Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Here's Why I Miss Celaena Sardothien

*Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Throne of Glass series up till the end of Empire of Storms.*

When I started to read Throne of Glass, Celaena Sardothien was a female YA character unlike any I had encountered before. Sure, YA literature does have its fair share of butt-kicking, sassy heroines. But Celaena was an assassin. An unapologetic one too, with a surprising taste for all things fancy and a love for pretty dresses, tacky romance novels, luxurious baths and chocolate cake. On one hand, she was this ruthless assassin and on the other, she was a surprisingly warm character with a big heart and a rather endearing romantic side. These were the things that made her the fun and complex character that she was. 

It's true though that we always knew that there had to be more to her than just her assassin persona. And by the time we had completed Crown of Midnight, we realized that what many of us had suspected for a long time was true. Celaena was none other than the heir to the throne of Terrasen. The long lost princess Aelin Galathynius. And most of us, I think, were happy about this revelation. I know I was. I mean, the series could only get even more exciting from this point onward, right? True, the series wasn't the best literary thing in the world, but it sure was super enjoyable.

For many people, Heir of Fire is when the series started to disappoint. I loved it though. In fact, Heir of Fire is my favorite installment in the series to date. I thought it was interesting to see our strong, and arguably arrogant, assassin dragged back to a point where she had to learn to get her strength back. To me, it only added to her character growth. I loved the platonic relationship that began to grow between her and Rowan. I had never seen something like that in YA before and it was refreshing. By the end of the book, I was rooting for her so hard. She was back to full strength and she was more than ready to kick some ass. The rest of the series would surely have to be pretty great, right?

Then Queen of Shadows happened. And it got to that point where it became clear that somehow along the way, the series had turned into something very, very different from what it had once been. Truth is that the series no more felt like the Throne of Glass series we had been introduced to at all. Sure, things evolve in series but here, the changes were so drastic they almost felt out of place. 

Chaol had been mercilessly vilified by Maas, Rowan, our stoic Fae prince was suddenly a love interest for Aelin (more on that in a moment), the story itself now felt like a completely different one but worse of all... Celaena was gone. Changing her name shouldn't have changed who she was as a character but it did. Look, most of us who love the series were reading it for her, badass assassin Celaena Sardothien. But somehow, along the way of coming into terms with her identity as Aelin, she had just become a completely different character.

Her personality felt forced in Queen of Shadows. Her beautiful platonic relationship with Rowan from Heir of Fire? Suddenly it had turned into a crazy romance that totally came out of nowhere, felt very out of character for both of them and was, in my opinion, executed very badly. I remember feeling increasingly frustrated as I read QoS and by the time I finished the book, I realized what was wrong. The old Celaena Sardothien was simply gone. 

Empire of Storms then happened and for me, and many other fans of the series, it was the worst installment yet. Around the time Maas started writing A Court of Thorns and Roses, her writing seemed to have taken a drastic turn from YA to adult fantasy and while there is nothing wrong with ACOTAR being for an older audience, in the Throne of Glass series, that change really felt super random and awkward.

If you've read adult fantasy, you've probably come across the numerous hilariously steamy sex scenes. They are part of the genre and while they are often laughable, they kind of go with the whole adult fantasy thing. To see those suddenly pop up in Throne of Glass though really felt jarring. 

Empire of Storms was the installment that showed that we really were not reading the same series anymore. Apart from the ridiculous love scenes and the jarring changes in the story, EoS was also the installment in which I connected with Aelin the least. It was when I finished it, and boy that took a long time, that I realized that my main complaint was that I missed the old Celaena. Hell, I missed the days when Celaena was her name. 

I'll be honest. I really think the series has taken a turn for the worst from which I don't really see it coming back. I hate how quickly Chaol was discarded. I hate that Maas felt like she had to make us dislike him to justify Celaena replacing him with another lover. Which I've come to realize is her go-to move when she wants her characters to get new love interests (Ahem, Tamlin the Tool, anyone??).

