Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Released in North America on November 6th, 2018, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is a gorgeously written, brutal, and gripping tale that features diverse characters, hateful villains, a sapphic love story, and empowering female leads.

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire. In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

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SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 1 – 3)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This first series review will feature Throne of GlassCrown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire. My feelings about these first three books are torn, as is evident in my individual reviews below, but overall I feel that without these three books, Aelin’s story, and the general tale Maas’ has woven, would have been less impactful and certainly less cohesive, as a significant amount of character development and world building occurs in these three books.

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion in Kingdom of Ash, which was released on October 23, 2018. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world… As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Aelin has risked everything to save her people – but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day. With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world. And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen – before she is lost to him forever.

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Dabbling in #NaNoWriMo

Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month (often referred to as NaNoWriMo)? I imagine many of you have – but if you’re like I was a couple years ago, this may all be new to you! If that’s the case, you may be wondering – what the heck is NaNoWriMo? 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

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November 2018 Reading List

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in October – in fact, I nearly completely my entire TBR List! I totally did not anticipate this level of reading success in October, but I am so happy that I found so much time to read this month, despite everything else going on in my life!

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

  1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  2. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  4. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  5. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  6. Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean (Release Date: November 6, 2018)

I am also planning to purchase the Throne of Glass Collector’s Edition (Release Date: November 6, 2018) by Sarah J Maas and re-read the book that started this entire series! For those of you who don’t know, Throne of Glass means quite a lot to me. I had strayed away from reading, for multiple reasons, but I picked up Throne of Glass during a time when I really needed to rediscover my love for reading, and Maas teleported me to a world I so desperately needed in order to escape my own reality. Since that first book, Maas, Aelin, and the world of Erilea have been sweeping me away on adventures and experiences unlike other.