Book Buddies: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (Chat and Giveaway!)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

So, you may be wondering why there is another Book Buddies post when I had one last month. Well, if you didn't know, on October 29, 2014 (A year ago, TODAY!) Lauren and Cristina post the first Book Buddies post and with that, this feature-thing launched! Every other month, Lauren and I read a book and discuss our thoughts and feelings in a Q+A style of a chat! Within this year, we have read both the Grisha trilogy and the Program duology and the Remedy. (To see all the Book Buddies reviews and discussions, click here)

In celebration for a year of Book Buddies, Lauren, Cristina, and I have prepared something special! We decided to all read a book together and do a 3 way chat. Along with that we are all giving away A copy of A Madness So Discreet! So, I hope you enjoy the chat and do enter the giveaway if you're interested. :)

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A Madness So Discreet

Author: Mindy McGinnis
Pages: 384
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: Katherine Tegen Books
Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past. In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us. 

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Make sure to check out Lauren's post! To see the next part of this discussion, check out Christina's post! Minor spoilers in this discussion so be aware.

L: Agreed! I think a lot of that comes down to the treatment of women during that time - but I would like to get into that later!

K: I liked her arc too! The fact that by the end of the book she was talking and "normal" really showed great character development and I love how the author was able to incorporate that.

L: She definitely does have some psychological issues, but I wonder if they existed because of the abuse, because of her time in the asylum, because of her time with Thornhollow, or a combination of all three.

C: I think it's an interesting plot element, to show that we're all really one bad experience away from exhibiting behavior that could be worthy of being "institutionalized" by broader society. Lauren, I'd say it was probably a combination of all three!

L: It was such a huge incident for her too. It shaped her life and relationships so much. She became closed off from everyone, including the fact that she decided not to speak to almost anyone.

K: It's kind of like PSTD. When someone goes through an experience that may be traumatic, everyone automatically treats that person as if they were going to have crying fit then and there.

C: And, in turn, that behavior toward the person impacts how the person will act. Grace chose not to speak as a defense mechanism, but it ended up shutting her out from positive relationships, too.

L: I was happy when she finally opened up to Elizabeth towards the end... and the fact that she had a positive female relationship in her life. (Even if that person was considered crazy!)

K: I was so excited for that part because Nell never got to hear Grace's voice so Lizzie finally being able to was a huge step in their friendship

C: I was happy to see her develop strong female relationships at the Ohio asylum...I'd love to touch on what you bought up about the way women were treated in the book, Lauren, if you want to elaborate on that point!

L: Yes! I don't have a lot of experience with historical fiction but I know in general how women were treated terribly back then. (Of course, they still are today, but things have improved in many ways ;) ) I thought it was really interesting to see how easily a woman could be thrown into an institution like that, or how women could be murdered and no one would care.

K: The way women were treated in this book was definitely showed that this book did not take place in the 20th century. I mean, the way Croomes and Heedson treated Grace in the beginning of this book really scared me. It also sheds some light on how "insane" people are treated because people treat them as if they're animals.

L: I loved the inclusion of Thornhollow's sister and her work with early women's rights movement, too!

C: Yes, Thornhollow's sister (I think her name was Adelaide) was a nice nod to what was a still very early stage of women's rights.

C: Kaitlin, I agree her treatment was really horrific to read at the beginning.

L: I'm also not generally interested in reading books that involve pregnancy, so I wasn't sure how to feel when I saw that in the synopsis. When I learned what the circumstances were and saw how that whole incident went down, I was appalled.

Cristina: It was VERY hard to read at certain points, definitely.

K: Reading about what happened with Grace's baby took me as a complete shock because I was disgusted with the circumstances in how it happened and the fact that she had this child inside of her that had basically the same genes as her.

C: True, and it seemed the asylum staff seemed to know and didn't really seem that appalled by the circumstances of how she was impregnated.

L: It's terrible to think about. I couldn't imagine living during that time period.

Cristina: I found it interesting that Grace still felt a need to protect the baby though, despite the abuse she suffered that let to it being conceived. I think she had a strong, strong maternal instinct that extended to her relationships with others, like her sister.

K: Yeah before I found out what had really happened with that baby I felt horrible for Grace after what happened to it because it seemed like she loved that child.

L: Definitely. Like Thornhollow said, it seemed like her sister's well-being was the only thing she cared about. It was like she took on a motherly role to her sister, as well as her baby (for a short time)... maybe because her relationship with her own mother clearly wasn't positive.