I'll still be reading everything she puts out, for a time at least, and I'll still be reading the Throne of Glass series. Not gonna lie though, I am super skeptical about the next two installments. Book 6, Tower of Dawn doesn't particularly excite me. But perhaps having a book that has a main character other than Aelin might be a bit refreshing. I don't know though. At this point, I'm just hoping the series will end on a satisfying note that will be true to the heart of the story and the characters.

Yes, I miss the old Celaena but I'm still hopeful that Aelin will get a fantastic character arc in book 7. I still have hope for the end of the story too. After all, even as Aelin, she remains a cool character. And despite her jarringly changing writing style and storytelling, Sarah J. Maas remains an author who can put out amazing and super enjoyable books. So I guess, we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the two final entries in the series.

What are your thoughts on the Celeana/Aelin thing? Or even just the series in general? Let me know down in the comments below :)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop

Hey guys! This month I'm again participating in the monthly New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight.

So I'll be giving away a book of your choice released in August 2017, worth $20 or less. The giveaway is open internationally, so long the Book Depository ships to your country.

The Giveaway

Enter here to win one of the new books released this month. This giveaway ends August 31st. Good luck!

Now you can go ahead and hop on to the other blogs which are also participating in this giveaway hop 😊

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Is this the end of book tags??

Hey guys ^^ So, I was sitting in front of my computer, trying to come up with something for today's post when I started to think about book tags. Because usually, when you don't know what post to write, a book tag is pretty much a fail safe idea. They are fun and easy to put together and they are usually rather popular... right??

That's the thing though. I can't help but feel that lately, the popularity of book tags has dwindled a little bit. And it's not hard to see why. My main problem with them, which many of you can probably relate to if you've also been thinking about it, is that book tags are repetitive. 

You always get those same questions where you have to pick certain books or characters that fit a particular criteria or another. And since, let's face it, a lot of us is reading pretty much the same books (Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, any other YA writer of your choice), book tags tend to feature a lot of the same answers. Plus, I think that by now we all know that everyone's favorite childhood book is Harry Potter. Which is kinda normal actually. I mean, Harry Potter is awesome ^_^ 

That being said though, the thought that people just might stop making them altogether is a little sad. Earlier before writing this post, I quickly took a look at the book tags I've made in the past and they are all posts I remember having a blast putting together. I even made a few original tags of my own since I enjoyed doing them so much.

So... Where exactly am I going with this, you might be thinking. Well, I thought that rather than putting a total ban on book tags on my blog (which I did consider for like, half a second), I'm going to start doing book tags that are a little bit more creative. I'm going to try to find tags, or make some of my own, that feature more creative questions. More importantly though, for the answers, I'm going to try to include books that don't normally get a lot of attention in the online book community. I mean, it can't always be all about the popular kids, right? XD. 

And so, to kick off this little project of mine, today I'm bringing you a super short book tag (Yes, I totally just created it on the spot to have a nice way of ending this post XD).

The Super Short Book Tag

Name the shortest book on your TBR pile.
At 192 pages, the shortest book on my TBR is Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso. It's a manga, which is why it's under 200 pages. I'm a huge fan of the anime so I know I'm going to enjoy reading the manga as well.

Name a short story that you really like.
I don't read a lot of those but one that does come to mind is The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (yes, I know that technically it's a fairy tale...). The Little Mermaid is by far my favorite story of all time. It's beautifully written, it's tragic and the mermaid is such a sweet and innocent character that you can't help but feel for her. Plus, I love mermaids. 

Name a series that could have been shorter!
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I have a love-hate relationship with this series. On one hand, I'll keep picking up the books so long Chainani keeps writing them. On the other hand though, the unintentional sexism, the oversimplified explanation for goodness and evil and the stupid decisions made by the characters keep making me super frustrated. I feel that the story at the heart of the series was a cool one but that it has since been unnecessarily dragged over a trilogy. As if that wasn't bad enough, a fourth book is now being released this year. The first of a second trilogy no less... 

