Book Review | BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys

Greetings, readers!

I’m back today to share my thoughts and opinions on Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, my first ever historical fiction and definitely not the last.


Title: Between Shades of Gray

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Pages: 352 pages

Publications: April 3rd 2012 by Speak (first published March 22nd 2011)

Genre: Historical Fiction, World war 2, YA


“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”

Set in World War 2, across Russia and to the North Pole, during the course of 12 years of imprisonment, we follow a sixteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, Lina, who was hauled from her house with her mother and brother and thrown into a cattle car en route to Siberia. Separated from her father, Lina secretly passes along clues in the form of drawings, hoping they will reach his prison camp.

It was a tragically and deeply moving true story, pointless wars that only results in innocent people suffering.

“We’d been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean.”

I honestly have no clue as to how I would write a review that could convince you to read this amazingly written book.

The characters, Lina, her family, the people on the car she was with, the people at camp were all so real to me. I loved them, I hate them at times, they are flawed, they are selfish, they are caring, they are scared, they are humans.

“Andrius, I’m…scared.”

He stopped and turned to me. “No. Don’t be scared. Don’t give them anything Lina, not even your fear.”

The plot was heart- wrenching and, of course, well-researched. The Baltic States of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia lost more than a third of their population during the Soviet annihilation, and not many people know about it. Lina and the other passengers on the car were imprisoned in the North Pole, freezing for 11 years, and before that a year of traveling, being separated from loved ones. I mean, me? I wouldn’t even survive a month. It was a beautiful story about love and survival. Lina is a very strong and beautiful protagonist- a heroine- and I will remember this story-her story- forever.

“Sometimes kindness can be delivered in a clumsy way.”

The writing was beautiful, I wanted more, I couldn’t put it down, it was just engrossing.

I had absolutely no problem with this book, yes, it was flawless.

5 to infinity stars.

I want everyone to read this book.

I’ll definitely be picking more by Ruta Sepetys, and more historical fictions, it’s a genre I would love to be invested in!

“What was life asking of me? How could I respond when I didn’t know the question?”


Thank you for reading! Please go read the book if you haven’t already. If you have, what did you think of it?

Until next time,

Kimsiang @ Stories + Brushes

Book Review | SIMON VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Hello, bibliophiles!

I have a book review here today of, as the title suggest, Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, one of my favorite contemporary romances this year.


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Title: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli
Pages: 303
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA, Contemporary romance, LGBTQ+


“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier was being blackmailed when he forgot to log out out of his email on his school library’s computer. Simon is not so afraid about everyone knowing he’s gay but what worries him most is what that would cause to his connection with the mysteriously cute boy he’s been emailing with: Blue.
“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
I loved this book. I loved Simon. First of all, I immediately connected with Simon and clicked with the writing style. Becky writes like how I think and talk, really. It made it so easy for me to relate to Simon. Moreover, Simon’s personality was just so similar to my best friend and that made Simon very real to me, it was like my best friend was telling me his story. The writing style was funny and witty, I loved the casual writing style of Becky that made the book so easy to read and I flew through it in a day! A plus for the writing style.
The characters were all so cute. We had Simon and his group of friends, their silliness and their drama. We went through the roller coaster, ups and downs of their friendship, I felt like I was also in their squad. Honestly, it was like this book was written about me or someone close to me, as Simon and I are the same age, I could relate to a lot of the things that he went through. Also, Simon’s family was so cute and quirky at times. There are of course times that are prolematic. But, overall, they were very supportive and just awesome!
“It feels like we’re the last survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Wonder Woman and a gay dementor. It doesn’t bode well for the survival of the species.”
And then, of course, Blue, who Simon had been emailing secretly with for a while. Blue and Simon go to the same school but they don’t know each other’s real identity yet. Again, relatable. Said best friend at the top and I are pen pal for a long while before we got to meet too!
“The closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal is probably you.”
However, the only problem I have with the book was that I wasn’t exactly convinced of Simon and Blue’s deep connection via emailing. It actually came as a surprise when the emails got more and more flirtatious but it was still good as it caused all the jittery butterflies exploded inside me.
On top of all that, there was the quest of guessing who Blue was. I didn’t guess he was who he was at all! Though I am glad it was him, they were perfect together. I mean the revealing part got me rolling all over my bed for minutes to calm myself down. I just can’tttttttt. They are so cute together omg.
Overall, I gave this book a 4.5/5 star.
It was honestly the cutest LGBTQ book I’ve ever read yet. I can’t find a reason why anyone wouldn’t love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Would I recommend it? Heck yes!
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

Thank you so much for reading! What did you think of this book? Did you love it? I would love to know your feelings and thoughts!

