Top Ten Tuesday | My Most Loved OTPs

Hey, book lovers!

This post is my first Top Ten (Five) Tuesday, which moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. I don’t always celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I thought this year I’d make it bookish. So to mark this joyous day, I’ve chosen my top five OTP couples.

 

Feyre and Rhysand (Feysand) from A Court of Thorns and Roses

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… The wait was worth it. “

Who doesn’t love this couple? Okay, probably several since there are still Feylin shippers. Both Feyre and Rhys give me a reason to find my mate (cheesy, I don’t care). They are why I keep coming back from to this series. Their overall character development just brings shivers to me. She saves the man she loves only to find that he is truly a beast. But another man who tricks the world into believing he is the monster is the one who saves her. This beautiful retelling will be on the top of my reread list. I can’t get enough of them.

 

Nesta and Cassian (Nessian) from A Court of Thorns and Roses

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world—the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”

I say, IF SARAH DOESN’T SAIL THIS SHIP, I’LL RIOT. I am Nessian trash, and I’ll go down with this ship. I don’t care if I’m irrational. If they aren’t mates, I’ll be equally as salty. You don’t heavily hint at Queen Bitch™ being with glorious Man Bun™ for nothing! Even Feyre ships this couple. Nesta infuriates Cassian, who then settles her down but also accepts, then understands her. I love them, and I called it in ACOMAF.

They truly deserve their time in their own book, and this Nessian’s number one shipper needs that book.

 

Inej and Kaz from Six of Crows

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure Kaz was good enough for my knife queen. But then I fell in love with Dirty Hands, and I couldn’t see anyone else with her. The Bastard of the Barrel won me over. He is one character who I adore and cherish. In some cases, he reminds me of me, so I understand his fears and his constant need to show the world he can’t be conquered. And Inej has suffered for years, yet she crawled out of her nightmare to find him. I need more stories about them, Leigh.

 

Laia and Elias from An Ember in the Ashes

“You are my temple,” I murmur as I kneel beside her. “You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release.”

Aw, this couple melts my heart. Both of these cinnamon buns live in a cruel and brutal world determined to destroy everything good in their lives. Yet they found, then fought their way back to each other. The ending of A Torch against the Night may put a kink in their potential relationship, so I don’t know what’s in store for them.

 

Farley and Shade from Red Queen

“You’re a special kind of stupid.”

I wish this ship would have matured, but unfortunately, we get only a few snippets of it. And it breaks my damn heart. Shade is one of my favourite characters in the Red Queen series, and his story just gutted me when I finished this book. And Farley surprised me when she finally opens up and lets Shade in. Sometimes some couples aren’t meant to last.

Best Books of 2017

Hey, everyone!

Look at me forgetting to work on this post until the end of January. 😅 I need be a personal assistant to harass me every day. Well, better late than never! I’ve picked my top six reads of 2017. And even though I’d love to add more, these books are my favourites:

 

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh is my queen, and I’ll buy anything and everything she’ll write. She recreates readers’ cherished fairy tales and lore, then puts her own twists onto them. Women are at the forefront of this fairy tale retelling. They don’t need anyone, even a man, to save them. They’ll find their own happy ending. And they’ll save themselves. The illustrations set this book apart from others. I cannot recommend it more!

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Problems aside, this finale is solid. I don’t think anything will top A Court of Mist and Fury, but I love every single character arc, the High Lords’ meeting, and the gut-wrenching page 666 (I still can’t talk about it). The bond among the Archeron sisters will break your heart, then Feysand will shatter it. And I’m down for NESSIAN.

And have you seen the cover for A Court of Frost and Starlight?! Can we fangirl over it, please???

Warcross by Marie Lu

Virtual reality is taken to another level. I read this book earlier this month, but this one is, by far, the best novel I’ve read in a long time. I cannot get enough of this series. And I wish this series wasn’t a duology, but alas, it is. Emi may just steal your heart; she certainly has with mine. Marie makes me want to get back into science fiction books.

 

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Ah! I fell in love with the cover before I even read the blurb. It does the story justice. Flame is a beautifully written and eloquent story. It captured my attention the moment I opened the book. Now Flame is the first book I’ve read from Renée, but she has done a stellar job at creating a culturally rich storyline.

