Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch | Book Review

Snow Like AshesSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

4.5 Stars= Amazing

Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young-Adult
Series Status: Snow Like Ashes #1
Page Count: 416
Source & Format: Bought, Hardcover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Ahem. Before we start can I please just stare at this book’s cover? Seriously, I love it so much. 😛

Hello everyone! Today I have for you a review on a book I recently re-read; Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I first read this book way back at the beginning of 2015, and with the release of the second book, I decided to re-read this book—and I don’t regret it one bit.

Reading Snow Like Ashes the first time was a magical experience, one that I loved and fell in love with, and re-reading it didn’t diminish that at all, if anything, just reminded me how awesome this book is. Seriously, I haven’t talked about this book enough on my blog, and I’m here to remedy that right now by giving you a feel-filled review on it! Be warned that may be a lot of rambling and fangirling. Of course, you’re all used to that by now, right?

Let’s get on with it!

Plot

Oktuber was a maze of rickety barns and tents in maroon, azure, and sunshine orange, with the crystalline blue sky gleaming above, a sharp and beautiful contrast to the kingdom’s earth tones. But it was the Autumnians themselves who left me gaping—they were beautiful.

Ahhhh the plot! Where do I even start? Well, the basics of course; I really loved the plot. I’m deducting half a star because the story did have a couple iffy not-so-stellar parts, and had several bouts of info-dumping which kind of left me confused for a while, but overall it was so well-written, I hardly could stop reading—and I already knew what was going to happen!

I also have to mention the plot twists were spot-on, I remember the first time I read this book I was able to guess at a few, but there were some that completely blew me away. I was so invested in the story! Sara Raasch has a beautiful mix of romance, action and the whole theme of self-discovery thing going on, and it made for a wonderful adventure.

As a side note, may I just say that the world-building was on point? Snow Like Ashes is set in a world centered around the four seasons. Already I’m like, how cool is that? It’s not often I see something like this, and Sara Raasch handled it with style. Although sometimes I was a bit lost with the various bouts of info-dumping at the start as I mentioned above, I caught on pretty quickly as the story went on and I fell in love with this world! Magic, kingdoms, seasons; what more could you ask for?

Characters

This is where the fangirling really comes in, guys. Not only can the main character, Meira, completely kick-butt, there were so many other characters who interested me and brought out all the emotions.

“I wanted a life of my own, a life where I could feel myself being a part of Winter. And that, to me, came though fighting for it.”

You go, girl! Meira, as I said, can completely kick-butt. Not only that, she is simply so awesome. I empathized so much with her heartbreaking tale of wanting to be herself and have a place in Winter’s kingdom, to make an impact. I understood her struggle of fighting to get Sir’s approval, needing it yet not wanting to need it. I admired her perseverance in the face of challenges and the weight of others. She reminded me so much of Celaena from Throne of Glass… yet not. They’re both really similar but still both different. Of course, I love them both!

“No matter what happens, no matter who turns on me, no matter what pompous swine thinks he has power over me, I am still me. I will always be me.”

Although there is also romance in the novel, Meira’s goals came first. Her fight to stay true to herself is was what took dominance, and that was wonderfully portrayed. Fear not, of course, there is definitely romance, but I loved how it didn’t take up the whole thing.

Moving on to Mather, another one of our characters and one of Meira’s love interests. Yes, one of. There is a love triangle in this book, one that I will happily say I didn’t mind. Mather was a really interesting character, and I really liked Mather’s and Meira’s relationship. Kind of a forbidden love thing theme going on, except the love is not openly acknowledged. However, there is a certain someone I’m kind of leaning towards as well…

Theron is the name of our second love interest! It’s not insta-love, and it’s not even full-out love between him and Meira, but there are definitely sparks and I really love his character!! *Swoon* He understands Meira so well (not that Mather doesn’t, but you know what I mean) and his ambitions and dreams really made him into someone I love. Currently I’m loving both him and Mather so much; I just can’t wait to see more of them in the next book.