Write a story in less than 20 words!
Feeling hungry, I went to the kitchen for a cookie. And saw my sister eating the last one. The end. XD

So, what are your thoughts on book tags? Do you think they are still fun to do or not? Let me know in the comments :)


Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop

Hey guys! This month I'm again participating in the monthly New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight.

So I'll be giving away a book of your choice released in July 2017, worth $20 or less. The giveaway is open internationally, so long the Book Depository ships to your country.

The Giveaway

Enter here to win one of the new books released this month. This giveaway ends July 31st. Good luck!

Enter my other giveaway to win a Shadowhunter necklace! (Open Internationally)

This pretty necklace is inspired by a quote taken from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. You can enter my giveaway for a chance to win it by clicking here.

Now you can go ahead and hop on to the other blogs which are also participating in this giveaway hop :)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My favorite (and least favorite) books of 2017 so far this year!

Hey guys! With June almost over, we've finally reached the middle of the year. Can you believe it?? Well, today I thought it might be nice to take a look at how my reading year has been so far. Today I'll be sharing with you the books I've been reading, the ones I've loved the most and yes, I'll also be talking about the books that have been a little disappointing. Since this is more of a recap kind of post, I won't be going into too much details about my thoughts on any of those books. I have however included links to each book's Goodreads page, should you feel like reading more about them :)

To begin with, I thought I'd take a look at how well I've been doing on my Goodreads reading challenge. 

I've read 75 books out of my goal of 150 so far, which I'm rather happy about. I'm already halfway through my reading challenge and overall, I've been having quite a good reading year so far. To find out more about the books I've read so far this year, feel free to check out my Goodreads here ^^

My favorite 2017 new release so far


Yes, I absolutely have to go with A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas for this one. The anticipation before the book's release, the excitement of hitting the bookstore on the release day and finally getting my hands on my own copy... Reading it all night till 8 am and stopping every 2 seconds to scribble more messy notes in my already super messy notebook... I loved ACOWAR and not necessarily the book itself, although I did enjoy it tremendously, but the whole experience around it. I said it before but I don't recall being so excited about a book's release since the Harry Potter days and it was just great to get so fangirlish about a book again :)

My favorite books of 2017 so far

These are books I've read this year but which haven't necessarily been released in 2017. Since I don't want to say ACOWAR again, I'm going to pick A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This was a reread for me and while previously I only casually used to like this series, upon reading ACOMAF again I totally fell in love with the series and the characters. So yeah, this was definitely one of the books I enjoyed reading the most so far this year.

Art by Cassandra Jean

I also really enjoyed Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and other authors. This is a series of short stories which pick up where the Mortal Instruments series left off and lead right up to the beginning of the sequel series, the Dark Artifices. I highly recommend you read this collection before reading Lady Midnight. Not only did these stories add a lot of backstory about the Shadowhunter world as well as characters we already know and love, I also found them to be both very well-written and super enjoyable.


Another big favorite of mine this year was Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I love the original Alice stories and this book is full to the brim with clever nods at elements from those stories. I love how Meyer incorporated all these clever details in her retelling. Also, despite knowing that this was basically an origin story for the evil Queen of Hearts, I found myself really caring for her character. Plus, the book has enough whimsy to appeal to Alice fans while being also a very original story at the same time. Not to mention that since our MC wants to open a bakery, we also got lots of descriptions of delicious pastries and cakes. Which is always a win for me in my opinion ^^

My most disappointing books of 2017 so far

Again, these are books that I read in 2017 although they might not have been published this year. Thankfully, there aren't a lot of those! The one I've disliked the most though was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I was so sure I was going to love it but I ended up really struggling to go through it. And it's not even a big book. My main problem with it is that I didn't find any character to have much in terms of redeeming qualities. The book's message seems to be that the real monster is not the monster at all but Frankenstein himself (which seems like an oversimplification of the plot but... oh well). However, I couldn't really connect with either of them and found the story to be way too dry for me. 


