December 2018 FairyLoot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Some of the recent FairyLoot boxes I have received and unboxed include “Talk Faerie to Me” (January 2018), and “Save the Kingdom” (May 2018) and “Rebels in Ballgowns” (June 2018) Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting newly released fantasy novel, in addition to 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!

So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out FairyLoot’s website! They’re also currently hosting a Rep Search on Instagram, so be sure to check that out as well!

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! The theme for December 2018’s FairyLoot box was “Dragons”! This box is perfect for readers that love dragons and all things dragon-themed. The box promised to satisfy fans of Harry Potter (JK Rowling), Game of Thrones (George RR Martin), and Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas), while still including plenty of other dragon goodies.

(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOX CONTENTS PAST THIS POINT)

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SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 4 – 6)

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 (review is now available here) 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 second half of the series review will feature Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Kingdom of AshOverall, I feel that Maas really found her stride in the second half of the series. With world-building (mostly) out of the way, and a plethora of well-developed characters and plot points to choose from, Maas was able to focus on weaving an intricate plot that, at times, left me reeling in awe and wonder.

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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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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.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

Released in Canada on March 3, 2015, The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas features all four of the previously published e-novellas – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassins and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire – along with a story now available for the first time, The Assassin and the Healer. I will be reviewing each of the five novellas individually, then reviewing the novella collection as a whole.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. Celaena’s missions take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery? 

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume, Queen of Shadows, which sees Aelin Ashryver Glathynius return to Rifthold with a burning motivation for vengeance against the people who destroyed her family and her nation. Queen of Shadows will hold readers rapt as Aelin’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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 just to see her again. 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 (Indigo.ca).

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Released on September 2, 2014, Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas is undoubtedly my favourite novel in the series thus far. It represents a turning point in this epic fantasy tale for Celaena, who must come to terms with her past to embrace her future. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book is guaranteed to enthrall readers from start to finish.

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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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Released on August 27, 2013, Crown of Midnight definitely suffered from “second book syndrome”. The story focuses on Celaena, who is settling into her new role as the King’s Champion, but faces ethical dilemmas, romantic woes, and truths she is not yet ready to accept. Unfortunately, while this all sounds quite promising Crown of Midnight just doesn’t live up to the action and intrigue of the first book – nor does it stand out among the rest of the series as anything more than ordinary.

From 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.

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