Last, but not least, a little insight on the other characters; Sara Raasch sure knows how to have your emotions in a twist! My thoughts on Sir must’ve changed a thousand times, from angry, to confused, to frustrated to understanding, and that’s without counting the other characters! There was a variety of people we meet throughout the course of this book, who make reading this book a thrilling experience.

Writing Style

“One flake falls, twisting down through the empty sky. One frozen speck of snow. Then another, and another, and before I know it the roads will be covered in dozens of distinct flakes. All these little pieces combining to create one giant, volatile snowstorm, something beautiful and dangerous and epic.”

The writing was simply fantabulous! It allowed the readers to create vivid and clear images in our heads of this world we’re in, and I simply fell in love. Reading it for the second time only re-introduced me to this beautiful writing! Even through the info-dumping I mentioned above, the writing made it so it wasn’t too confusing, even if a few things flew over my head. Also, there was no cliffhanger in this book, which in itself is pretty rare these days. (Not that I begrudge authors using cliffhangers—you have to admit, they’re pretty handy!) The ending was written perfectly, wrapped up enough to have me satisfied, but not too much so that I’m no longer interested in continuing the story. (And let’s be real here, given how much I loved this book, even if the ending was terrible, I would definitely not abandon this series!)

Overall…

Go read this. Now. Especially if you like fantasy! Or Sarah J. Maas‘s books! Or anything magical and amazing! I can almost 100% assure you that you will love this book. There are themes of being true to yourself and persevering in times of difficulty. There is a world full of magic and beautiful descriptions. There are characters you will fall in love with. All in all, a must-read! I can’t stress enough how much you should go pick this up. 🙂

A little wrap-up of everything I’ve said:

  • the story is addicting
  • the world-building is amazing
  • Meira is a wonderful character with spunk and personality
  • Mather and Theron are both great love interests and characters
  • the writing was engaging and full of beautiful descriptions

So, the final question. Do I recommend this? That’s a big YES from me!!


Discussion time! What do you think of this novel? Have you read it? Do you want to read it? What expectations do you have for it? Let me know in the comments below!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

(Throne of Glass #1)

Published: August 2nd 2012

Synopsis:

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre(s): Fantasy, Young-Adult

Page Count: 404

Format: Paperback


Hello! Today I have for you a review on Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, the first book in the epic fantasy series of the same name. Since Queen of Shadows (SO EXCITED), the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, is being released very soon (September 1st, to be precise) and I plan to read it as soon as I receive it (I pre-ordered it), me being me, I decided I had to review the previous three books. So here I am, with a review on the first book, from where the adventure all started!

I’m usually terrible at reviewing a book in a series when I’ve already read its accompanying sequels (and it was a while back too) but I’ll be giving it my best shot! To write a more accurate review, I’m going to be [attempting] writing the review from the viewpoint of when I first read it, without the knowledge of the events in the second and third book. Let’s get on with it!

Plot

I love this story so much! Everything about it had me addicted. However, one thing that might irk some readers is the fact that it isn’t constantly in action. There is action, though, if you’re patient enough to stick with the story. From the very first page we’re thrown right into the story, and from there the plot and storyline builds up everything rather slowly (but artfully) to its end point where all hell breaks loose. I found myself enraptured with the whole story, even if we were at some point where it wasn’t exactly an active scene. (And there was magic included! Magic! I absolutely love when there is magic involved in a story, there are so many open gates for the author, and the reader, to explore which allows for quite the enticing story.) There was just enough going on (despite the lack of constant action) in the book, what with the incredible world-building, the romance, the mystery, the magic, and it all flowed together seamlessly. It was truly magical!

Characters

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

I loved Celaena. She is everything I love in a strong female protagonist and more! She is by no means perfect, but her personality (a mix of fierce, arrogant and feminine) is perfect for her occupation and is quite endearing, if I’m to be honest. Her wit and sarcastic nature led to amusing interactions with other characters, which I truly enjoyed quite a bit! But what I love about her the most is the fact that she’s an amazing representation of a strong, female lead. How? Well. I know lots of readers think negatively of the fact that Celaena comments positively on her own looks, and think that makes her arrogant and selfish. But while Celaena may be arrogant (she says so herself if I’m not mistaken), is being confident in her looks a bad thing? There are so many female leads out there who are insecure about how they look, and I loved how Celaena wasn’t like that.

