The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

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“The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist”

*Better late than never review*

This book is one big story comprised of little moments sewn together. Brittainy Cherry is fast becoming one of my favorite authors given that this is only my second read from her.The Silent Waters.jpg

When you read a story and it touches your soul, you WILL know.

This is one of those stories wherein I have absolutely no clue as to how things will play out. I fell in love with Maggie and Brooks as kids and even more as they grew. I admire how Cherry’s plots are unlike any other, how she digs in deeper and really finds that connection to her readers.

She creates characters which are not perfect. She creates characters you can relate to, characters who are flawed that you will sometimes find bits and pieces of yourself in them. 

She reinvents flaws and make them strengths and to date, I have to say that creating characters who seem real to me will always be one of her greatest strength as an author.

It also seems like friendship and family are dominant themes in her stories. This one in particular spans years and it started during our main characters’ childhood to being young adults to adulthood. I love how the story evolved, how the characters grew and I felt myself growing with them. I can’t say a lot about the story without giving much away. What’s important for you to know is that this is superbly written, thoughtfully structured with the minor characters providing great support to the main characters. How all the characters grew and matured with time is just exceptional. Each one affects the other and the main strength of this story is in the depth of our characters. 

Books like this is one of the reasons I read – to feel, to think and to learn to appreciate even the tiniest moments. 

4.5 STARS!

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Review Headings -  Blurb

Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

 

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

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“Sure it could get rough sometimes, but life wasn’t a Hollywood movie. Shit happened. You fought, you screamed, and somehow you worked like hell to get out the other side still intact.” 

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I’ve had the paperback for so long and this book just kept being pushed down my TBR list. For starters, I enjoyed how it was a fun, quick read or maybe because I’ve been on a fantasy binge for so long that I’m really excited to go back to my NA world. I also realize that this is my first ever book from Samantha Young and I find her writing style engaging and easy to read.

The thing is, it started out really okay, it was actually strong in the beginning until my interest kind of waned and I think it was mostly due to my growing dislike for the main character. I found myself not really being a fan of Jocelyn/Joss. She has a rocky past but I felt like she was intentionally being rude and aloof. She has the tendency of making everything seem like it’s about her. Initially, I found myself being sympathetic to her and the tragedy she experienced but over time, I found her plain annoying and cold. Mind you, I love reading about complex and layered characters but Joss is just bratty.   Beyond her traumatized self, it seems like she has no personality… at all.

On the other hand, Braden is an alpha male but his brand of alpha is something that I was able to tolerate and like. When he is not being his alpha self, I find his character really well developed and truly a swoon worthy book boyfriend. If he could not be my boyfriend, at least let him be my brother. *winks* Also, let us take time to applaud him for painstakingly pursuing Joss. This guy has an abundant load of persistence!

However, character wise, I found myself mostly invested on our supporting characters. I just love and adore Ellie and Adam – individually and as a couple. They have purity and sincerity in them and I adore how they just seem fun, positive and light.

There were scenes which felt disconnected and not really needed but still, it has been an entertaining and fun read for me. There was enough romance, sexy times and drama to create a balance to the story and I feel like I would have loved it more had Joss been more likable. But that’s just me.

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Review Headings - Blurb

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

 

 

Scandal in Seattle by Nicole Williams

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“Revenge was an odd thing it could motivate a person like nothing else. It was my opinion that people who lacked motivation in life had a deficit of revenge. That wasn’t my problem, though. When it came to revenge, I had an abundant surplus.”SCANDAL IN SEATTLE.jpg

These books are painstakingly short and I just want more!!! 

Our Eve is back and on a roll! Things get a bit complicated when she lands a new target – Henry, a Ten and also her former lover, also that one guy who changed everything for her. Her new errand now involves getting revenge and things become complex when business and personal life clash.

Henry’s busy schedule gave way for Ally (formerly Sienna, originally named Eve) to work on another Errand and we again see how meticulous she is, how organized she plans for her targets and how focused she can be. Again, this target is hopeless and cannot be converted into a good guy as much as we want to. Ally worked her charm, creeping her way into her new target’s life – doing just as she was asked to do by the client wife.

I find the concept, the plot, even our protagonist fascinating and interesting. What intrigues me the most at this point is Henry. He brings life to our protagonist. He is different from all the other targets in the sense that there is no dirt on him. His wife just wants to separate herself, get her money and get out of the marriage.

