A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Good afternoon, and Happy May!! There are so many new books being released this month that I have been waiting for all year, and I bet you can tell from the title which one I’ve already read. A Court of Frost and Starlight was one of my most anticipated books of 2018, and it came out yesterday May 1st. It was such a cute little Novella, and I felt that it set up the next set of books nicely. Here is the synopsis from Good Reads:

aaaaaaaThe Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

This book takes place a few months after ACOWAR, and follows some main characters who are having trouble adjusting after the bloodshed. I was so excited to dive into this book, and be transported back to Velaris with our favorite Inner Circle. The point of views change almost every chapter between Feyre, Rhys, Cassian, Mor, and Nesta. I enjoyed this aspect of the book, but wish I could have seen a chapter from either Elain or Azriel’s POV. Even though it was just a couple hundred pages, I truly enjoyed this novella and hope others do as well. There’s a little bit of mixed reviews on this one going around, but I think people were expecting either a full-length book, or something major to happen. Which in my opinion, Feyre did reveal something a little major to Rhysand, but I won’t spoil it for anyone! Overall, this book is a great bridge between the original trilogy and the next one, and so happy that it will be from the perspective of two certain characters! (There is a excerpt in the back of ACOFAS for the next book)

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I give this novella 5/5 stars.

 

 

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Bookish Pet Peeves

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Good evening everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. I was scrolling through Instagram this afternoon, and while looking at all the beautiful pictures by people I follow, I couldn’t help to cringe at certain things……When it comes to my books, I’m pretty particular about them. I hardly lend them out unless it’s to someone that I KNOW I can trust, otherwise I’m scared they’ll come back damaged or lost. With that being said, here is a little list of my bookish pet peeves, or things that people do that drive me crazy!!

Dog eared pages

I remember in sixth grade when the Deathly Hallows came out, a boy in my class was reading it and every time he would put it down, he’d dog ear the page. Even at that age, it would make me cringe, it ruins the book and puts creases in it!! If I don’t have a bookmark available, then I’ll just memorize what page I’m on rather than folding the corner of the page over.

Changing covers before the whole series is released

In a perfect world, all series will be released with the same style cover and same size. When publishers change the design of a book in a series, and it doesn’t match the first ones that came out, it really frustrates me. I like all of my series to match so when they do this it’s putting everything out of sorts and to me, it’s an eye sore on my bookshelf. For example, The Reaper at the Gates is a completely different cover than the first two in the series, and while it is gorgeous, I now have an unmatched series, and I don’t have the money to fix it to have them match. It’s different if authors release special editions of books, but when they change them partway through the whole series being released, it just makes me a little annoyed.

Getting a book back damaged

There have been many times where I would lend out a book to an acquaintance, and it would either get returned damaged, or just never returned at all. Nothing was worse than when I would get a book back with creased pages, bent spines, and ripped jackets.

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I know that this may sound a little dramatic, but when I see this in my Instagram feed, and someone is trying to show off the title of the book on the first page, it makes my head spin. This is just damaging to the book and cover, and I guess that is something that has always bothered me!

Not knowing how to pronounce a characters name

This is a rough one because a few years ago whenever I didn’t know how to pronounce a characters name or a place in a book, I would just replace it with a more common name, or adapt it to something similar the best I could. Luckily, authors have been blessing us these past few years with pronunciation guides, so this isn’t so bad for me anymore. But OMG I remember everyone trying to say Hermione’s name, and it was a big thing when she sounded it out for Victor Krum in Goblet of Fire (I think, correct me if I’m wrong lol). Most recently, I had a little trouble with SJM characters names Rhys=Rice and Aelin=Eileen for me. I read them correctly now after looking up Sarah’s guide, but for a while there I was getting them allllllll wrong!!

Never returning a book

A moment of silence for all the books that you and I have ever lent out to someone, and were never returned…..this really should be number one on my list, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. For me, when someone lends me a book I try to read it within a week to get it back to that person in a reasonable time frame. But for “normal” people who don’t read a book in a day like I frequently do, they take their time and put other obligations first…I get that but if you’re not going to read a book I let you borrow within a month, just give it back. It stresses me out to not know what is going on with it, lol.

My books are some of my most precious possessions, so I guess I can say I’m a little crazy when it comes to them, and that’s okay! Everyone is different and is particular about certain things. Do you have any pet peeves/annoyances when it comes to your books or books in general? Let me know down below!!

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My Favorite Childhood Reads

As I am still trying to grasp just how blogging works, I figured I would write a post I know everyone can relate to. Growing up, I was always the book worm in my family. There were many nights when my mom would catch me reading in the middle of the night with a head lamp on to read…..yup, you read that right, a HEAD LIGHT. Eleven year old Kellie was much like twenty-one year old Kellie, who would rather sacrifice hours of sleep to read just One. More. Chapter.