In short, Celaena Sardothien was blessed with a handful of attractive features that compensated for the majority of average ones; and, by early adolescence, she’d discovered that with the help of cosmetics, these average features could easily match the extraordinary assets.

Also, did I mention she loved books? Yep, along with being one of Erilea’s most feared assassins, she’s an avid reader.

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

Despite being who she was (a self-confident and kick-butt assassin) she was so relatable and girly, even. Which is, of course, another thing that puts her apart from other characters. She proves that you can be feminine and still be a badass, and be a badass and still be feminine. Amazing, really, when you think about how few books there are with characters like that.

Next we have Prince Dorian Havilliard, who wasn’t completely what I expected. He was a typical character in that his princely roles, obligations and duties were familiar (needed to marry, obey his father, etc. etc.) but I did not expect to like him as much as I did. He wasn’t a stuck-up and arrogant snob (well, not too arrogant, at least) like some royals I can name (*Cough* Eadlyn *cough*), but instead a caring and thoughtful person. He is quite charming and his and Celaena’s interactions were quite cute and fun to read. However there is a teensy little problem…

…Which comes in the name and form of Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Guard. He is amazing. I loved him, really. He’s all scowling and gloomy, but really, he has a heart of gold. So why wouldn’t I love him? (I’m almost not even joking, he’s simply to die for.) His interactions with Celaena are more different than the ones she had with Dorian, but no less entertaining and cute to read about. Their relationship is more subtle, and really, more stronger in my opinion! Though do not let my judgement influence you. 😉 Overall, Chaol is still a total cutie pie!

Writing Style

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”

I refuse to believe this is the debut of Sarah J. Maas. Nope. The writing in this novel was absolutely fantastic. First off, I loved how the world was written; we aren’t given, like, heaps and mounts of information on this world we’re in, but we’re able (or at least *I* was able) to imagine the world we’re in, understand its history and what it’s like. And I loved that, because often in books of the fantasy genre, it’s hard to fully get a grip on the world we’re in, but for Throne of Glass, it was like second skin. Another thing I loved about the writing was that it was seemed so poetic and flowed so nicely with the tone and mood of the book. It was effortless, reading this book, and I enjoyed reading it so much because it was written so nicely!

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Overall…

This is a book you should not, under any circumstances, pass on, because it is truly wonderful. The plot is crafted so well that although it isn’t jam-packed with action (trust me, there’s plenty of that in the next book) it’s compelling and incredibly hard to resist. For me, anyway. It might take some time to get into it for some, but it’s definitely worth your time! I absolutely loved the characters, especially Celaena and the love interests, because they were created marvelously! Celaena is a fantastic representation of feminine badass assassin, and we definitely need more female leads who are confident and not insecure of who they are. She may be seen as arrogant, but that so-called arrogance gives her the ability to acknowledge her strenghts, something that countless other characters undermine. This was simply so refreshing! There is a love triangle, but it is more subtle and doesn’t take over the whole plot, and instead provides some excitement and emotional attachment from the reader. The writing is poetic and perfectly fits the story. Really, must I go on? I say not, because bottom line is: this book is fantastic. And I must say, if you do not at least give a chance to this book/series, I shall be quite offended and will unfriend you. 😛 Just kidding. But still. I command you to read it!!