To be honest. I like Henry’s character and feel that there is a bigger story to his “cheating” and past relationship to Eve (Sienna or Ally). Also, I sense that Eve still harbors some deep rooted feelings that she just cannot acknowledge at this point in her life and with this kind of career.

I’m excited to see how Henry and Eve’s story pans out and what other revelations are in store for me.

So far, so good.

3.5 STARS

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Review Headings - Blurb

Revenge isn’t what the Eves are about. Justice is.

But when Sienna Stevens leaves Miami for her Errand in Seattle as Ally Andrews, revenge is the only thing on her mind. A woman scorned is one thing, but Ally is something else altogether. She will not rest until the man who upended her world is brought to his personal and financial knees. She won’t settle for just upending his world in return. She’s going for full-blown annihilation.

Ally’s barely in Seattle a day before complications arise. She begins making slips. She’s one error away from being pulled from the biggest Errand of her career when she comes face to face with Henry Callahan. Former lover. Current Target.

Things just went from complicated to catastrophic.

Mischief in Miami by Nicole Williams

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“Life’s a sequence of gambles. You’re going to win some. You’re going to lose some. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play the game.”

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Well, this is quite the surprise.

I have read Collared by Nicole Williams before and I LIKED it enough. I came across this series in my search for my next read after a fantasy binge and the plot intrigued me. I started this first book right away and boy, I was really fascinated.

Given the premise, the storyline could be a bit messy but I liked how the author gave life and justification to the Eves. In the simplest of terms, Eves are women who work for other women to help them get out of a marriage with a big fortune in their pockets. Eves are actually homewreckers hired by the wives to get out of their marriages with their cheating husbands.

The writing is good though it feels detached at times due to the main character’s sole narrative. However, I feel like it was a reflection of the main character’s personality. All work, no attachments. She felt impersonal, unreal and void of emotions. Her mindset is on finishing an Errand (how they refer to a job or an assignment) without any strings attached.

If you’re looking for romance or a bad boy turned good kind of story, I’m afraid that this might not be the one for you. This is a woman who consciously enters and wreaks havoc in a marriage. You might not like her, you might not understand her but in a way, I kind of understand why she does what she does. And  surprisingly, I found myself rooting for her.

We get a glimpse of Sienna and her life as an Eve in this first book. However, just when we start to understand them and their way of living, that ending kind of rocked the boat when we were given a sneak preview that these Eves also has their pasts and history. With that cliffhanger, I will surely dive into the next book. Who is that guy and why was Sienna affected by him so much?

This book is a short, fast paced read that’s not only good for killing time but also if you’re looking for a different kind of reading flavor.  

3.5 STARS

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Review Headings - Blurb

Seduction. Infidelity. Blackmail. Scandal. It can all be bought for the right price and for Sienna Stevens, business is good.

Because she’s in the business of Great Exploitations.

She’s an Eve, a member of a secret society of women contracted by the wives of wealthy, powerful men for one reason and one reason only: to seduce their husbands. To ensure their pre-nuptial agreement will be null and void thanks to a little loophole known as the Infidelity Clause. To ensure that those wives don’t find themselves on the other side of a divorce without a penny to their name.

When it comes to the Eves, Sienna’s one of the best because she follows the number one rule of the Eves to the letter: don’t let it get personal.

When the job file of her wealthiest client yet falls into her lap, Sienna realizes that this case could be the one that’s impossible to detach herself from. The payout would lead to her independence, but will the cost be too high in the end?

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”

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Throne of Glass ended spectacularly that I just cannot resist diving into the second book immediately. I was intrigued, I was supremely curious. What happens to Celaena now? What happens to my ship? *wink wink*

Crown of Midnight offers a multitude of events that I just cannot find the right words to describe the awesomeness packed in this story. I did not linger on a single emotion because I found myself on highs and lows. It’s too early to tell but this can be my favorite among the series. (But that’s still open for re-negotiation. AS OF WRITING, I JUST FINISHED Qos AND CoM STILL REMAINS TO BE MY FAVORITE)

In terms of character development, I am glad that I was able to see a softer (if you could call it that) side to the bratty and hard headed assassin. I felt her opening up slowly, shedding layers of her solid core. I felt like I enjoyed this version of Celaena better that the one in TOG. The hyped up assassin I was looking for is here! After this book, everything made sense! I understood the entitlement, why she can be bratty and arrogant and stubborn. It all made perfect sense.