I have vivid memories of going to the library weekly with my mom over summers, tote bag in tow, and leaving with a minimum of ten books. I had my library card number memorized, and devoured books daily. What this is all leading up to I guess is that along the way, many of these books became some of my absolute favorites, so here is the ones that came out on top:

  1. Harry Potter

Harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stoneAlright, so I know everyone puts this as their number one childhood book series, but lets be real here……These books were the building blocks of my childhood. Some of my absolute favorite memories involve this series, and I feel like that is a whole blog post in itself, but lets just say I still have an EXACT replica of Bellatrix Lestrange’s wand displayed in my room that I made out of clay circa summer 2010 with my brother at 3am. One of my favorite places to be is Harry Potter World at Universal, which I am lucky enough to have an Annual Pass to. Here’s a picture from two years ago of me enjoying Butter Beer!

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2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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I read this series in middle school and was obsessed!! Percy, Annabeth, and Grover always had the craziest adventures, and I was surprised with every book. These books got made into movies, and the first one in my opinion was really good, but that second one…….we won’t get into that, lol.

3.   Sarah Dessen books

untitled.pngI remember in middle/high school I devoured these books. Sarah Dessen is such an amazing author, who isn’t afraid of writing about tough topics. Some of her books showed me that life is not easy, and that was kind of hard to learn at a young age. I don’t think I can really pin-point a favorite book of hers because it’s been so long that I’ve read them, but they are a great read and I encourage every coming of age young adult to read them.

4. The Hunger Games

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This trilogy is one of my all time favorites. My Sophomore year of High School, I broke my ankle and during that first weekend when I was on crutches, I read all of these books. Besides Harry Potter, this series is my favorite book to movie adaption, and I literally just had a movie marathon of these over the weekend. I think these books really opened up dystopian young adult novels, and got me into the genre.

5. Twilight

twilight-saga-twilight-series-30543454-1280-720Thought you could make it through one of these posts without Twilight in there? Think again. I discovered this series in seventh grade because I was constantly told I need to read this series over and over and over again. Was it because it was SO good? No. Was it because of the vampire-werewolf aspect? Nope. Was it because of the beautiful covers? Try again. Although these are very valid points of this series, it was because my last name………………is Cullen. Yup, you read that right. To this day people still chuckle or don’t believe me when I tell them what my last name is. I once had a teacher in High School have me pull out my drivers license because they did not believe it was truly my name. Even though I have this comical connection to the book, I really did love this series and the characters (Team Jacob 4 lyfe). I remember going to the bookstore at midnight for Breaking Dawns release, and reading for almost 24 hours straight to finish it.

 

 

I thought this would be a fun post to make, and I enjoyed writing it while reliving some of my favorite memories. What were some of your favorite childhood books/authors? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so much to Grainne at Darkly Whimsical Reader for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! I have only been at this for about a month now but everyone has been so nice and welcoming. I can’t believe I didn’t start blogging sooner.

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  1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  2. Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers that you admire.

Here are seven facts about me:

    1. Growing up I was very athletic. I mainly played soccer for 14 years, but in High School I switched it up and also played volleyball and tennis. Without branching out with sports, I probably would have been a little book nerd who was scared to talk to new people, and preferred her friends to be fiction. Although that girl is still a part of me, I’m forever grateful that I had the opportunities to play on different teams!
    2. My favorite tv shows are (in this order): Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, The Walking Dead, How to Get Away with Murder, The Office, Supernatural, and my guilty pleasure The Vampire Diaries, lol. I’ve watched theses shows over and over again, yet they are ones I will never get tired of.friends-reunion-series-ftr
    3. My favorite type of music is Rock/Folk Rock. Some of those bands included in that are: Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Fleetwood Mac. The only ones left I haven’t seen live is Fleetwood Mac so fingers crossed I can get to one of their concerts, or even just a Stevie Nicks concert!         TheLumineers_1200x628             Some of my favorite songs: Lumineers Pearl Jam Red Hot Chili Peppers
    4. I am currently a pre-nursing student and am hoping to start nursing school in the Fall. It’s such a nerve-wracking process applying to colleges, and it’s even worse when you’ve been denied a few times….but all positivity around this application cycle that I will get in somewhere!!
    5. I have a Chocolate Lab Australian Shepard mix dog named Jackson. He is three years old and I love him to death!! He’s a bit crazy so I’m sure I will share a story or two of something he’s done on here once in a while…IMG_0699

 

  1. The first book series I remember reading was Harry Potter! I was in fourth grade and weirdly I didn’t start with the first book, I started with the fourth. I think it’s because I didn’t think I had to read the first three since the movies were already out….It took me that whole school year to finish the fourth book but when I did I was so excited!
  2. I am really good at doing hair and makeup. When I was playing soccer in High School, braiding the entire soccer teams hair to match was a pre-game ritual for years. Some of my favorite Beauty Gurus to watch on YouTube are: Jaclyn Hill, Nicol Concilio, Manny MUA, Kathleen Lights, and Cosmobyhaley.