Have you read this book? If you have, I shall be quite sad if you don’t join in on my fangirling!! (Especially with Queen of Shadows being released very soon!) And even if you haven’t, I will be equally sad if you don’t leave a taste of your thoughts on whether you will read the book or not. 😉 Bottom line: talk to me! I’d love to hear from you. ❤

Now, I’m off to bed! I think I’m kind of sleep-deprived right now… Enjoy your day/night, bookworms! Just remember, this book must be gobbled up asap. 😀

Analee 10

Top 10 Tuesday #19 (August 18/20): Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Hello my fellow bookworms! It’s Tuesday, not Tuesday (they both start with the same letter, I’m sure that counts for something, am I right?!) but I’ve decided to do this week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic anyway. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is, as you have probably guessed, Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors, AKA authors whose books you will buy no matter what, or even before knowing what it’s about. Not sure if I’ll be able to fully complete this list, but here goes! In no particular order:

Author Jennifer Armentrout

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout

I have yet to read most of her NA books, but I have read a lot of her YA novels, and I know that I’d definitely pick up anything she writes! From paranormal romance and fantasy to suspenseful romance and thrillers, her books are great! Always look forward to things she writes.

2. Cassandra Clare

Author Cassandra Clare

I absolutely love her Shadowhunter books (AKA The Mortal Instruments, The Internal Devices, etc) and although I have yet to read her middle grade fantasy The Iron Trial, (co-written with Holly Black) I definitely will buy anything this author releases.

Marissa Meyer3. Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles are amazing. Like, really, I just love the books. They are full of creativity, action, romance, and they’re retellings of awesome fairytales, so how could I not? I honestly need more from this author!!

4. Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas

I’ve read her Throne of Glass series & A Court of Thorns and Roses (the first book in a new series of the same name) and you can bet that I will be reading more from her, no questions asked! I loved all the books I’ve read from her so far, her writing and worldbuilding is amazing, and I always fall in love with the characters! ❤

Rick Riordan pic5. Rick Riordan

This author is simply awesome! I love all the books I’ve read by him, especially the Heroes of Olympus and the Percy Jackson series. His books, generally focusing on different kinds of mythology are always guaranteed to be an amazing adventure.

6. Tahereh MafiTahereh Mafi

After reading this author’s Shatter Me series, I am definitely going to be auto-buying any of her future novels! Her writing is so unique, and I love how much development her characters went through in Shatter Me. I’d love to gobble up this author’s novels, no questions asked!

C.C Hunter pic7. C.C. Hunter

Maybe it’s just me, but I find that there’s hardly any bloggers who’ve read this author’s works, which truly is a shame. I really enjoyed both her Shadow Falls and the first two books of the Shadow Falls: After Dark series and will go as far as to put her on my auto-buy list. She is an author not to be missed!

8. Patrick NessPatrick Ness

I haven’t read all of this author’s novels (only his Chaos Walking trilogy) but I do plan on reading more because he is a fantastic author! His books are gripping and I absolutely love his writing style. I hope to get to his novels A Monster Calls and More Than This asap!

Author Rainbow Rowell

9. Rainbow Rowell

I’ve only read 2 books by this author (although I am determined to change that by reading her other novels) and I loved them both; Eleanor and Park & Fangirl. Both were such amazing and touching reads, not to mention I loved the writing and characters.

10. Sarah DessenSarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is amazing when it comes to contemporary! I haven’t read all her books but the ones I have I really enjoyed. They just always manage to put a smile on my face!


Wow, I honestly had no idea I’d actually be able to complete this list! But I did and I also have a few honorable mentions: Richelle Mead, Leigh Bardugo, Julie Kagawa, Susan Ee, Marie LuJ.K. Rowling. Along with those authors I’d also like to name a few authors I’ve recently discovered whose books may potentially be on my auto-buy list: Renee Ahdieh, Becky Albertalli, Francesca Zappia… and a few others I cannot remember at this moment. 🙂

So that’s it for my (belated) Top Ten Tuesday!! Let me know in the comments below if we share any authors in common, I’d love to hear from you! ❤

Analee 10

 

Top 10 Tuesday #17 (August 4): Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read & Want To Read

Hello! It’s not Tuesday, but I’ll consider it the time for another Top Ten Tuesday,(a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)! This is an edited version of the post I had originally scheduled; for some reason this didn’t post as it was supposed to and now I’m 2 days late on this one. Oh well! I’m loving the topic and I’m definitely not going to be passing it up! XD
This week’s topic, as you can tell by the title of this post, is Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read and Want To Read! I’ll be dividing it into half; 5 retelling books I’ve read, and 5 that I want to read. So, let’s get to it! As usual, in no particular order:

Books I’ve Read

Lunar Chronicles 21. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel). This series is amazing!! If you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, then you must start it now, I promise if you like fairytale retellings and fantasy, you won’t regret it.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns & Roses_bookcover
Based on Beauty and the Beast. This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it!! Sarah J. Maas turned a classic fairytale into a whole new world of fae and magic. You can check out my review on it here if you’re interested!