Happy Reading (Signing off),
Kimsiang @ Stories + Brushes

Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah.J.Maas

Bonjour, compadres! 

(Okay, I don’t know French.)

If you know me at all, you’d know that I’m a hardcore Throne of Glass fan (did I just say hardcore? K.), I really like the series, it’s one of my favorites of all time, and Sarah.J.Maas is also one of favorite authors. So now you’re wondering why I’m just reading ACOTAR right now? Becauseeee financial crisis and then I kept putting it off and off, until recently I got hold of the book and read it! In a few words, I loved it, though I had a few issues and I still prefer the Throne of Glass series.

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Pages: 416

Publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, (NA, I’m not sure ://)


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a Fae in the woods, the Fae’s friend arrives at her house to demand retribution for it and dragged her to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”

Characters

Feyre: I really like Feyre as a character and reading from her perspective was fun. I like that she has her own mind, that she is strong and passionate (and she paints! I paint too. Okay, that was awkward.) But Feyre is hot-headed woman and she tried multiple times to get herself killed (not intentionally, just too passionate). Feyre is kinda the quirky, kept to herself characters, the kind that has a lot in her mind but only says so much, in other words, she is so like me that’s why I love her so much.

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

Tamlin: As for our male protagonist, the supposed hot sexy swoon-worthy high fae. I love Tamlin, don’t get me wrong, I love that he cares, he tries, and he’s just so good and perfect. Tamlin, whom I expected to be a cold-hearted High-Fae turned out to be very kind and deary. Did I mention I’m a sucker for romantic hot guys? Tho I feel like I don’t know much about Tamlin’s personality, and his relationship with Feyre was not enough, I don’t know I just want them to have more time together, do more things together, more closure because for now I am not aboard the ship because i can’t see them together yet!

Lucien: who is also a Fae and he resides with Tamlin too. I really like Lucien. I feel like he’s a mysterious character even though we were given a lot of back stories about him, I just feel like I can’t predict him yet. Sometimes he’s cool, sometimes he actually cares. Sometimes I think he’s hot and young, other times he sounds like my dad.

Rhysand: I love Rhysand. (I’m climbing the stairs to board the ship. I also sensed a love triangle. Is it Feysand? I’m completely on board.) I was never a fan of bad boys, but this time….. I don’t know why I like Rhysand so much even when he showed up only in the end. I hate the thing he did to Feyre, you know, when they went to the parties, but I love him when he’s like behind-the-scene Rhysand. Anyway, Rhysand is a High-Fae too, he came from another court, the night court, while Tamlin and Lucien were from the spring court.

“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Amarantha, the villian. I love to hate her! I mean she’s evil and her evilness makes sense so I love to hate her LOLOL. Amarantha basically controls the whole Fae kingdom, and she’s obviously not a good ruler therefore there’s war.

Then we have the world building, I loved it. I loved the magical creatures Sarah created, they were new and fascinating. I loved the world, that they are divided into courts, the Faeries. The world is unique and rich and big and just there’s a lot more to explore. I can’t wait.

The writing style is of course, perfection and captivating. Sarah’s writing is always very entertaining yet poetic, like very sentimental but easy to read at the same time. ❤ and sometimes she’s just giving you life lessons, your mom’s style.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

As for the plot as a whole, I loved it too. I felt it was slow at times, Feyre was always in the house, but because of the fascinating world, there was always fascinating things that caught me in the story. I also really liked the twist at the end, I didn’t at all expect the story to go in that direction, and it was a very interesting direction of course. I only had a problem with the main relationship, Feyre and Tamlin, I feel like it wasn’t so exciting and they need to be together more. Other than that, it was amazing.

