisters don’t care to help and only do because Feyre controls the little money they have to spend and she won’t give them any to spend on nothing if they don’t at the very least help with the chores. Their father is the most useless of all. After losing the family fortune on a risky investment he was beaten by those he owed money to and messed his knee up pretty badly. He mostly spends his time sitting in the house carving little wooden sculptures and being useless.
Feyre and her family live in a rundown cottage just trying to survive in the world. In their world, there is a wall that divides the human population from the Fae population. Faeries are seen as bad, terrifying monsters that live to torture humans. Feyre is always hearing about this or that village that’s been attacked and pillaged by some faerie or another. So the overall view of the Fae is pretty negative. So when Feyre kills a wolf that is actually a faerie in the forest and the faerie’s High Lord comes calling for retribution, it seems like the end of her world. She gives herself up to the creature that comes for her to protect her family and even as she’s being taken away, she’s still trying to make sure her family will survive by telling them what they need to do without her.
This story is amazing because the author gives us just enough information to keep the reader interested and dying to know what’s going to happen next. It’s told in the first person from Feyre’s perspective, which I really enjoy because we get to see the world of faeries from someone who’s afraid and hates the Fae people because of all of the misinformation she’s been given her whole life. I think it’s really interesting to see the world through her eyes because we get to learn about how false all of her misconceptions are. This story is paced nicely, the story flows in a way that makes sense.
One of my favorite things about our main character is her love for painting and the way she sees the world. She sees the world, especially once she goes into faerie, as if she wants to turn it into a painting. Consistently observing colors she’s never seen before and wondering how to make those colors to put on a canvas. I think this was a really interesting method for the author to use to describe setting and such. Seeing the world through Feyre’s eyes we get to see that even though she’s in a place she’s terrified of, it’s a beautiful place and we can tell that because of her extreme desire to paint everything she sees. I guess it’s more that we’re seeing this world through the eyes of an artist. Along with this artists eye comes the fact that she’s incredibly observant. She’s always paying attention, even more so once she’s living within the Spring Court. She’s full of questions once she’s there, even if she’s not asking the right questions at first, I still appreciate this as part of who she is. It’s something that will serve her well.
Okay enough about Feyre, for now. Let’s talk about some other characters. The High Lord, Tamlin. At the start of this story, he seems uninterested. He’s definitely someone with anger issues, this is apparent from the very start. But he seems like maybe he’s not such a bad guy because he could have just killed Feyre and been done with it all. As the story goes on, we see him trying to put more of an effort into befriending our main character, an effort she stubbornly refuses because she’s focused on trying to escape and go back home. Once she realizes there is no escape, she’s more willing to get to know Tamlin. This is also helped by the fact that Tamlin gave her family an incredible amount of money so that they wouldn’t all starve to death without Feyre to care for them. This fact was probably what made her more open to knowing him. Tamlin is portrayed as an honorable, loyal, caring, just all around good guy.
I really enjoyed following Feyre while she discovers that most of the things she thinks she knows about the Fae are in fact false. They can lie, iron has no effect on them, etc, etc. I also really enjoyed getting to experience all of the new holidays and celebrations and whatnot that take place above the wall that she’s never even heard of.
The love affair between Tamlin and Feyre is just so romantic and adorable and cute it’s almost too much. They’re the perfect love story, once Feyre actually lets herself admit that she has feelings for Tam. She’s in denial for quite a while during the time that Tamin is wooing her.
The author does a very good job of showing what’s happening instead of just telling the story, which is something that I’m learning to do better in my own personal writing. So getting to see it in action is nice. Reading the story feels like I’m in it, I’m a part of the story because the author’s showing me whats happening, not is telling me.
Some final thoughts, A Court of Thorns and Roses was an interesting but twisted beauty and the beast sort of story where the weak little human girl saves the world with some help from unlikely friends. There is so much more I could say about this story and the characters in it, but I have three more books in the series to review, so I’m going to focus on the two that this story is focused on. So take my advice and go buy this book so you can love it as much as I do.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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