THrone of Glass series3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Loosely based on/Inspired by Cinderella. This isn’t exactly a direct retelling of Cinderella, but the series is a [very] loose retelling of the story, and a great one at that!

4. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah OcklerThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids_bookcover
Loosely based on The Little Mermaid. I just finished this one today, and boy, was it quite the story! I absolutely loved it. It was a beautifully written contemporary with fairytale elements mixed in, and it was a very unique retelling of The Little Mermaid.

The Ugly Stepsister_bookcover5. The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling
Based on Cinderella. This one is quite the unique retelling! Instead of being told from the perspective of Cinderella as you would expect, it was told instead from the POV of Cinderella’s stepsister instead. Cool, right? It was an amazing story!

Honourable mentions: Fairy Tales series by Melanie Dickerson (Including retellings of Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White & Cinderella), Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Cinderella)Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hudge (Beauty and the Beast)

Books I Want to Read

6. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehThe Wrath and the Dawn_bookcover
Based on A Thousand and One Nights. I just started reading this one recently. I’m not that far into it yet, but I’m really liking it! I’ve heard great things and the story seems really interesting.

Uprooted_bookcover7. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Based on Rapunzel. This book has been getting lots of hype and I really want to know what the hype is all about! It seems like a very interesting retelling of Rapunzel.

8. Splintered by A.G HowardSplintered_bookcover
Based on Alice in Wonderland. This one, I feel, has also been getting lots of hype! I can’t wait to read this, I haven’t read many Alice in Wonderland retellings and this one seems great.

Crimson Bound_bookcover9. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Based on Little Red Riding Hood. I haven’t read many Red Riding Hood retellings, now that I think of it, and I really want to try this one out, especially after reading Cruel Beauty, also by this author. I have a feeling I’d really enjoy this book and I can’t wait to read it!

10. A Whole New World by Liz BraswellA Whole New World_bookcover
Based on Aladdin. This book sounds amazing! What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? What would happen then? Well, I guess this book delves into that! There aren’t enough Aladdin retellings, and this one seems great! Can’t wait to read it.

Honourable mentions: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz, Entwined by Heather Dixon, Spelled by Betsy Schow, Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, The Child Thief by Brom


That’s it for this week’s belated Top Ten Tuesday! Do we have any books in common? Have some retelling recommendations? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

Analee 10

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Book Tag

Hi! Today I have another tag, which I was tagged in by Casey @ Inspired by the Page & Raven @ Dreamy Addictions. Their blogs are great, and if you haven’t already, you must definitely check them out! So now, without further ado, The Secret Life of a Book Blogger book tag!

How long have you been a blogger?

I created my blog sometime in mid-February this year, but I’ve only been blogging for about 3 1/2 to 4 months. Does it show? XD

At what point do you think you will stop?

Never, if I have anything to do with it! Even though I’ve only been blogging for a while, blogging has become a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine not blogging. Maybe I might post less often, but I’d never completely stop! I have too many friends I’d lose if I stopped. 🙂

What is the best thing?

Interacting and making friends with other bloggers! I’ve made so many friends while blogging and that is the absolute best for sure! The WordPress blogging community is sooo welcoming, and bloggers always manage to put a smile on my face.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worst thing… I don’t know, to be honest. I mean, I don’t really have any worries right now about blogging. I guess I sometimes used to feel pressured to post. I can’t quite say what I did to make it okay… I guess I just dealt with it by finishing up several posts in one day and having them ready for the following days. I don’t schedule things often though anymore. But don’t worry, I’m over all that now. 🙂 The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy oneself!