On the other hand, I couldn’t be happier for my ship. Love triangle, you said???? I’m sorry but my ship seems winning on this one although I have to admit that Dorian was a big surprise in this book. Initially, he felt like an obstacle to me but eventually, I enjoyed how he is being shaped as his own character and being made to fully stand on his own. 

It’s not just Dorian alone but all the other characters we get to know more of are ever changing and growing. I feel like we are slowly being made to see just how HUGE this series can be with all the plot twists, all the backstories, all the complex, multilayered characters we encountered.

Crown of Midnight is emotional as it is shocking, it’s twisted as it is satisfying.

I just don’t know if I can find the appropriate words for this book. Seriously, it feels like this made up for all the small flaws in Throne of Glass. I feel like Maas gave us a taste of what she can offer with Throne of Glass then gave us the main, delicious course in Crown of Midnight. This book had me on edge since I cannot imagine how it would end. With all the complexities, all the turns and twists and the madness and chaos – I did not dare hope for a positive ending.

BUT THAT ENDING POSITIVELY SHOOK ME! That was an ending I did not see coming. 

5 STARS!

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Review Headings - BlurbFrom the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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“It is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters.”

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*POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK*

Finishing ACOMAF gave me such an undescribable high and after reading ACOWAR…..well, I feel kind of sad writing this review.

I was late to join the Maas bandwagon and my first taste of her writing was with A Court of Thorns and Roses (which made me realize that I haven’t written a review for ACOTAR and ACOMAF yet!!). This was a year ago and I became one among the many impatiently waiting for this third book.

ACOMAF ended in a tense cliffhanger, with a promise of suspense, manipulation and a lot of high intensity. To my dismay, the first few chapters fell short for me. It was mostly Feyre’s rants and pining and I didn’t get the force and excitement I was expecting.  


PACE: The first half was slow for me. Boy, do I have a problem with the pacing. If this was the first book in a series, I would have put it down already. It was slow, sluggish and Feyre’s sole narrative can get tiring. It was narrative after narrative, only picking up when something remotely exciting happens. At Review Headings - Thoughts and Feelsabout 60 percent, I realized that the only reason I’m still sticking around is because I’m already invested in the characters from the first two books. I was hoping that the remaining 40 percent will redeem the monotony I felt in more than half of the book but I feel like I should not go through roughly 400++ pages of flatness before finally getting to a really good part.

There were parts which for me were repetitive and I feel that this could be a couple hundred pages less than its current length.


POV: This is one of those books where in I wish I was getting multiple POVs. It would have provided so much clarity, so much more information and so much more feels I was yearning for. There were scenes wherein I felt like something exciting would happen but we would never know since we can only see through Feyre. Our side characters are deep, complex and dynamic and I would have loved to see through their eyes and understand through their thoughts.

Through the whole book, I felt that much needed longing for a multiple POV the most during the battle scene. I wish I could have seen the battle from Cassian, or Azriel’s eyes. I would have also liked to get a glimpse on the minds of the other High Lords. Instead, we saw the battle unfold from a mere onlooker.


BATTLE SCENE: ACOMAF’s battle scene shouts EPIC and that set my standards pretty high. I was expecting the same intense, edge of my seat feels with ACOWAR but it didn’t come close. I feel like all these powers and strength were just left there and not utilized. Also, where were Feyre’s water wolves?


MORE QUESTIONS: This book ended with more questions than when I started. I feel like a lot of the plot twists are placed there to propel for the next books to come. Let’s start with the obvious ones:

MOR – I have such high regard for the LGBTQ community but I feel like Mor’s admission was somehow forced. I don’t know why, but it just doesn’t feel believable. I felt like it was made to happen for mere representation without foundation from the first two books. 

LUCIEN – he was a presence during the first half then he ran off to play hero to locate a missing queen and ended up missing the rest of the story. Seriously, what is up with that? No one even kept tabs on him or thought to wonder how he is. One moment he’s here, the next day he’s gone resurfacing only in those last few chapters. Also, that reveal about his lineage was most likely to pave way for another book because that’s a twist that wasn’t even fully acknowledged.

NESTA/ELAIN: These two ladies have so much potential to be amazing. There’s this buildup regarding their powers which in the end were not even given much attention. I thought that their use of powers will make a sort of debut during the war but there was none of that. Elain can be cute but her character can easily be overshadowed by the other strong characters surrounding her. On the contrary, Nesta is too strong and stubborn that I wonder if she even feels at all. There are moments when I get to peek at her humanity, at her heart – but those are fleeting, minute moments and as much as I understand her backsground – this girl seriously needs to face and understand her emotions about Feyre, about Cassian, about her new life in general. 