“Because I wouldn’t want to die alone, I said,and my voice wobbled as I looked at Tamlin again,forcing myself to meet his stare.Because I’d want someone to hold my hand until the end, and awhile after that.That’s something everyone deserves, human or faerie.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. J.Maas is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, with a twist with Faes. The story and the world were rich and you’ll be fascinated from the first page to the last to the characters and you’ll love the steamy romances!

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”

Overall, I gave ACOTAR 4.5/5 stars.

I honestly have no idea what the sequel is going to be about, I just know that I can’t wait!


 

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @ STORIES&PAINTBRUSHES

 

Book Review | NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover

Hello, bibliophiles!

A long while ago, I read Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and it was good, but not so good (in my opinion). November 9 is only the second book by Colleen Hoover that I’ve read. All I knew before picking the book up was that the main characters get to meet each other only once a year and that is on November 9. I think that is all you should know too before reading it! 😀

Title: November 9

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 310

Publication: November 10th 2015 by Atria Books

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary, Must-read 😉

All I can say is, I love this book. From the first page till the last, from the poems (especially the poems) to every words, from the characters to the plots, and everything really.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I really like this synopsis here, I think it doesn’t give much away and I hope it makes you want to pick this book up :

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 is a funny, romantic, quiet emotional and a must-read. I blushed, swooned, almost cried, shouted at the characters, ‘awwww’ed when there is a romantic scenes, laughed and laughed. I really don’t have any words except I love this story and I recommend you read it! 😀

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Oh this though, I’m quiet sensitive to erotic scenes in books, I’m not exactly comfortable reading those scenes, so if you’re like me, underage (or not) and don’t like to read NA books because of those scenes, but you still want the romantic funny and emotional thing I mentioned, please pick this book up. This book wasn’t graphic and detailed when it comes to sex scenes at all, everything just feels so romantic. I also really like their book-flirting because Fallon is a bookworm and I lurrrrrvvvvv their jokes about that, the best really.

“If we’re going to kiss, it has to be book-worthy.”

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I know this is a very vague review but I am afraid I would give something away that I think you should read from the book firsthand!

Again, I recommend it!

A million stars for this one 😀

Though, if you loved November 9 too, can you recommend me sth like it? XD I need moreeeee 😀

Thank you for reading and Happy Reading!

-Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

 

Book Review & Discussion | WINTER by Marissa Meyer

Greetings, bookworms!

This is my first book review of the year! Yayyy!


So Winter, the fourth and final installment in the epic sci-fi, fairytale-retelling saga, The Lunar Chronicles. It is very sad to see this amazing series come to a close but at the same time I’m glad to see it was wrapped up very nicely. 😀


Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 824

Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Source: Bought

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Fairytale-Retellings


 

There will be spoilers for the first three books of the series in this review so read at your own risk (;D) and if you haven’t picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for? Go read it and love it and come back here to discuss about it! 😀

Winter is a retelling of Snow White with our main character, Princess Winter.

The story opens with Winter on Luna trying to fight her evil step mother mentally and also the Luna sickness that hallucinate her because she refuses to use her Luna gift to manipulate people. Winter also had to fight with her heart, her childhood best friend, Jacin, and her will be in danger if people know they have feelings for each other

Meanwhile, aboard the stolen spaceship, the Rampion, Cinder and her crews have planned to tell the people of Luna the truth that their lost Princess Selene is back to fight Levana for her (Selene’s) throne.


 

The moment I read the first page of this book, I was hooked. It’s probably Marissa Meyer’s writing style or the familiar design format of this book or maybe it was something else but I felt like I was home. I know that’s weird and dramatic but there’s no other way to describe that.

There were many twists and turns and awesomeness in this one, it was 824 pages and as you might have heard a thousand times that there wasn’t a dull page, it’s absolutely true. I still spent about a week to finish this giant but it was definitely worth all the ravings and five-star ratings. This series is definitely one of my favorites, one that will live with me years after this 😀

But somehow there were scenes that I thought went too smoothly and there were certain things I wished for it to happen but didn’t therefore Cress, the third book, remains to be my favorite in this series. That doesn’t mean this book was not great because it was very very amazing.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My favorite thing about this series is the character. This series have got one of the most awesome set of characters ever written.