K: Seeing Grace's relationship with Alice was pretty nice because I definitely feel like there aren't enough good relationships between siblings. I love how also, despite the circumstances, Grace was still able to care for her sister.

C: I think she drew power from being responsible for someone else, for saving some else. I mean, her and Thornhollow were sort of vigilantes – attempting to solve murders and all.

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #24

Harry Potter Moment of the Week
Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme created by Uncorked Thoughts. Each week there is a question, Harry Potter related of course, and all you do answer the question. It is a great way to celebrate and keep Harry Potter alive!

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Favorite new bit of information since the series has been over? From Pottermore or JKR herself.

I feel like I haven't been keeping up with Pottermore or any other Harry Potter news. (Oops!) Let me go onto the site now and look. Okay, one of the most recent and exciting pieces of news is definitely the new Harry Potter play. Super excited to hear more news about it but the synopsis is already enough for me to want to it. Unfortunately, I believe it's going to be awhile before the play comes to the United States but knowing there will be more Harry Potter is GREAT!
Excited!
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-Kaitlin




Waiting on Wednesday #26

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Truthwitch

Author: Susan Dennard
Pages: 416
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 5th 2016 
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness. Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Why I'm Waiting...

Okay, so maybe I haven't read anything by Susan Dennard yet but hopefully that will be fixed soon. This book has been really talked about around Twitter and I am honestly excited to read it. It's been awhile since I have read a book about witches and Dennard's book seems like something that will bring me right back to the world of witches. For one, I am excited to learn more about the different kind of witches that are featured in the Truthwitch world. Based on the synopsis though, I can tell that these two main characters have a great friendship and I am all up for. I also love friendships even more when they are the "opposites attract" kind of friendship so I am super excited to meet these two characters. There is also the fact that I can definitely see a lot of action and fighting in this book! A war and people who will do anything for a Truthwitch? Heck yes! Plus, I'm really excited to meet Merik. ;)

So tell me: Have you heard of this book and what are your thoughts on it?

Let's Talk!: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road

Author: Erin Bowman
Pages: 336
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publishing on: September 1st 2015
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.   

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Erin Bowman is one of my favorite authors, the amount of times I mention her or talk about her books on my blog here should give you that idea. When I first heard she was planning to write a western, I was excited but skeptical at the same time. Don't get me wrong, I knew it was going to be great but I think I was just scared to the fact that I might not enjoy it. I had read one western before Vengeance Road and fairly enjoyed it. However, if you compared my first western to VR, they had two different plots. I am glad I picked up VR though because it was one heck of a read with laughs, so much action, suspense, and a great read that one would read if they wanted to get into western novels.

Kate Thompson is such a great character. I love how independent she is and how able to she is to take care and protect herself. In the beginning of the book I could really tell that Kate was okay with being alone and on her own and I love how throughout the book, she slowly let's her walls down and for once, allows herself to have help with anything that she needs help with and I love that character development. The other characters that comes along with Kate on getting justice for her father were all a joy. They were all able to contribute to her mission and some characters brought fun to the book whilst some brought mystery or frustration. ;)

I think I enjoyed the plot the most for this book. Not only was it such a fun one, there was one end goal for the characters but the journey for towards that end goal was so uncertain for me, and as the book progresses I still didn't know exactly what would for sure happen because of how easily it was for Erin to twist the plot a bit. I knew the end game but the journey and process to that result was always a mystery to me and I loved how that kept me on my toes.

The ending was really satisfying. Kate does what she sets out to do and I really love how the book just fades off in the end. Like this happened, time to return back to my normal life. I don't know if anything I'm saying makes any sense but the end just faded off and I feel like that is something I rarely see in books, especially books that have a ton of action in them.

Another aspect I really loved about this book was the beautiful writing. Let me say, this book is definitely a western. The way the characters speak: western. The way Kate narrates: so western. Erin writes like she has a western accent and that really enhanced the western feeling and vibe to the book. Loved it and it wouldn't be Vengeance Road without the western like narrating and writing.

I gave this book 5 stars because I loved the characters, plot and thought the western like narrating and writing was a beautiful touch to the book.

Let's Talk!: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fairest

Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 220
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Day: January 27th 2015
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told. Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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Wow this was a pretty surprising read for me! It has really been awhile since I could really enjoy a Lunar Chronicles and I am glad to have enjoyed this book. I always thought that Levanna was evil and Fairest really basically screamed in my face that Levanna was a lot more evil than what I thought. (Surprising? I think not!) Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book and loved reading about Levanna's evil glory.