 

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

I didn’t think Kiersten could top And I Darken, but I’ve been wrong before. Ruthless, dark, and deadly, Lada has wormed her way into my heart, that feisty killer. And Radu broke it. The Conqueror’s Saga is a stellar historical YA with a touch of romance. I thoroughly loved this dangerous world.

 

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this fae novel, but Margaret surprised me with her lush and imaginative writing. The characters are unforgettable, and the lore in this book will captivate. And you can’t go wrong with a cover designed by Charlie Bowater.

Reading Wrap-Up: May 2017

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MY HEART IS BLEEDING. And I don’t know how to stop it. Can someone just hug me? Please? I’m serious. This book has emotionally drained me. Anyways. I’ve been living in this fae world for several months now (clearly not enough time for me), and I’m sad to see Feyre’s story end. If Feyre and Rhys weren’t enough to break my heart, then all the others in the Night Court would. I adore Sarah’s complex world, and I just hope her next instalments will live up to this past one!

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The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

⭐️⭐️⭐️ ½

Hello, morbid nerd alert. How do you capture my attention? Bring in a character who possesses death. I think you had me at the word “death.” I cannot stop reading Gena’s Lords of the Underworld series. I’m trying to catch up to my friend, who just loves to give me tidbits from the next books (book tease, anyone?!). The series hooked me from the beginning. You get tortured immortal warriors who are doomed to house demons, fast-paced action, and even faster love stories.

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Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have found my spirit animal…in a comic strip. Sarah captures who I am: the slight social introvert who cannot get enough books, the awkward nerd who lives in hoodies, and the odd cat lover. I’ve been following some of her work for several years but haven’t got the chance to read her debut strip until now. I love it. Highly recommend!

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Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ahhh, this book is to die for. Obviously the sequel hits just the right notes. I finished these two comic strips in under an hour. If you think Sarah’s first strip was good, then definitely pick this one up. The sequel has a stronger cohesive flow to it. But she doesn’t scrimp on the social awkwardness. And I love how she brings humour to social anxiety.

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The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gena finally gives us Reyes and Danika’s story. She has hinted at it from the first book, Darkest Night and strung us along for awhile. I love these two. Reyes, keeper of Pain, has intrigued me from the first time he met Danika. Gena adds in a bit of forbidden love, and she has me hooked.

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The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You know, I’ve wondered how I’d like reading about Sabin, the keeper of Doubt and the leader of the Greek faction. In previous instalments he sometimes got on my nerves, but with this sequel, I’ve grown to like him more. And he just gets more adorable when he find Gwen, a kidnapped harpy even his demon is afraid of!

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Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

I’ve been waiting to read this book for about a year. And Flame in the Mist doesn’t disappoint. I wasn’t expecting to love it this much, but I do. It is a beautifully written and lyrical fantasy that I’m sad to put down and is definitely one of my greatest reads for this year.

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Surprisingly, I enjoyed reading this new Shadowhunter series. I’ve been always gone back to Cassie’s work, since her last two series have been my guilty pleasure for years. Cassie introduces the Blackthorns and Emma Carstairs in City of Heavenly Fire, and since then I’ve wondered how they’d survive after a devastating lost and heal. She plays with the parabatai and forbidden love storyline, so I wonder what what she has to offer in the sequel.

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Book Haul: May 2017

I’m spoiled. I wasn’t expecting a large book haul last month. But I finally received my two most anticipated books of 2017! What did you get? Let me know in the comments.

 

25487124Missing by Kelley Armstrong

YA novel with a mystery/thriller twist and a Kelley book? I’m in. Honestly, I don’t need to read the synopsis; I’ll just add the book to my ever growing TBR on Goodreads and pre-order it. I’m turning desperate, I swear.

Every teenager dreams of leaving Reeve’s End. Winter Crane hopes to do the same. But when she finds a boy left for dead in the forest she loves, she wonders what has happened to the other teenagers.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

ACOWAR is my most anticipated book of the year, and I cannot stop looking at it. Obviously Sarah is planning to write more novels from the ACOTAR world, but I’m rather sad to see Feyre’s POV end, since I believe Feyre has more stories to tell.