Princess Winter is the Luna people’s favorite which made her evil step-mother, Levana, despises her to the point that she wants Winter dead. Winter had to fight with Levana and her hallucinations that make her crazy because she refuses to use her Luna gifts to manipulate people like her power-drunk step-mother,  she also had to fight with her heart from staying close with her childhood best friend, Jacin, because living with Levana, the people you loved could be used against you at all time. Winter, beautiful inside and out despite the scars across her face, with her courage, wits and craziness, she was one of my favorites.

“The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.”

“Winter trailed her fingers along her harness and sang to herself, “The Earth is full tonight, tonight, and the wolves all howl, aa-ooooooooooh…”

And Jacin, always want to protect his princess, it was all so sweet. Jacin was a guard in the palace, even tho Jacin wasn’t my favourite character, I really like the aspect that he cares for Winter so much, he promises to protect her with his life, he’s like the safest place that Winter can go to, she’s all that he cares about.

“So much importance pressed into so few words. It was just like Jacin.”

 

Then we have Cinder, the humble cyborg that was with us from the beginning. Cinder, she was scared and she doubt herself if she can be queen if she will succeed or if she was just leading all of them to death, but she still had courage and compassion to do the right thing and so she was brave. Of course I love Cinder, her POV is my favorite to read from. But because of that I feel like it’s kinda unfair, this book is supposed to be centered on Princess Winter but we’ve got more of Cinder’s POV. Not that it’s a big issue tho 🙂

“Cinder needed them. All of them. She shut her eyes and reminded herself to be brave.”

“Citizens of Luna, I ask that you stop what you’re doing to listen to this message. My name is Selene Blackburn.”

“Help me. Fight for me. And I will be the first ruler in the history of Luna who will also fight for you.”

(Cinder’s message scene was another one of my favorite, I love that she sounded like queen and strong even tho Kai wrote the script XD)

Kai too is not my favorite character but his relationship with Cinder developed very nicely in this book and it got me swooning for them. Kai was forced to marry Levana despite his hatred for the evil queen, so he tried to help as much as he can since he was being watched all the time.

We’re getting to my favourite couple XD and that is none other than Cress and Thorne. These two is just so perfect and cute together. They got me chuckled and giggled like crazy with all the misunderstandings and stuffs. I really like that we really get to see how brilliant Cress was with technology stuffs. She can hack everything and she’s just so cool.

Thorne our captain got his vision back and he’s just as hilarious and sarcastic like before. Thorne definitely light up the mood of the crew (or at least me the reader because sometimes he actually stirs up the anger in the crew XD). and need I talk about Thorne and Cress? because Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress are perfecttttttt. They are definitely in my top favourites. 😀

“See that eye roll? It translates to, ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off of you, Captain?” – from Thorne

“Scarlet and I are going to start a missing-fingers club. We might let Cinder be an honorary member.” – from Thorne

“She definitely has a crush on you. It’s about the size of Jupiter.” – to Cress

And then we have my least favorite couple :///. Scarlet and Wolf. I really liked the second book because it was when we got to know Thorne and all that but I never really loved Scarlet and Wolf’s story. It’s all so sweet with the Alpha male and female thing tho. Scarlet‘s POV was a bit boring to read from, Wolf’s too. But I really like Scarlet’s friendship with Winter, Scarlet was so cold and Winter was so friendly and tho they continued to be that way, we can see that Scarlet also cared for Winter deeply. As for Wolf, I thought he was a goner at the end, there was no coming back but luckily Wolf was still Wolf.

“Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”

 

How can I not talk about Iko? Iko’s friendship with Cinder was one of the most remarkable thing in this book, like they are android and cyborg but who cares? They love each other ❤ and their friendship was beautiful. Iko too was so funny and she helped a lot with the revolution. Even tho she lost a few limps in the end, l she knew Cinder, the best mechanics, will be able to fix her ❤

 

 

“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.” -IKO


 

Spoilery Discussion: (You’ve been warned)

Things first start to pick up when we got Cinder’s POV on the Rampion, I love the atmosphere when the crew was together, they were so funny and they all seem so close.

So, Cinder was like 16 or 17 right? Considering her age and also the crew that they are just normal teenagers, it’s pretty realistic with the plans that they came up with, it was pretty good but still I really wished it was more brilliant, more mind-blowing. There were so many flaws in their plans but that’s why things were played out this way and I’m quiet satisfied with ‘this way’.