The second book that left me a tad disappointed was Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the sequel to Illuminae. Don't get me wrong. I didn't hate it. In fact I gave it 4 stars. It's just that after falling so much in love with the "horror in space" aspect of Illuminae, I found Gemina a little lacking in terms of spookiness. I also felt that the stakes weren't as high as in Illuminae. The fact that the story takes place over just a few days as opposed to the months' long space journey in Illuminae, also made the book feel a little underwhelming. I'm still looking forward to the next book though. 

My favorite genre of 2017

Although this isn't technically a 'genre', I have been reading a ton of manga this year! I got the entire Sailor Moon manga series by Naoko Takeuchi in December last year and started 2017 with a Sailor Moon marathon. And I loooved it! The artwork is so beautiful and romantic. Plus the story itself is super fun. I'll definitely be reading this series again at some point. I also read Orange, which is a manga duology by Ichigo Takano. Also really enjoyed that one. If you're new to mangas, I recommend you check this one out. The art style is really nice and the story is overall very easy to follow. I've also been reading the Attack on Titan manga volumes by Isayama Hajime all year. I'm in love with the series and at this point, I might be more in love with the manga than the anime O_O

My new fictional crushes

Although I had already read Sarah J. Maas's ACOTAR series last year, it was really during this year's reread of ACOMAF that I fully fell in love with Rhysand (and the rest of his court). Fast forward a few months and my desk is now actually overflowing with Rhysand and ACOTAR/ACOMAF bookish goodies XD. And I'm not complaining. 

I also have to mention the Blackthorn brothers, Mark and Julian from Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows. I'm not sure whom I like the most, just that I really love them both XD. 

Art by Cassandra Jean

Weirdly enough, I also kinda have a thing for Captain Erwin from Attack on Titan now?! I'm not sure what happened there but I just suddenly realized I actually really like his character XD. Which, if you're up to date with the manga, you'll know is rather ironical so late in the game. 

Giveaway Reminder

I'm currently also hosting a giveaway for this amazing Shadowhunter inspired necklace. If you haven't entered the giveaway yet, you can do so by clicking here

Leave me a comment :)

How is your reading year going? What are your favorite or most disappointing books of 2017 so far? Let me know in the comments down below ^^

Monday, June 26, 2017

Some Shadowhunter bookish goodies for you ^^

Hey guys ^^ For today's post, I'm bringing to you a selection of bookish items derived from Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter books. If anything catches your fancy, you can always find a link to the store under each item so that you can look it up and maybe purchase it if you want ^^

Let's start ^^

Parabatai Candle

Over at Novelly Yours, you'll find a large collection of candles inspired by your favorite books and characters. For this Shadowhunter themed post, they have selected for you their Parabatai candle, inspired by the Dark Artifices series. The candle's scent evokes the outdoors, storms, the forest and a hint of citrus. 

To check out more of Novelly Yours's awesome candles, visit the Etsy shop here. For more similar awesome products, check out their InstagramFacebook and Twitter

Shadowhunter Necklaces

Find this necklace here

These beautiful necklaces are offered by Julia's Fandom Jewelry. The shop has a wide selection of Shadowhunter inspired jewelry, with quite a lot of different styles. The necklaces are handmade and the pendants feature quotes taken from Cassie Clare's books. 

Find this necklace here

The store also offers other necklace designs, such as this one with a shimmery coppery-reddish glass cabochon pendant inspired by Clary's hair and featuring a fearless rune. 

To check out more of these pretty necklaces from Jessica's Fandom Jewelry, you can visit the Etsy shop here.