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Depends. For book reviews, not long, as I simply go to Goodreads and upload the book cover to my post. Probably 5 minutes at the most. For awards, not that long either, pretty much as long as it takes for the book reviews, I just go to Google Images and search up the award banner. If I feel like including pictures to go alongside my facts or answers, it might take a bit longer though, maybe 10 or 15 minutes? For tags, wrap-ups, hauls and the like, it takes much longer, because I create the graphics (banners) for them myself. It takes a while to get the background right, the text, and everything. I can’t exactly say how long they take. Here’s some examples of graphics I made myself:

I have lots of fun creating them!

Who is your book crush?

Crush? As in, singular? Umm, you all know by now that’s not possible for me. So here are several:

  • Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Will from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Raffe from Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Daemon from Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Seth from Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Aiden from Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Roth from Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout (LOL, don’t question the numerous guys created by Jennifer Armentrout. She’s queen at these kind of stuff!) XD
  • Peter from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Wes from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  • Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Yes, I’m choosing two characters from the same series. Deal with it!)
  • Mal from The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Darkling from The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo (Don’t you dare question it)
  • Gideon from Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  • Noah from Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins
  • Logan from Defiance by C.J. Redwine
  • Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Kishan from Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
  • Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Update July 25th 2015: 

  • Percy from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Leo from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Alex from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Julian from Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I know I’m missing somebody… (even after, what, 20 people? LOL. I’m a very faithful and loyal person, I swear! Just not when it comes to book boyfriends. :P)

I’m getting carried away, aren’t I?

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Omg so many!!! Okay, for one, Sarah J. Maas for sure. And Cassandra Clare. And Jennifer Armentrout. And Kiera Cass. And Suzanne Collins. And John Green. And Leigh Bardugo. And Sarah Dessen. And Jenny Han. And Rainbow Rowell. And too many other to count. XD

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

My pyjamas! I love my PJs. I usually write my blog posts in the morning or in the evening, both times when I’m in my PJs.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Well, to write a book review in one sitting, it would usually take around an hour, to get it completely perfected and edited. For shorter books, like novella, it would take me around 3o minutes, I guess. I don’t usually do tags in one sitting, so it may take several days for me to complete a tag. It depends though, if it’s a tag where it’s simply questions (and not questions that requires you to choose a book for a specific topic), then I guess I can complete it in an hour, at the most.

For wrap-ups, hauls and monthly book releases, it takes much longer (which is why I usually work on them in parts and in advance) because I have to look back on all the posts I’ve done in the month, and the books I have bought and downloaded, or in the case of monthly book releases, look into books I’m interested in being released the following month (and then download the covers for said books, get the Goodreads link, the date they’re being released, organize them on my post, etc.).

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

They are fantastic! And I can honestly, sincerely say that. They’re basically my family and friends, without the annoying part. 😉 I feel so close to so many bloggers (basically with every one I’ve talked to), and the blogging community is simply great.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Well, I guess it depends on your definition of ‘success’. And I’m no expert, I’m technically a newbie blogger, but I’m just going to repeat a few that I listed a few days ago on the blogger recognition award:

  • Interact with other bloggers. Like, comment and follow. Not only does it bring others to your blog, you get to make new friends and find inspiration for blog posts.
  • Blog about something you enjoy. This is so important!
  • Have fun!

Who do you tag?

I’m not sure who did or didn’t do this tag, so if I tag you and you already did it, simply leave the link to it below or ignore. 🙂 Otherwise, I’ll be looking forward to your answers!


 

So that’s it for this tag! Have a great weekend (what’s left of it, anyway)!

Analee 10

 

Exploring My Bookshelves: June

Hi! It is the last Friday of June, which means a Exploring My Bookshelves post is in order! This is a weekly meme created by Victoria @ Addlepates & Book Nerds, adapted into a monthly meme here at Book Snacks following Summer, who originally came up with the monthly idea over at her blog, Xingsings. Make sure to check out both of these lovely blogs, for they are quite wonderful!