Another part that I was not too happy about was when they went to get the antidote, like Kai did A LOT for that cure, he married Levana and everything,but it could be retrieved this easily? It was kinda funny. There weren’t many obstacles and they got the antidote to save Winter and the people in that village.

Last problem is the ending, it did wrapped up nicely tho I wished it was more than that. I need something more mind-blowing (again). It wasn’t too bad tho, I was just expecting more.

Moving on to my favorite scenes, I love when Cress and Thorne were together lol and also when the crew was together.

“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”
Everyone stared at him.
“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”
“We’re not putting rice in my head.”

I love this scene so much, it was so funny I was laughing my head off XD

“They’re the first crew I’ve ever had and most of them even call me Captain. I’m going to miss them.”

I also love Thorne’s sentimental moments XD. And his awkward, not to mention very weird, confession to Cress, but it showed that he had thought about it a lot XD And the Luna girl who made herself look like Cress and Thorne said he loved her because he thought she was Cress and awwwwww I died. I was hugging the book and smiling. (Please don’t think I’m crazy. I’m a sucker for things like that.)

I really like the excerpt, book 1…, book 2…, and stuffs. Especially book 4, with the apple thing, it was so creepy but I was busy thinking it was so cool that I wasn’t so scared.

  
How do you feel about Levana’s true appearance tho? I didn’t know it was that bad :/// and everything that ended with Levana, so she was shot by Cinder with a gun? I feel like she should have suffered more than that (okayy I’m evil).

And the ending, that last sentence, I told you I’m a sucker for fairytale romance like this and that last word, I died again. ❤ I read it over and over again and I love that last sentence ❤

  

“Oh, I fully intend to form an alliance with Luna.” Kai glanced at the cyborg foot again. “I just intend to put a different queen on the throne first.”

 

“Leaning forward, Cinder spoke very clearly. “I have a computer in my brain,” she said. “So while I’m not going to tell you that I am the smartest or, by any means, the most experienced person in this room, I would suggest that no one use my youth to believe that I am also ignorant.”

Cinder was so sassy.

And also the last scene in the throne room, with Thorne controlled by Levana and everything. It was so scary and ironic at the same time, Thorne punched Cinder and kept saying ‘That’s not me’ and he stabbed Cress in the stomach! Like whattttt what if she…..it was a severe wound, but she also shot Thorne’s finger, I guess they were even then lol and they all survived in the end.

Everybody was in that throne room except Jacin and Winter and that’s the only thing I would change in this book because I wish Winter was there too. Winter has every right to confront Levana and defeat her too. She has been living with the queen and endured a lot of horrible things that Levana did to her and I think she should have been there in that room. It was all very sad for Winter, we don’t know if she recovered after everything, she lost her mind by using her gift and she might never be ‘okay’ again after that. It was a very sad ending for her.

Also I’ve always thought that it would end with Cinder appointed Winter the queen of Luna or maybe a leader and Cinder herself will be an ambassador instead because that way she will be able to go to Earth and stay with Kai.

And Scarlet and Wolf at the end, and Scarlet calling her friend on Earth was also very funny, it was totally out of nowhere like LOL.

And did you noticed the guard, Kinney, and Iko, like…..they might….? XD


 

That was all I could think of at the moment. I really love this series and would love to fangirl about it 😀 so definitely comment your favorite scene and everything if you want to 😀

I know this a very a long post. It took me days to complete this review because i just couldn’t gather my thoughts and opinions and I didn’t know how to start but this is it so thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it 😀

French Fries and Caramel (two of my favorite things in the world XD),

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

P.S. All the edits, credits to Tumblr.com.

 

 

Book Review | QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah.J.Maas

At first, I thought I was gonna skip QOS review because I was done when WordPress kinda delete my post of the reveiw, who knows when I woke up the next day, I felt the need to fangirl. So here it is.

I read it! YES! And my life is complete, well not really, Sarah.J.Maas still have controls over the next two books. PLEASE DONT KILL THEM OFF. I WILL TRADE MY SOUL FOR THEIR LIFE TT

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah.J.Maas

Pages: 645

Publication: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury UK

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, Awesomeness, Sassyness

Source: Bought

As you know, or if you don’t-you know it now, QOS is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah.J.Maas. If you haven’t started on this series, what the heck are you even doing in your life? If you are reading this review for reassures if the books are worth a try, YES IT IS. It’s the best thing in the whole wide world. For me.

WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE BOOKS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

To keep it short: Love the plot. Love the writing style. Love the characters! OTP!!!! #Rowaelin

To be more detailed:

  • The plot:

After Celaena/Aelin was sent to Wendlyn and met the most amazing human creature ever walks on earth, Rowan, she came back to Rifthold for revenge, on both Arobynn and the King of Adarlan. Her journey, of rescuing Aedion, her revenge on both monsters were action-packed and amazing of course, and other awesome stuffs was just spectacular, there are even more surprises, magic, actions.

  • The Writing Style:

I love every single word. It was beautiful and entertaining. There was a quotsy effect to the writing, like I wanted to highlight so many stuffs! I love the humor in this book! However tense the situation was, there were still humors which were just perfect.

  • The characters:

*bows to Sarah.J.Maas for creating Rowan, Aedion, Aelin, Dorian, Lysansra and all the awesome people*

Aelin is like my ultimate female character crush right now. She’s so badass and I lurrrvvv her. I love her sass, but we also see her grow up, her murdering plans/combat skills were brilliant, also how she thought for the better of her people and friends, not making all the wrong choices anymore. I can really see her as a queen.

Did I mention Rowan? Did I mention Rowaelin? Seriously I totally agree that the next books in this series need to be NAs.

Dorian, my love. I CANT EVEN. I love Dorian even more than Rowan, from the beginning and ofc until the end.

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Sarah tortured me with those parts that were from Dorian POV and the Valg prince inside him. WHY DID YOU DO THAT? Thanks the wyrd, he survived.

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I hate Chaol for the 2/3 of the book, then he was okay again. I still don’t get why he treated Aelin like that. Sorry to all Chaolena fans, for me I don’t really like him from the beginning so… but it still bothered me since the conflict or sth came out of nowhere.

I like Lysandra a lot. Her badassness was perfect and her friendship with Aelin is just so awesome! I’m really glad there’s a female companion for Aelin. I’ve heard that she appeared in the Assassin’s Blade before this, so I recommend you read the Assassin’s Blade before reading QOS. Even though I haven’t myself lol. It’s not just Lysandra part but I noticed many other references from TAB even though I’ve only read two out of the five novellas. So I think you should read the Assassin’s Blade first!

In this book, we still have Manon chapters which I enjoyed even more than the last book. I found her stories and her character very interesting and I love that there were more depths/informations to her life and the people around her.

In Manon’s side of story, there was an introduction of a new character, or not so new if you remember her from HOF, (which I didn’t, I just knew lol) it was Elide Lochan who was the daughter of Lady Marion? (I’m not so sure what her name is lol) I just know that Lady Marion sacrificed herself told Aelin to run when Aelin’s parents were murdered? as I remembered lol. So there were a few chapters from Elide point of view and I found them so boring. I totally skimmed through those chapters, and I don’t really care about her throughout the story, tho I would love to see her reunion with Aelin.

And a brand new character, Nesryn Faliq, a city guard and Chaol’s friend. I like Nesryn characteristic but I wasn’t attached to her or anything. There were some scenes she was just there and didn’t shine. There were also scenes I really like her attitude.

And for Aedion. I didn’t fall for him the third book but now-he is my bae and you can’t take him away from me. Aedion added so much more to the book, and I loved him!

Also I just want to add that the bromance, Chaol and Dorian, Aedion and Rowan, were so strong that I died.


And now on to the spoilery section. There are quiet a few things I want to talk/fangirl about.

Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read QOS, please go read it and come back so we can discuss!

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The first issue is of course the relationship/hatredship between our queen and our captain guard. Even though my ship is not Chaolena, it’s abit confusing and I felt like I missed something. and everytime they meet and argue, it’s just wrong?

The second issue is that Aelin and Dorian killed the king of Adarlan off a bit easily? like it was so long until they finally face him but the killing was so short and easy? I want him to fight back but they defeated him and he died a long painful death. Tho I was having a hard attack! THE KING KNEW ABOUT CELAENA AND AELIN! like it felt so dangerous! At that time this song was on and it has the tune of a eating heart which made me even more scared and excited! (it’s sth by Of monsters and men, I’m not sure if the song is Empire or Crystals)

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And when Arobynn put the ring on Aelin. I can’t believe she was all prepared! I love Aelin so much!

