Vacation TBR Pile: Newfoundland 2019

Let me start this by saying I am being way too ambitious.

After Germany, Italy, and Disneyworld already this summer, I’m off on one last summer trip to Newfoundland (the feature pic is a view from the town I’m staying!) to visit my family. My great grandmother turns 98 this month so the whole crazy family is getting together again for a multi-day birthday party. My mom, sister, grandma, and I visit every other year or so for the shenanigans and it’s generally a few fast-paced days of party prep and actual partying, followed by empty days of rest. Obviously, this means that I have packed a TON of books for the downtime between fried bologna dinners and endless gin rummy tournaments.

I’m only gone for 10 days so the 9 books I brought are most certainly overkill and there is literally no chance I will get through all of them before I get home again and have to start that whole school prep madness I don’t want to think about yet. But I’ve never listened to reason when it comes to books so here’s my too-long list of books I’m excited to read/think about reading over my trip.

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Wings

6677021Wings by Aprilynne Pike

I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY SURPRISED BY HOW MUCH I ENJOYED THIS!

I came so close–so! close!–to not reading this. I bought it years ago by a friend’s request and almost gave it away to my cousin, like, a week before reading it. Such a mistake! Holy!

Wings picks up with fifteen-year-old Laurel’s first day of Sophomore year, trading in her homeschooling for a new house and public education. Aside from her strange habits, everything is perfectly normal until a lump growing between Laurel’s shoulder blades blooms into a pale flower. What follows is a magical induction to the world of faeries, a discovery of surprising heritage, and a malicious ploy for power. Get excited. Continue reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin

23766634.jpgA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Here it is, guys.

The finale.

The END.

And wow, what an ending it is! This is the first time we’ve gotten to see how Maas would conclude a series and as much as I love her, even I was nervous. It is so easy to ruin a spectacular series with a disappointing ending (I’m looking at you, Veronica Roth *cough* Allegiant *cough*) and I couldn’t bear to face that with my beloved ACOTAR series. But once again, Maas did not disappoint and while I wouldn’t say it tops ACOMAF (my baby, my sweet precious angel baby) it’s undoubtedly deserving of the series. Continue reading

A Court of Mist and Fury

17927395.jpgA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I know this review is coming late (I finished the series weeks ago) but I’ve had such a hard time getting my thoughts together. Partially because I was just so wrapped up in loving it that I couldn’t for put it into words. Also partially because I was too busy basking in the beauty that is High Lord Rhysand to move on. Okay, mostly because of Rhysand.

THIS BOOK IS FAN-F***ING-TASTIC!

I’d thought ACOTAR was good. I’d thought the Throne of Glass books were great. But ACOMAF? ACOMAF takes ‘good’ and ‘great’ to a level of transcendent awesomeness I hadn’t thought possible. Well done, Maas–you are my queen and I bow before your greatness (and Rhysand’s. Though him bowing over me would probably be a lot more fun 😉 ). Continue reading

A Court of Thorns and Roses

16096824.jpgA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I should have listened, guys. I should’ve listened.

Sarah J. Maas is one of my absolute favourite authors, Throne of Glass one of my absolute favourite books. But for some god-knows-what stupid reason I got preoccupied with other books and put this one on the back burner.

Biggest. Mistake. Ever.

I don’t even know where to start with this, it was just so GOOD. Maas, you’ve done it again. Wow. Continue reading