I'm currently also hosting a giveaway for another necklace from Jessica's Fandom Jewelry. The necklace being offered is this one featuring a quote from City of Bones and you can still enter the giveaway for a chance to win it by clicking here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Giveaway: Enter to win a Shadowhunter necklace (Open Internationally)

Hey guys ^^ Since Lord of Shadows is finally here, I thought it would be fun to check out some Shadowhunter goodies to fangirl about together. So today, I have a Shadowhunter inspired giveaway for you!

For today's post, I'm working with the Etsy store Julia's Fandom Jewelry. This store offers awesome jewelry inspired by books and for this giveaway, they have selected for you their beautiful Shadowhunter necklace featuring a quote from City of Bones. Below you'll find the giveaway which you can enter to win this necklace.

Product Description

The pendant is approx. 25 mm in diameter and 35 mm in height. The necklace is approx. 42 cm in length. The quote included in the necklace is by Madam Dorothea from City of Bones and it says, "The most terrible things men do they do in the name of love". For more information, check out the store here

The Giveaway

  • This giveaway is open internationally.
  • It will last till the 20th of July.
  • Once the giveaway ends, I will randomly choose a winner and email them personally to let them know they won. 

Good luck!

Art by Cassandra Jean

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Giveaway: Enter to win a pair of earrings inspired by ACOTAR (Open Internationally!)

Hello guys ^^ My ACOTAR/ACOMAF celebrations are still going on and today, I have another exciting giveaway inspired by Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

For today's post, I'm working with the Etsy store Bell Book and Scandal. This store offers awesome jewelry inspired by books and for this giveaway, they have selected for you their beautiful Feyre & Rhysand pair of earrings. Below you'll find the giveaway which you can enter to win these earrings.

Product description

This is a handmade pair of 12mm bronze tone leverback earrings, with the names Rhysand and Feyre printed behind resin cabochons. For more information, check out the store here.

The Giveaway

1. This giveaway is open internationally!
2. This giveaway will last until June 30th.
3. Once the giveaway ends, I will randomly choose a winner and email them to let them know they have won. 

Good luck everyone!


Cover image left found here

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop

Hey guys! This month I'm again participating in the monthly New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight

So I'll be giving away a book of your choice released in June 2017, worth $20 or less. The giveaway is open internationally, so long the Book Depository ships to your country. 

The Books

If you win, you may pick a book even if it's not featured in the picture here, so long it is a June 2017 release.

Credit: It Starts at Midnight

The Giveaway

Enter here to win one of those new June book releases. This giveaway ends June 30th. Good luck ^^

Enter my other giveaway to win a Rhysand Soap! 

Wanna literally take a shower with everyone's favorite High Lord?? XD. This gorgeous soap is inspired by Rhysand from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. You can enter my giveaway for a chance to win it by clicking here

Now you can go ahead and hop on to the other blogs who are also participating in this giveaway hop ^^

Monday, June 5, 2017

Giveaway: Enter to win a Rhysand soap!

Hello guys ^^ With my ACOTAR/ACOMAF celebrations well underway, today I'm bringing you an exciting giveaway! Check out the bottom of the post for the giveaway. In case you missed my earlier posts, to celebrate the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third book in Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series, I am hosting a bunch of fun stuff on the blog, including posts inspired by the series as well as giveaways of related bookish goodies. 

For today's post, I'm working with the lovely ladies over at Story Scentsations. This mother-daughter duo makes awesome soaps inspired by books and book characters. For this giveaway, they have selected for you their beautiful Rhysand soap. Below you'll find the giveaway which you can enter to win this soap.

Rhysand is very enigmatic. He is darkly handsome and has a dangerous air as he rules the night. He has a flair for the dramatic, and he is very protective of—and loyal to—those he loves. This scent is of the ocean with a splash of citrus. The soap is a deep midnight blue with a touch of starry violet to reflect his eyes.

Source: Right

Product description

All the soaps of Story Scentsations are all-natural glycerin soaps that have superior quality ingredients and are highly moisturizing, providing excellent lather and containing no unnecessary chemicals. They are made using high-quality micas, liquid colorants, and beautiful premium-grade fragrance oils. 