I think the only problem I have with the book is that I can in no way connect to the characters or relate to them and honestly that is totally okay because it didn't hinder my enjoyment towards it. I have probably only read one book where the main character was evil (Hello the Young Elites!) and I definitely do love that change and unfamiliarness when you're not reading from the protagonist. Of course, Levanna see's herself as doing the right thing, every antagonist does. One thing I admire about her though is how devoted she is to her country. She did all these evil things just so Luna wouldn't die and collapse. Of course, measures did a get a bit extreme but her dedication is great. Levanna definitely comes from a not very positive family. I mean as a princess, your parents may not have exactly wanted to marry each other and I can totally see how that rubbed off of Levanna and her sister, Channary, because they're both sooo evil it's kind of scary.

If it's anything I love about prequels its getting to know more about a character and learning more about Levanna was great. I feel like the big bads of books are never familiarized enough and we never get to read about their past so getting to know more about them is always a treat. I loved the way Marissa was able to kind of incorporate some of our main characters into the book. Throughout the book, Winter is in it and Princess Selene as well! For the people that are pretty caught up with the series, we got to see glimpses of Jacin and some hints towards Cress. I loved all the easter eggs! There is this one passage that I will never forget from when I first read Cinder (which was about 2 years ago?) and it really was the first introduction to her.
They said she’d murdered her older sister, Queen Channary, so she could take the throne from her. They said she’d had her own husband killed too so she would be free to make a more advantageous match. They said she had forced her stepdaughter to mutilate her own face because, at the sweet age of thirteen, she had become more beautiful than the jealous queen could stand. They said she’d killed her niece, her only threat to the throne. Princess Selene had only been three years old when a fire caught in her nursery, killing her and her nanny.
I went into this book so excited to see and read more about Levanna killing her sister, husband, and being a jerk to her step daughter. (I swear I am not sadistic or anything, I just really wanted to see how she did it hehe) I got 3/4 of those events that were mentioned in that passage and I enjoyed every part of that.

I gave this book 5 stars because it was a great prequel read about Levanna. I enjoyed the characters plot writing, everything! Super excited now to read Winter. 

Give Me These Books.

Monday, October 26, 2015

So remember when we first watched Beauty and the Beast. And there was that one glorious moment when Beast brings Belle to the library that looked like this?!
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I was approached by Invaluable to tell you guys a few books I would love to have in my library and would want to win in an auction and that is exactly what I am going to be doing today. So sit back, enjoy, and if you ever want to look at rare items (Like books!) for auction, definitely check out Invaluable!

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1. ARC of the Hunger Games
I feel like these things are so rare but they do exist! Hunger Games is definitely one of the books that brought me into reading YA and I value that series very much. If I could even see an ARC of that book in person, I would pretty much flip! 

2. Signed copy of Harry Potter 
Do these even exist? I mean I'm pretty positive JK Rowling went on signings and stuff when Harry Potter was first coming out! I really hope signed Harry Potter copies do exist because if they don't then someone really needs to do something about that...

3. ARC of Shadow and Bone
Shadow and Bone, one of the books to one of my favorite series out there. I definitely know ARCs of Shadow and Bone exist so if I could get my hands on one of these I would pretty much take off with it! I have seen a picture of the ARC copy and the cover is definitely a lot different from the final cover.

4. A Signed copy of Beezus and Ramona
The Ramona Quimby series is a super important aspect of my reading life during my elementary school years. My mom bought me some of the books from Scholastic Book Orders (remember those?) and I devoured and loved that series. A signed copy would be so valuable to me!

So tell me: What books would be on your dream literary collection? Also, make sure to check out Invaluable!

One Lovely Blog Award

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hello everyone! Today I am here with an exciting award! The lovely ladies at Birds Love Words have nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! So, I am here to fulfill this nomination (?) and tag some lovely people! Here are the rules:
  1. Display the award
  2. Follow the lovely person who nominated you
  3. Nominate 15 other lovely bloggers and let them know
  4. Add 7 facts about yourself
  5. Mention the rules!
Now, to the 7 facts!

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1. I am about 5'3? My mom is about 5'3 3/4 and I am a biiiit shorter than her!

2. I drink a lot of water. Yes, random fact but I do. Over the summer I saw the effects of "lack of drinking water" and yeah I basically drank about 50oz of water every day after that.