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Thats all the problems I have with this book except that last part, lets fangirl!

First, #Rowaelin #Rowaelin #Rowaelin.

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I’m kinda stuck between wanting their friendship to remain forever and ever with no romance but then they match together so well! Their chemistry works well for both friendship and romantic relationship!

ME when Aelin nearly beheaded Dorian while rescuing Aedion:

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I’m also very interested in Kaltain’s appearance in this book, She defeated a Valg rince inside her by herself! She’s just so awesome! I wish her Shadowfire didn’t burn her up as well in the end so that we’ll get to see more of her power in the next books!

On to the underground scene! I love history! And that Erawan! I can’t believe it’s actually Duke Perrington. Like I was wondering from the beginning that why did the king trust him so much since you know the king was a monster and didn’t trust anyone, and he seemed so close with that Duke.

That action scene between Aelin and Manon tho. I was quiet surprised at how good Manon’s fighting was because you know Aelin killed Baba Yellowlegs who is a Matron! And that was even before she was trained with our Fae prince! But it seemed like Aelin’s and Manon’s skills matched. :///

Also what is it you think about Manon’s gold eyes that made the Valg prince inside Dorian so scared of her that Dorian could come out at that moment? And when Manon flew to Rifthold to tell Aelin about Dorian *screams because of happiness

And ship Manorian? is that their ship? I’m not aboard the ship yet but we’ll see in the next book!

Talking about ships, Lysandra and Aedion…I can imagine!!!! SAIL SAIL SAIL. As for Nesryn and Chaol, I’m abit nonchalant about that? Idk they can do whatever.

Oh and this killing Arobynn and switching his will thing was awesome! I was grinning in satisfaction the whole time! Lysandra YASS!

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The ending too! Aelin returned to Terrasen! like WTF? GIMME THE NEXT BOOK!


In conclusion, there were a few confusing WTF moments, but nevertheless considering the sassness and enjoyment level were 999.99, it made up for all the flaws! I can’t help but love the characters and plot!

5/5 stars ofc!

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang XXX

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Book Review | EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway

Hello my friends!

I got this book from my August Quibbler box, I started reading it that exact night then finished it the next afternoon. And I LOVED IT!

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Title: Emmy & Oliver

Author: Robin Benway

Pages: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publication: June 23rd 2015 by HarperTeen

Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance

First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

Second of all, the content is just as wonderful. This book was from POV of a girl called Emmy. When Emmy was seven years old, her neighbor aka. best friend aka. Oliver was gone. He was taken kidnapped by his own father and that shook their entire small town. The neighbors became more protective over their children. Ten years later, there were finally news of Oliver, and he was coming back. Emmy wanted to be friends with Oliver again, but Oliver wasn’t his 7 years old self anymore, neither was she.

I personally loved this book, its humor and everything. Emma was a great MC, she was hilarious, sarcastic, and honest. I find characters in this book very realistic, relatable and likeable. For example, Emmy’s mom was just like my mom, the over-protectiveness, the check-in every waking hour and stuffs. Emmy’s conversation with her mother never failed to crack me up.

She ignored my question. “Are you doing your homework?”

“No, I’m plotting a government takeover.” I held up a highlighter. “Can’t do it without the pink one, though. That’s just foolish.”

Besides Oliver, Emmy’s friendship with her two the other best friends was just on point, it felt so natural and flowy and real. Their conversation showed how close they are, and it was amazing.

And to the romance, I’m so glad it wasn’t instalove, Emmy and Oliver had to learned to build their friendship back up (and into more than that) because the person they’ve became is not the 7-year-old kids anymore.

I also loved that this book wasn’t just a cute romantic book, it involved friendship and parents-daughtership lol. All the three elements were included and with the right amounts. I thought the plot was unique and amazing, it was very understandable for all the characters, and again, realistic. It was the kind of book that left you with all the happy feels and taught you to fight for what you really want.

Overall, this book is a journey of a simple girl called Emmy in a small town with her own simple love and life story but fascinating, it’s a coming-of- age story about friendships, family, finding and fighting for what you want. Highly recommend, of course.Picture20

Thanks for reading!

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