Scent profile: salty ocean air, tangerine, grapefruit, kumquat, Meyer lemon, guava, ylang ylang, pomegranate, bergamot, cyclamen, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and musk.

Color: dark violet blue with deep shimmer. 

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Sustainable Palm) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Oat protein (conditioner), mica, titanium dioxide, liquid colorant, and premium-grade fragrance oil.

For more information about the soap, feel free to check out the Story Scentsations store.

The Giveaway

  • This giveaway will last until June 3oth.
  • Once the giveaway ends, I will randomly choose a winner and email them to let them know they have won.
  • This giveaway is open to the US, Mexico and Canada.

Good luck everyone!

Art by Charlie-Bowater, found here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop

Hey guys! This month I'm participating in the monthly New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight

So I'll be giving away a book of your choice released in May 2017, worth $20 or less. The giveaway is open internationally, so long the Book Depository ships to your country. 

The Books

If you win, you may pick a book even if it's not featured in the pictures here, so long it is a May 2017 release.

Credit: It Starts at Midnight

The Giveaway

Enter here to win one of those new May book releases. This giveaway ends May 31st. Good luck ^^

Check out my latest post for a non spoiler review of A Court of Wings and Ruin

I recently uploaded my spoiler free review of ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas, which you can find and read here. In case you were wondering, I loved it!!!!! My spoiler discussion of the book is also coming up on the blog very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if you want to discuss spoilers with me ^^

Now you can go ahead and hop on to the other blogs who are also participating in this giveaway hop :)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Non-spoiler review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Hi guys ^^ Today I'm very excited to share my non-spoiler review of ACOWAR with you. I finished the book in roughly two days and I absolutely loved it. Was it perfect? Nope. Do I love this book to bits anyway? Hell yeah! 

I'll also be posting a full spoiler discussion of the book on the 20th of May. So if you've finished the book already and want to discuss about it with me, you can look forward to my upcoming spoiler discussion. Also, please note that while this review does not spoil ACOWAR, it does spoil the first two books in the series. 

Still here? Let's start ^^

High Lady

Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that Feyre totally delivers as High Lady. The story starts with Feyre back in the Spring Court and while I can't tell you much about what happens there, I'll just say that Feyre didn't disappoint at all. You know, I didn't even like Feyre in the first book but when I look back on the trilogy and see how much she has evolved as a character, I can't help but seriously root for her. Usually, in YA and new adult fantasy stories, I tend to prefer the male lead over the female main character. But Feyre is one of those very few female leads to have totally won me over. Rhysand is still my favorite character of the entire series. Not to mention my favorite book boyfriend of all time. But Feyre is definitely my second favorite character in the series. 

Tamlin the Tool

It was announced by Sarah J. Maas well before ACOWAR was released that Tamlin would be offered a shot at redemption of some sorts in this book and like many people, I had my reservations about that. Again, I can't give specifics without treading into spoiler territory but I'll just say that I was very happy with Tamlin's character arc in this book. He wasn't villainized, which I personally appreciated as that's something I had been dreading to see and which had kind of started to happen in ACOMAF. I feel like Sarah did justice to Tamlin in ACOWAR by giving him a character arc that isn't just realistic but which is also true to his character. Is he still a jerk? Has he redeemed himself? You'll have to wait for my spoiler discussion to learn more about that. I'll just say though, that I never considered Tamlin to be evil, not even after the shocking reveals in ACOMAF. For me, Tamlin is just as broken as Feyre and Rhysand by the events of Under the Mountain. He just didn't really do a great job getting over it unlike these two. 