I still have a lot on my list but writing them would be too rant-y already. 


THE GOOD: I have to say that I cannot stay away from this book mainly because of the characters. I love this crew so much and feel like they could have been made more amazing. There’s a lot of potential left for them to develop. I like how these characters were individualized but I feel like their growth was rushed and very little development happened in such few chapters left.

These characters are broken and discovering themselves everyday as they try to heal. I love how the other ships are given focus as well but like what I mentioned earlier, I wish it could have been from their POV for a more in depth understanding of their characters. Cassian and Azriel will always be favorites of mine. Despite the mating, I really get excited everytime Azriel will have an interaction with Elain. Also, was it just me or did you get a vibe that Nesta could be Cassian’s mate? 

Another plus point for me would be the meeting wherein I was able to get a glimpse of all the other courts and the personalities behind them. Also, I didn’t expect that I would have this kind of attachment and longing for the Bone Carver, the Weaver and the Suriel. It’s amazing how all these characters came together and banded for one common goal to fight in this very GOT-like battle.  

There were also strong messages being delivered like forgiveness, hope, survival, family, redemption and unity. It’s a strong book actually but I felt all these immensely ONLY in the latter third part of the story. There were other scenes and references I really liked such as the library and the reason why it was built, seeing Cassian in his element, Amren and Varian, Tamlin and Jurian, Miryam and Drakon, the other High Lords, the three ships, Vassa and my favorite, Rhysand’s speech.  


LASTLY, WHAT’S WITH ALL THE PURRING??? Jurian purred. Ianthe purred. Feyre purred. Rhys purred. Cassian purred. The Carver purred. Helion purred. And dear God, even the Cauldron purred. I can’t even describe how unsettling that can be.

WILL I CONTINUE WITH THE SERIES? Yes, if only to get the answers to the questions left. It was a good ending, not so epic but still enjoyable. I’m still deciding if it was me, the book or the extremely high expectations I set after ACOMAF. 

3 STARS TO RATTLE.

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A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES SERIES IN A GLANCE

A Court of Thorns and Roses – 4 STARS

A Court of Mist and Fury – 5 STARS

A Court of Wings and Ruin – 3 STARS

OVERALL: 4 STARS

4 star rating


 

Review Headings - Blurb

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.

WWW WEDNESDAYS – May 3, 2017

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It’s another Wednesday and as you all know, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to share a quick reading update.

The three W questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


** Please forgive me, I’m still in a Maas binge and I promise to go back to some NA/Romance after all these fantasy. 

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I’m currently reading A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) which just came out yesterday. And though I would really love to have a physical copy of this book, I just cannot wait any longer so I got myself a Kindle version first just to satisfy my reading craving. 

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BLURB:

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.

 

 

 


Also, I am STILL also reading Queen of Shadows which I have put on hold in the meantime to pave way for ACOWAR.

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BLURB:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.


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I am truly a slow reader these days and the last one I have finished is still Heir of Fire. I know. Shame on me. I seriously need to pick up my pace.

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BLURB:

Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?


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Quite predictably, since I am serious and dedicated in finishing this series – I will immediately go to EoS right after I finish with CoM and ACOWAR.

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BLURB:

KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.


There you have it, my WWW Wednesday with not much progress on my end. But I guess the important thing is that no matter how busy life can get, no matter the pressure adulting will put on you – always find time to open a book, to turn your Kindle on and find time to explore life beyond ours. The pace may be slow but at least the desire to read never falters. 

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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“When I look at him I feel dismayed as I always do at how normal he looks, because surely there should be something–pointed ears or a pair of horns–to warn people of his evilness.”

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Oh man, I feel bad for George Clooney……

So let’s talk about BA Paris’ debut work which became a nominee for Goodreads Choice Award (Mystery & Thriller) and for Debut Goodreads Author (2016).

Despite the cluttered parts, despite the repetitive feel, despite the flaws —-  I CAN’T SEEM TO PUT THIS DOWN. It’s that addicting!

True enough, I felt a bit let down that things were already out in the open early on but I just can’t seem to stop reading. There is an excitement and curiosity as you go along and though the villain is revealed very early in the story *surprise surprise*, I still can’t wait to get to the action. (Actually, all you blurb readers out there must have figured it out even before opening the book but since I went in blind, I had no idea. Danggggggg)

What I didn’t enjoy much about this book is the way it was executed. The narrative felt disorderly and messy leading to confusion at some point. It shifts from past and present times which was unnecessary in the way the story was told. Perhaps the author felt that that kind of execution added to the buildup but to me, it only added to more confusion. There are storylines wherein a past-present POV shifting is favourable but it just didn’t work for this plot. The way she did it just gave me a headache on top of the anxiety I was already feeling.