Here are a few bloggers that I nominate for the One Lovely Blog Award!!

Jessica from Kisses From Jess

Abbie from Bone Season of Glass

Vee from Vee Reading

Happy reading everyone!!!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

thumbnail_IMG_8161Where do I even begin? This was one of my Most Anticipated Books of 2018, and it did not disappoint. Thank you so so SO much to Net Galley and Flatiron books for an early e-book copy in exchange for an honest review. Here is the synopsis that I got off of Good Reads 🙂

“A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.”

36329818This novel picks up the morning after the first book, and from Scarlet’s sister Donatella’s (Tella) perspective. I found Tella to be a very interesting main character, and felt she had more to her than Scarlet. She is very brave and is not afraid of a challenge, and that came in handy during this books Caraval. This game surrounded The Fates that Tella has spent her whole life obsessing over because when she was a little girl, she found a cursed deck of cards in her mothers jewelry box. Right before she was caught, she flipped over 3 cards that sealed her fate after one became true not too long after.

During this Caraval game, Tella’s task is to discover Legend’s true identity. It seemed that he created this game just for Tella, and that he knew she studied the fates so much in her life, and some clues were left just for her to figure out. I loved the romance in this book way more than the first just because I felt Scarlet to be so dependent on Julian right off the bat, where as Tella would do things on her own and wasn’t dependent on Dante nor expected a happily ever after from one kiss.

I very much enjoyed the layout of the game in this book and how it “wasn’t just a game” this time around. It was hard for Tella to tell the difference of real vs. not real (Hunger Games, anyone? lol) and at times it was hard for me as a reader as well. This novel definitely kept me on my toes, and left me NEEDING book three!!!

Overall I rate this book 5/5 stars and would highly recommend it!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Good evening everyone! Today I bring you a review I have been trying to wrap my head around. I read this book a few weeks ago, and I still find myself thinking about it! This IS my absolute favorite book that I have read this year so far. I know it will stay if not number one, near the top of my 2018 favorites. Reviews have been all over the place for this book, but if you’re a fan of High Fantasy, magic wielders, kick ass female main characters, and slow burn love stories, this is the book for you!

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Here is the synopsis that I got from Goodreads:

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

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When I first got this ARC, I was super intrigued by the synopsis and surpassed all of my TBR’s that month to read it! With that being said, lets go ahead and get into the review:

This book is not for the weak-hearted. Throughout the book, I felt so invested in these characters lives, that when they wept, I wept, when they laughed, I laughed, and when they were in a fight for their lives my heart was pounding probably as fast as theirs. I loved how unpredictable this novel was, and it DEFINITLEY left me wanting more.

The world that this was set up in was remarkable. I absolutely loved the chapters switching back and forth between the two main characters. You will read about Rielle on a walk with her best friend Audric, and then a thousand years later the other character will be walking by a crumbling statue of him.

Overall, I really loved this book and I hope you all pick it up when it is released on May 22nd(I know I will be because that cover is just GORGEOUS!)

Obviously this is a 5/5 star book 🙂

*This ARC came in November’s Fairyloot*

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Disclaimer: Mild Spoilers

Hello all and welcome to my first book review on my blog! This one will (obviously) be about Holly Black’s very anticipated 2018 release The Cruel Prince. I received this book and candle pictured in my January Fairyloot, and I absolutely loved that box! This being the only box I’ve ever gotten from them, I was super impressed and can’t wait to get another. Now this book was very hyped up, so it -made me nervous that I would think it a flop, but I was actually surprised! Although it wasn’t a five star book for me, it deals with themes that many people could relate themselves to.

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Now onto the review. This book follows Jude and her sisters navigating their lives in the High Court of Faerie. Unlike their older sister Vivienne, Jude and Taryn are mere mortals in a realm where humans are despised and used as servants. Jude wants very much to be a part of the court, but her classmate and his band of bullies will do whatever they can to stop her. I felt that this books main theme was bullying, and standing up to them. For some reason, Prince Cardan singles out Jude daily and torments her and her twin Taryn. She is constantly standing up for not just herself, but also her sister, and I love that Holly Black portrayed her that way.

The world that this author created is a magical one. With every chapter you are learning about a new race of faerie and she describes them so well that the reader can picture them in their heads. World building is very important to me because without it, books just fall flat and it doesn’t leave me wanting the next book from that author. I haven’t read many books that involve faeries, but I enjoyed that this faerie realm in particular was a little more dark and dangerous than most. She did not shy away from violence (that first chapter was just BRUTAL) and tough themes, which is something that I really enjoy/respect from authors. Overall, this book was written very well, and Jude is a strong female protagonist who, despite her disadvantages, is trying to carve out a spot for herself in the world she grew up in.

Overall I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars because at times nothing was really happening, and although I loved Jude’s character, I absolutely despised Prince Cardan. I couldn’t grasp him being secretly fond of her yet he was either the one who was actively bullying her, or he did nothing to stop his band of cronies from hurting her.