The Wrath and the Dawn

18798983The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

All it took was opening the cover for The Wrath and the Dawn to DESTROY ME.

You know how sometimes they print an excerpt on the first page of a book, before the title and the copyright and the actual story start?

THAT. That is all I read. And I just…dissolved.

THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! BEYOND FANTASTIC! SO FANTASTIC I’M AT SUCH A LOSS FOR WORDS I JUST KEEP SAYING ‘FANTASTIC’!

The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of (more so inspired by) the old Middle Eastern story One Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights. In the original story, the basis is that the caliph takes a new wife every night only to kill her by morning until he marries Shaharzad who each night captivates him with a story. By leaving each tale unfinished every night she manages to keep the caliph so intrigued for 1001 nights that he doesn’t kill her. This is the part that Ahdieh takes into The Wrath and the Dawn, as well as her own versions of the traditional tales, but the rest is an entirely new world and an altogether mesmerizing new creation. And it is–wait for it!–FANTASTIC! Continue reading

The Fire Wish

16123804The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

You ever find a hidden gem on the bargain bookshelf? This is one of them.

The Fire Wish follows two girls from very different worlds in the (I think Ancient? Or medieval?) Middle East. Zayele is a human girl forced into an unwanted marriage with the young prince of the caliphate in Baghdad while Najwa is a jinni hiding from humans in underground caverns with a peculiar ability to breach the palace’s magical wards. By chance encounter the two meet and Zayele, desperate to escape her betrothal, makes a desperate wish on Najwa to switch places. And because making magical wishes on errant genies is such a fantastic and not at all dangerous ordeal, Zayele gets what she wants…in a totally wrong, completely dangerous, 100% so-not-worth-it-way-but-also-kind-of-necessary way. Continue reading

Lord of Shadows

30312891Lord of Shadows by Casandra Clare

GUYS!

THIS BOOK IS SO F***ING GOOD.

LIKE, FANTASTIC AMAZING UNBELIEVABLY AWESOMELY GOOD.

HOLY SHIT!

Okay, okay; I’m calm, I swear. Lord of Shadows is the second installment of Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices trilogy and the far better sequel to Lady Midnight. It picks up not too long after Lady Midnight lets out, the crew now facing a growing number of sea demon attacks as a result of Malcolm Fade’s body and the Black Book’s banishment into the Pacific Ocean by Emma. Julian’s sad because Emma is with Mark, Kit wants nothing to do with all the obnoxiously hot people who tell him what to do, Cristina’s with Diego even though she wants Mark, Mark is mad at Kieran while he’s pretending with Emma and longing for Cristina, and whole lot of other issues that I won’t even begin to go over. Continue reading

Lady Midnight

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Unpopular opinion time: I didn’t absolutely love Lady Midnight.

Here’s the thing: I wanted to love Lady Midnight. Very badly. And I don’t NOT like it–it’s still amazing!–but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

First issue I had is that it takes a reeeeaally long time before seriously getting started. There’s a lot of introducing characters and solidifying relationships but even through the whole mysterious murders thing starts in the very first chapter, it’s not until a good 400 pages in that the Emma and her crew put some actual effort in to figure it out. It’s the first book of the series–I don’t care that it’s Cassie Clare and most people are going to be reading it just because of her and of Clary and Jace and Tessa and Will and Jem, it needs to grab and sustain our attention from the beginning. 400 pages of set-up, no matter how interesting the world is, is frustrating to read. Continue reading

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

28954137Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Raise your hand if you’re a Shadowhunter fan! And another if you miss the TMI characters! And a foot if you love Simon!

*hovers in mid-air and raises all body parts for good measure*

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is a compilation of various short stories detailing Simon’s life and lessons at the Shadowhunter Academy, shortly after the finale of City of Heavenly Fire, the final installment of Cassandra Clare’s indescribably fabulous The Mortal Instruments series. It’s a combination Simon’s resent-day shenanigans and academy lessons told as flashbacks with familiar characters. Oh, yeah–the familiar characters is key. All of the stories told in TFTSA are either Simon’s or that of another from TMI or TID (with the exception of Nothing but Shadows which gives a little preview of the MCs of the upcoming prequel-sequel series, The Last Hours). It. Is. Glorious! Continue reading

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

The Raven Boys

17675462The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is a goddess.

Seriously. I love everything I’ve read by her.

The Raven Boys begins when Blue, the teenage daughter of a family of psychics, sees the spirit of rich boy Gansey on Spirit Road. This means either a) she’ll kill him or b) he’s her true love. Given that Blue is destined to kill her true love by kissing him, I’m inclined to think it’s probably be both. Tragic! The book also follows dearest Dick Gansey III in his quest to follow the supernatural ley lines in Henrietta, Virginia to locate the tomb of a long-dead Welsh king. What follows is a fast-paced and suspenseful adventure complete with reluctant romance, an irresistibly eclectic group of heroes, and a mysterious murder that’s more connected than anyone dares to think… 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