3. I am a pretty neat person. This fact is pretty funny considering the fact that I was such a messy disorganized child. In 3rd grade, when I got my own room I really stepped up my organization game and since then my room has been pretty clean and organized. I don't know how you people function in a messy work space!

4. I love to sing. I feel like I sing all the day during my time, especially when I’m at home. I’m one of those people where I can sing without getting too subconscious about it. :)

5. My spelling is horrible. A lot of writing that is done is mostly done online and with that, comes spell check! Without spell check my writing woud prety much be a mes that looks like ths. Okay, so maybe my spelling isn’t as horrible as what I just typed but I mistype things very often and with more complex words, my spelling can get pretty ridiculous. (<- I just misspelled this word!)

6. I have yet to make friends with my librarians. I feel like every book lover has made friends with their librarian and I honestly don’t go to the library often enough for that to be applicable for me. Really should be getting on to that…

7. I really struggle with facts about myself. Honestly, I see myself as a pretty boring person? I mean y’all are used to the “Hey! I blog thing!” so other than that I really don’t have much to say about myself. You could probably find more facts about myself if you really looked through some old posts (Don’t get any ideas!) and I have pretty much said all the interesting facts in previous posts. I have ran out of facts about myself….

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I nominate:

Claudia @ PenMarkings
The Ladies @ Things Lucy Reads
and anyone else who is interested!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #22

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme created by Uncorked Thoughts. Each week there is a question, Harry Potter related of course, and all you do answer the question. It is a great way to celebrate and keep Harry Potter alive!

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The Quibbler needs a new headline story, what do you come up with?

Ohhhhh so I get to be the new and less annoying Rita Skeeter! This shall be fun *rubs palms together*
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I honestly would not know what to write about. I would love to be able to do interview and writing articles about a famous person. That would totally be fun! I always love doing an interviews and if I could score one with Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna, or heck! Even Voldemort, that would totally be awesome (Under the conditions of "He can't kill me") 

If I couldn't do an interview, I would totally write on why House Elves are underrated. Wizards definitely don't all treat their House Elves like I would and they need to know that! 

So tell me: What would you write about if you were part of the Quibbler?

Let's Talk!: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas

The Assassin's Blade

Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 448
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Release Date: March 4th 2014
Contains all five novellas. Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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I do not even know how to express my love for this book. I mean I have really loved the Sarah J Maas books I read before The Assassin's Blade but this one really blew me away. It is definitely different from the regular books in the series. This book is basically a compilation of 5 novellas, all taking place before Throne of Glass. I loved reading about Celaena at this point of her life and I also really enjoyed how these novellas all took place around the same time and kind of told her story before Throne of Glass within 5 novellas. It was an epic journey filled with both laughs and tears and I really loved every page of it.

The characters in this book were glorious and I really enjoyed getting to know people, especially Arobynn and Sam. These two are constantly mentioned characters in Throne of Glass and getting to know them felt like walking into a different era in Celaena's life. Sarah writes about a very different Celaena in this book as well. I mean, she is still such a badass character but this book really brought attention to how much the salt mines had changed her. I noticed that in this book, Celaena was a lot more...immature shall I say. For one thing, I loved how arrogant and (still!) sassy she was. She walked around like she had owned the place and I really admire her confidence. I'm not saying that Celaena now isn't sassy and arrogant, I just feel like in the time period the Assassin's Blade takes place, she just has more of it. 

As you can tell from all my gushing about this book, I obviously loved the plot and story line Sarah created. For one thing, I enjoyed seeing this world outside of the place that Throne of Glass takes place. This world is beautiful and I am excited to read more about the places in the Throne of Glass world! An aspect I really loved about this book and story line was how it was constantly keeping me on my toes with questions about what would happen next and what the crap was going on. It all definitely made for a fun reading. Within each novella, there was always such a great plot or ending point but the whole book also had a job  too and that (and in which I think ) was to answer all fan questions and to tell further details of Celaena's past. Both intentions of the book were very much fulfilled. Loved it loved it loved it.

I gave this book 5 stars because I really loved everything about it and how well it did with telling Celaena's story. 

Waiting on Wednesday #25

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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Thief of Lies

Author: Brenda Drake
Pages: ??
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: January 5th 2016
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound. Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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Why I'm Waiting...