ACOWAR (ominous acronym, don’t you say?) quickly starts off from ACOMAF. Feyre is back in the Spring Court and hopes to find everything she can about the coming war and the King of Hybern. But with betrayal and deceit at every turn, Feyre must find who she can trust and who will be her ally.

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Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Here’s my second most anticipated book of 2017. I’ve been waiting to read this book for a long time! And I’ve bee drooling over that cover equally as long.

Mariko, a daughter of a samuri, survives an attack while she was on route to her betrothed. To discover why she marked for death, she infiltrates the Black Clan. But what she soon learns will change her life.

I’ve recently finished it, so I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!

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The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

Beth, you are a godsend. And naturally you continue to supply my book addiction you created. 😂 I love you, woman.

Determined to find ancient artifacts that may lead to the Lords’ freedom, Lucien, Keeper of Death, is ordered to kill Anya, the Goddess of Anarchy. What he doesn’t know that she’s hellbent on hooking him.

The second instalment of the Lords of the Underworld series will capture the attention of any paranormal romance reader.

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The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

Danika Ford has been on the run for months, since Aeron, the Keeper of Wrath is tasked to kill her and her family. Finally, I get to read Reyes’ book. Reyes, the Keeper of Pain, can’t help but protect her. But their undeniable attraction may just doom them both.

Gena has been hinting at Danika and Reyes’ story since the first book, The Darkest Night. And I’ve been eagerly waiting to read their book since my friend gifted it to me.

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The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

Sabin, Keeper of Doubt, prefers the battlefield over the bedroom. And I don’t blame him. His demon will shatter any woman’s confidence. But Gwen, a harpy oddly nicknamed the Timid, is up for the challenge, even though she fears Sabin may spark her inner harpy. He takes her under his wing once he and the other Lords set her and other supernaturals free from the Hunters.

But the Lords’ hunt for the artifacts leading them to Pandora’s Box may just become increasingly dangerous than the warriors thought.

Keep your eyes open for my review!

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Review and Giveaway: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Published by: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Extent: 720 pages

Rating: 4/5

Source: Purchase

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Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


“But for my home, for Prythian and the human territory and so many others … I would clean my blades, and wash the blood from my skin. And I would do it again and again and again.”

Have you ever avoided writing a review simply because you know the series has come to an end? I’m facing that problem right now. Sure, Sarah is continuing with more stories in the ACOTAR world, but I want more from Feyre. Her future is still playing out. But with this instalment, Sarah creates a powerful and captivating finale that will break your heart, make it swell, and emotionally destroy you. I don’t expect anything less from her. I’m drained to the point where I need a year to heal before I read the next instalment.

Feyre, High Lady of the Night Court, returns to the Spring Court so she will bring down Tamlin and collect any information she can find to end this looming war. But as this High Lady-turned-spy plays this deadly game to discover how the Hybern King will destroy Prythian, she tests herself and her people while they race to track down allies and find ones in unexpected places.

Sarah incorporates more history of Prythian, the other courts, characters, and mythology. She teases you with just the right amount of backstory. Power plays, fae politics, and complex character developments just dance off the pages. I find writing this review difficult because I am emotionally wrecked. I laughed. I snorted. I bloody cackled (and you know the exact scene I’m talking about). And I bawled more than I care to admit. I’m just getting into Sarah’s books, but I’m impressed with how she puts in these many arcs in a single story and juggles these many characters with ease. She was thrashing me from one chapter to the next, and I had moments where I had to put down the book so I could catch my breath.

 

“The great joy and honour of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful—more than I can possibly say—that I was given this time with you all.”

I don’t know how much more I can marvel at the Court of Dreams or the Inner Circle. But I do. And I swear my bat babies broke my damn soul. If I were to scream to the world of how proud I am of this family, I couldn’t properly show my love for it.

 

“But for my home, for Prythian and the human territory and so many others…I would clean my blades, and wash the blood from my skin. And I would do it again and again and again.”

Feyre slays in this book. She transforms from a human who gives up her life for the beast and is then turned into broken fae who possesses a human heart to the Queen of the Night, who bows down to no one. She grows into a character who I admire and never want to forget. She has carved a piece into my heart, but she isn’t the only one.