I have so much stuff to say about Tamlin though. Be sure to check out my upcoming spoiler discussion if you also want to share your thoughts about him with me ^^


The Fae Courts

Again, it was announced before the book's release that in ACOWAR we'd get to see the other Fae Courts and their High Lords. Plus, that's literally on the blurb at the back on the book. Of course however, I can't really tell you the circumstances in which we visit the courts and what happens there. I'll just say though that while we do get to see them, I feel that we didn't spend as much time there as we could have. It was fun getting to know the other High Lords, but again, we didn't really get to spend a lot of time with them. The plus side to this is that it leaves a lot of opportunity for future books to expand on the Fae Courts. That being said, the Night Court and Velaris are still my favorite places in all of Prythian <3. 


The ships

We go into this book rooting (or not) for quite a few ships following the events at the end of ACOMAF. Feyre and Rhysand don't even count as a ship at this point because their relationship is just that great. With regards to our other ships though, mainly Nesta & Cassian, Azriel & Mor and Lucien & Elain, without actually revealing anything, I must say that overall I was very satisfied with how everything played out. And yes, Sarah did manage to pull some stunts I didn't see coming with regards to these ships. So, have all ships sailed? Hmmm, I guess I'll let you find out for yourself XD. Or you can tune in when I post my spoiler discussion because trust me, there's A LOT to discuss about!!! 

So, what about the characters themselves?

I liked all the story arcs linked to the members of the Inner circle. Some didn't get story arcs as developed as others but since we know we're getting three more books starting from next year, I don't really mind since I know we'll see more of these characters in the future. 

With regards to the Archeron sisters, I will confess that I was a little scared to see how things would unfold after the super unexpected Fae transformation of Feyre's sisters. I was very satisfied with how things turned out though. And while Elain is fleshed out a bit more than in previous books and gets her own very promising storyline, one which is sure to be continued in future books, it was Nesta who had the best character arc in my opinion. I hated Nesta in the first two books and I still kind of have a little bit of a grudge against her for being such a bitch to Feyre. But Nesta as a Fae is, simply put, Nesta at her best. Again, I can't say much without spoiling some stuff but to put it bluntly, in ACOWAR Nesta pretty much gets her shit together and undergoes quite an interesting character evolution. Hell, by the end of the book I realized that I had even begun to like her. LOL. 


Another character whom I was really looking forward to see was Lucien and while his storyline caught me a little by surprise, overall I was happy with it. Lucien is basically Feyre's first friend in the entire series and just like with Tamlin, I feel like Sarah really did his character justice in this book. I know we'll get to see more of him in future books and quite frankly, I'm really looking forward to seeing more of our russet-eyed Clever Fox. 

Loose ends and future books

While I liked the ending of the book, which I think rather nicely concluded this first trilogy with Feyre as our main character, ACOWAR did have quite a lot of loose ends. Now, we know we're getting three more books in this series and Sarah J. Maas has also recently announced that each of these books will be focused on a different couple. So personally, I'm quite excited to see how these loose ends are developed and resolved in future books. Personally, I feel like not only did the first trilogy come to a satisfying end, but the unresolved subplots give us some new stories to look forward to and be excited about in the upcoming books. 


Final word and rating 

Like I said at the beginning of this review, this book is by no means a perfect one. It does have its flaws, including some that have come to be quite recurrent in Sarah J. Maas's books. And yes, I will be expanding more on these in my spoiler discussion. Overall though, I was very satisfied with the turn the story took, as well as the various character arcs. Rhys and Feyre are now two of my favorite characters of all time. Also, the sheer excitement of anticipating the book's release, the frenzy that came with finally getting the book and later participating in group chats with fellow fans... All these things, as well as the merciless roller-coaster of emotions that came from reading the actual book... All these things will make ACOWAR forever be one of my favorite books of all times. Or perhaps I should say, one of my favorite reading experiences of all time. ACOWAR was not just a book. It was an event. One that I got to share with a bunch of equally crazy and passionate fangirls. And for that alone, as well as the pure enjoyment of reading it, I can only give ACOWAR 5 stars. I might reduce that rating once my excitement over it has dampened and I finally reread it. Until then though, I'm going to keep my rating at 5 stars 💗

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