I feel like I lack novels that are historical fiction. It's really not my cup of tea! When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew that I would really want to read it, despite the fact that this book does have historical fiction aspects to it. The time travel and getting sucked into a Paris library thing? Yes, I am always up for time travel and Paris libraries. I am also so ready to read about this (what I hope to be) adventure novel that is filled with action and loving it. Hehe. Oh and getting to experience the a possibly awkward journey of maybe Gia and Arik's romance? 
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So tell me: Have you heard of this book and what are your thoughts on it? I would love to hear!

Let's Talk!: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 562
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one. Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed. The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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Writing reviews for Sarah J Maas books are going to be hard, I can tell. Heir of Fire was a read that is definitely not one of my favorites. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this book but it did get a bit slow at some parts. Other than that, the characters, plot, writing, was great and so enjoyable to read about. I really loved the new characters that Sarah introduces in this book and I am really excited to see where they go in the rest of this series!

I really noticed change in Celaena throughout this book. Due to events that took place in Crown of Midnight, the place she has been left in Heir of Fire in definitely an interesting one. Reading about Celaena be put in these situations she has never been in before really brought out cool aspects of her that I never knew she had. She is no longer the same Celaena she was when she entered the King’s Competition and I am really excited to see further into that change in Queen of Shadows.

As for the new characters! I am beyond excited to see where they’re character arc will lead to and what kind of things they will do to affect this story. I already have an idea of what one character may do to affect this book but the other, my mind is still working that out.

Now, for plot…this part was the tougher part to get through. I loved it and how it really set’s up Queen of Shadows nicely but it did get slow, and that is what brought my rating down. Let’s just say by page 100, I was kind of bored. (Glad I pushed through that though!) Pacing was a little off but by the last 200 pages, that really changed and I was definitely able to get back into the book at that point. This plot also brought more information about magic and the different kinds of it, which is something I definitely appreciate. Along with more information, the plot and story also meant for such great action/battle scenes! For one thing, it is always awesome to see fighting in these series, because Celaena is so great at it and that really contributes to Sarah’s ability to keep me on my feet with so many plot twists and turns and I really love that.

I gave this book 4 stars because even though the pacing was a bit slow, I still really loved this book.

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. Each week there is a topic and we list off our top ten items based on that topic.

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10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

1. More bookshelf space
I feel like this is a struggle for all book lovers. It is so easy to use up all your shelf space when sites like BookOutlet exist! I mean, other sites I tend to sometimes lose control on but BookOutlet especially. It sucks too because my shelf is so tiny so I have a stack of books, just sitting next to myself because they just don't fit...

2. More money...to buy more books
Books cost money! Money is not unlimited! If anything, I would love for prices of books to go down but that is less money that goes to authors and companies. Ugh, I know I could always use the library but I do love having a personal copy of books you feel?
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3. Bigger variety of books on BookOutlet
Mentioned BookOutlet above so you could probably tell it's a big part of my book buying life. I love BookOutlet on some terms. I hate how they mark their books but hey, that's what happens when I buy $4 books. I do wish they had a larger selection there though. There are always so many sequels on that site but other great books. A lot of the times the books they have there are titles I have never heard of and that kind of sucks for me...
4. For authors to come to my area more
As someone who loves to attend signings and events, I feel like this is a struggle I have constant go through. I live near San Fran....buuuuut it's a pretty tedious drive for me, considering the fact that I can't drive and a parent usually has to take me. I do understand that some places don't even have authors visit their town and I sympathize for you people! I just wish San Fran wasn't such a skipped over city. I mean I have seen authors have three events in the Los Angeles area and totally skip over San Fran! There may be a more in dept reason for that but it would be great if authors could give readers everywhere a chance to meet them?

5. A book about Nikolai Lantsov
Nikolai Lantsov, my lovveee. If you don't know he is a character in the Grisha trilogy! If you haven't read the Grisha trilogy then WHUT ARE YOU DOING!? Read it please! Anywho, I have heard things about a book or story about Nikolai but I would love for that information to be confirmed. I mean I love him so much so a book about him would basically make me excited to no end. 
6. To meet JK Rowling
I read Harry Potter when all the movies were already out. (I am still a small human! If I read HP when they were first coming out, I would have been reading them in the comfort of my mother's womb.) Therefore, I missed out on midnight movie releases or signing events. I can only imagine how crowded a JK Rowling event would be. It would still be great to meet her and if I ever had the chance, you know I would definitely do it! 