 

“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have…The wait was worth it.”

Rhysand gives more than he has in his past. He’s willing to sacrifice himself to protect his his family and people. He nearly stopped my heart at his sacrifice. I can’t write without tearing up about it. I thought I cherished him before, but this book completely shatters my love I have for him.

 

I don’t know how, but I love Cassian more than I had at the end of ACOMAF. This glorious Illyrian almost rivals Rhys. Almost. I need more of him. I cannot wait to read more of his journey after this war. Mor, and her revelation, just seals my heartache for this book. Her history is riddled in pain, and yet she still fights for a country that may shun her. I swear I held my breath when she broke down. That little firedrake, Amren, is a hellion, and the friendship budding between her and Nesta keeps you on your toes. And do you know how long I’ve waited for more Azriel? Finally! But I just hope he finds his happiness in future books. I truly do. And here comes Nesta. My second queen may just burn down this world and not blink an eye. I can’t help but mention the friendship Az has with Elain. I squee every time I think of it. Both Nesta and Elain are characters I wonder what they have to offer. You get glimpses, but I hope I get more of their POVs. And my little fox, Lucien, REDEEMS himself. Yes!

War breaks people, their souls, and their bodies. Sometimes, though, it unearths their greatest strengths: hope, family, love, and redemption. Sarah shows the brutality of war. She doesn’t shy away from illustrating the consequences of people’s actions and choices they make. She doesn’t sensationalize it, doesn’t glorify it. And in doing so she cements herself as an author who I look up to.

And I love how she also includes more LGBTQ storylines into ACOWAR. But my one complaint is with how she wrote one in particular. She hints to a ship that may or may not exist, even though she throws you clues to it in ACOMAF. So my problem is with Sarah, not that storyline. Even if her characters hide their sexuality, these arcs should flow organically, not just be throw in to the mix like an afterthought. But I’m happy she includes the character’s development. But her representation of certain LGBTQ characters is a little hinkey.

I own only a few books that have stuck with me over the years. I can list them on my right hand. And this series takes a spot there. Sometimes it’s hard to find a book that challenges me, makes me question my worth. But A Court of Wings and Ruin forces me to think of what I’d do in Feyre’s situation. And I don’t think I’d change a thing for her. More importantly, ACOWAR shows you that, even in the darkness, even in your bleakest time, you find yourself, redeem yourself, and never bow down to anyone. I wonder what Sarah has in store for the next books.


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Spring 2017 Recent and Upcoming Releases

This little bookworm needs to stop being shy around other bloggers. Bloggers mean friends. And friends are good (not food [I had to throw that in 😂]) So let’s talk books! What are you looking forward to for this season? What’s on your pre-order list? What’s your instant buy? Let me know in the comments. Here’s my list for recent and upcoming releases I’ve been waiting for.

 

Missing (April 18)

Another Kelley book? Come on, it’s me. Kelley publishes a book, and I’ll buy it. This YA has an interesting twist. The kids in Reeve’s End always leave town, but when Winter Crane discovers a boy left for dead, she wonders if all the children who have left are missing. Sounds interesting? Yes, indeed. I can’t wait to jump into another one of her mystery/thriller books. She hasn’t written many YA mysteries, so I wonder where she’ll go with this one.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin (May 2)

I’m slipping more into the YA genre. And I admit that I’m completely and entirely hooked. Just twelve more days. TWELVE DAYS. I haven’t anticipated a book this badly. And we get 720 glorious pages! Okay, calm yourself, Sib. Now A Court of Wings and Ruins may just kill me, but I want it more than any other book (fighting words, yes?).

I can’t get enough of this series. The fanfiction doesn’t satisfy me, the illustrations somewhat stave off my anticipation, but I need the book. And my little bat babies. Hello, wingspan. 😍 Cue the fangirl screaming now. Cauldron help me.

 

Flame in the Mist (May 16)

Look at this cover! I’m in love. For months, I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about the Flame in the Mist. Betrayal, murder, Feudal Japan, and a kickass woman who infiltrates a male-only gang? I’m in. I haven’t read any of Renée‘s other work, but her book certainly piques my interest.