On the other hand, what I liked about this book is that it made me feel terrified and wary of human behaviour. When a book, despite its flaws and limitations can make me feel scared, hateful, hopeful and agonized then congratulations, you got me.

There is tension and buildup and there were times when I was on the edge of my seat. The suspense in this story is NOT finding out who the villain is but in escaping the villain which was really, REALLY hard. And despite my love-hate relationship with how this book was written, I have to say that the ending totally made up for it. 

I just wish that the trend to tag books as the next this or the next that be stopped. It’s actually setting high expectations and making this current book just another recycled story. And it’s sad when that happens. It’s stripping down a book’s individuality way before a reader has even opened it. Or maybe it’s a marketing ploy.

It’s not the most spectacular read but would you look at that – I really enjoyed it.

3.5 STARS

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Review Headings - Blurb

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

WWW WEDNESDAYS – April 26, 2017

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It’s been a week already and I am back to report on the progress I have on my reading list. First and foremost, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to share a quick reading update.

The three W questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Just like the previous week, my WWW Wednesday reading list today is a bit predictable due to my Throne of Glass series binge. 

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I am now on the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series and boy, this series is FREAKING AMAZING!! I am halfway through this as of writing and I just can’t wait to see how Celaena will save everyone dear to her. 

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BLURB:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.


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I just finished Heir of Fire, the third book from the Throne of Glass series and though I had problems with the pacing, this was still a delight to read! Seriously, I AM HOOKED!!!!

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BLURB:

Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?


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Quite predictably, since I am serious and dedicated in finishing this series – I will immediately go to EoS right after CoM. I can’t see myself stopping now. This is too good for words!

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BLURB:

KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.


 As you can see, even though my reading pace is a bit slow these days, I am pretty much dedicated in finishing this series. Not only is this series truly complex and well crafted, I love Sarah J. Mass’ writing as well. My ToG journey has been enjoyable so far and I already feel angsty waiting for that sixth book!

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

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I’ve read Maas’ ACOTAR and ACOMAF and loved both immensely. I am among the legion impatiently waiting for ACOWAR that is why it doesn’t come as a surprise that I would start this series too.

The thing is, I’m late to this series and if I will commit, this will be quite a lengthy read. However, my husband included some of the books in the series as part of his surprise wedding gift so I really have to read it to not let the gift go to waste.

Initially, I tried not to set high expectations for this book. The premise is not so new, a female assassin with something to prove and evil to prevent.

But what I did not expect was for me to enjoy the book as much as I did. I can’t believe I waited this long to start this series!!!!

Celaena Sardothien – the name alone receives my seal of approval. She is feisty, vain, a girl yet a hardcore warrior. She is witty and sarcastic and takes crap from no one. She is broken and damaged and having survived everything she’s been through, she can oftentimes be aloof and arrogant.

There are two prominent males in this story, Dorian and Chaol. I do not care what ship you’re rooting for but all I know is that I adore Chaol’s character more. He is quiet, brooding, a bit of a mystery yet protective towards Celaena. And although I am Team Chaol (for now), Dorian is also a character to love. He is sweet, a bookworm and we can see his more mature side slowly emerging as the story progress.

Aside from the main characters, Maas was able to bring to life these secondary characters who are as developed as her main ones. For starters, I love Nehemia and cannot wait to know more of her story. There’s also the dead queen and the King of Adarlan, characters who do not have a lot of exposure but are still impacting and relevant to the story. I also feel that this side of Celaena is just the first layer and I cannot wait to get to know her more.  

I love the plot and the world building. I am astonished at the intensity of the deaths and the feeling of being transported to another world. However, I felt that certain parts of the story were a bit predictable and it was just matter of how Maas will let the story unfold. With that said, I am just in awe of how Maas shaped this world, how she let the plot flow and how she made a mark and let this story of hers shine. 

For all of you wanting an action packed fantasy, this one’s for you. Just don’t expect much on the romance side because you won’t get much in that premise. Though Celaena, Dorian and Chaol are both well developed characters, I am glad that they were able to stand on their own without relying too much on a love triangle or romance aspect.

SJM is now one of my favorites and I will definitely finish this series.    

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.