7. MORE TIME TO READ
THIS. Ever since school has started I feel like I can't do anything on time anymore. This is just honestly a problem with my constant "getting distracted." *cries* Reading has been slow for me to the point where I am reading a book per week, which is very unusual for me. Here is hopes I get my shit together and actually quit wasting time doing things so I make more time for reading! 

8. More Copies of a Book at the Library
This is a struggle I constantly have been encountering lately. So, I have been trying to go the library more often and I absolutely feel so irritated when I put a hold on a book and I am like 82347982347 in line. (An exaggerated but you get the picture right?) Yes yes I understand I must wait my turn but if every library could purchase a copy of this one book, maybe I would be able to get this book within 2 months rather than 7?
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9. More people who enjoy books!
I'm not complaining about anything okay? I love my twitter friends who I can fangirl to books about but it is just not the same as doing it IRL. Like, I know a few people I can always fangirl to but if I could have more people to do that, it would be awesome.

10. Better book to movie adaptations
We have all encountered bad book to movie adaptations right? I mean, not to name any movies but Percy Jackson, Divergent, kind of Mortal Instruments (Okay, that adaptation wasn't horrible until the end). I have seen some good adaptations but I really want more good ones. Hopefully we get more because I am absolutely so sad when adaptations suck!

So tell me: Have you experienced any of the wishes I have mentioned? Do you have any wishes you want the Book Genie to grant?



S.F.D: Open Letter to Kim Savage and After the Woods

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello and welcome to the second mission of Sassy's Fangirl Debuts! We are a group of agents working together to promote wonderful debut authors. Yesterday, I gave you all a summary of what we were doing. So now we shall get into our first mission, an open letter to a debut author! I have been assigned to write a letter to Kim Savage, who is the author of After the Woods!

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After the Woods

Author: Kim Savage
Pages: 320
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: February 23rd 2016
An emotionally-charged debut novel about the deadly lies hidden beneath a destructive friendship. One year ago, two best friends, Liv and Julia, were attacked in the woods by a paroled predator. In an attempt to save Liv, Julia was left behind while Liv escaped. After spending three days in the woods trying to escape her abductor, Julia was rescued. She only remembers what happened in the woods in terrifying flashbacks. Now, on the eve of the anniversary of the attack, a body is found in the woods. This discovery rips open fresh wounds between the two girls as the truth about Liv's role in the kidnapping is revealed.

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Dear Kim Savage

Dear Kim Savage,

First of all, huge congrats on landing a publishing deal on your story. (I mean if a publisher didn’t pick your story up then there would obviously be SOMETHING wrong with them!) When I first read the synopsis for After the Woods, I immediately knew that this was a book I was going to want to read. Not only does it seem super mysterious, I am excited for how you handle the plot. Then there are also these two main characters, Liv and Julia. I can tell they were very close people and I am curious to see how that “destructive relationship” that was mentioned in the synopsis will affect the book. 

One thing I am expecting of this book is the plot to kind of develop as more information about the kidnapping is revealed (I may be wrong!). Those kind of plots are my absolute favorite. It really makes for an exciting read. Not only am I looking forward to all these secrets being revealed and new shocking information being learned, but I am hoping to get more information on what really happened during Julia’s kidnapping! I may love mysteries, but I love them being solved even more. 

And then there is that one line in the synopsis,”…truth about Liv's role in the kidnapping is revealed” that really left me pushing people for this book. It kind of left me just thinking “WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT DO YOU MEAN!?” you know? It obviously has to be super important if it was mentioned the synopsis! And naturally as a curious person, I want to learn more about Liv's role! 

So excited to be able to read your book Kim! Expecting it to be a twisting, exciting, keep-me-on-my-toes- read!   
-Kaitlin

Make sure to check out the other wonderful people also doing this project!

Talina (our fearless leader) | @talinaroma
Stefani | @StefaniSloma
Emily | @Emren
Heather | @hermitlibrarian
Eileen | @BookCatPin
Karina | @Watcha_Reading
Deanna | @deeschwazy
Claudia | @penmarkings
Kaitlin | @NextPagePlease_
Jasmine | @JasmineRaymundo
Angel | @AvidReaderBlog
Bex | @AureliaLit
Melissa | @MeliRobles
Kaitlin | @KaitlinS16
Aila | @aila_1woaa
Jess | @PrincessicaOB
Jamie | @booksandladders
Lauren | @BetweenDPages
Lizzie | @LizzieSarcastic
Erin | @xerinxlynnx
Aimee@aimeereads

So tell me: What are your thoughts on this book and are you excited for the kick off of this project!?