Anyway, on to it. The rules for this meme are the following:

1. Post a picture of your bookshelves (preferably literal, but e-book shelves work too)

2. Follow the theme/question about the books on your shelf that Victoria will have set out for us for that week. (Eg. favourite author, cover, etc.)

3. Include the cover and what you thought of it (if it’s read).

4. Link your post!


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EMB #8: a book you were gifted (June 5th)

I actually realised that I don’t really get actual books as gifts, I mostly get Indigo gift cards or something. But I do have a few books I was gifted, one of them being The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m planning to!

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EMB #9: a book you regret buying (June 12th)

My first answer for this would be Flash Point by Nancy Kress, but since I already used that book for another Exploring My Bookshelves post, I’m going to say Since Last Summer Summer by Joanna Philbin, sequel to Rules of Summer. It’s not that it was a bad book or anything, but I could’ve easily done with reading it from the library or something, instead of actually buying it.

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EMB #10: an author you can’t stop reading (June 19)

So many for this one! But I’ll go with three: Cassandra Clare, Jennifer Armentrout & Sarah J. Maas. I absolutely love all the books I’ve read from these authors!
Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices series is addicting, and I love both of them, especially the Infernal Devices.
I have yet to read Jennifer Armentrout’s New Adult books, but I love her Covenant series, her Lux series & Dark Elements series! They were all amazing. I also really loved her stand-alone novels, Don’t Look Back & her novel on Wattpad, The Dead List.
As for Sarah J. Maas, I love her Throne of Glass series & A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in a planned trilogy. The world-building is just great, and her writing is great!


There is technically supposed to be one other EMB post, as there is 4 Fridays in June, but as Victoria is on vacation, there is not another topic set.

So, that concludes this month’s Exploring My Bookshelves! Feel free to comment on the above topics or link your posts!

Happy reading!

-A

BFF Book Tag!

Hi! This tag is kind of to make up for the tag I missed this Sunday. Anyway, I was tagged to do this by CK @ CK’s Reading Corner, who happens to be the creator of this tag as well!  (Way to go, girl!) I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but never got around to it. This was a super fun tag, so here goes!

1Setting the Example: A pair/group of book bff’s that you love 

I’m going to have to say Harry, Ron & Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling! This trio has gone through so much, and they remained close through it all. Of course, they had their fights and problems, but they always work it out, and are forever loyal to eachother.

How could you not love them?

2. Childhood Bestie: Which book character would you have liked to grow up with

Penryn from Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee immediately comes to mind! She’s funny, smart, and brave, and completely loyal to her friends and family. She would’ve been an amazing person to grow up with!

Penryn & the End of Days series
You rock, Penryn! (Even though technically I’m saying that to the covers at the moment…)

3. Frenemy: Which book character would bring out your competitive side?

Hm. This is a hard one. I’m not that competitive, so I have no idea which character would bring out my competitive side, but I agree with CK’s pick: Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. She’s really competitive, and I think she would bring out my competitive side too. 🙂

Ready to fight, are you, Annabeth? (Better get your blond hair on, or I’m calling you a fake.) 😛

4. Fashion Guru: Who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid or would you want to go on a shopping spree with?

I’d love to raid the close of America from The Selection series by Kiera Cass! Not only does she have beautiful dresses, she also has jeans! Awesome fashion sense, here. (If you haven’t realized, I like jeans.)

I’ll be stopping by to pick up that top you’re wearing, ‘kay?

5. The Bad Influence: Which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with? (go skinny dipping, sneak into a movie, have a drag race with, etc.)

Margo from Paper Towns by John Green is the queen of rebellion! She is totally gutsy, and is definitely up for a challenge.

Ooh, looking fierce, are we?

6.Blood Brothers: Which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister? (You can do both if you want)

Penryn comes to mind again for this one, but this time I’m going to choose Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. After all, Feyre is all a person can ask for in a sister (even though her sisters in the book don’t realize it) and it would be great to have her as my surrogate sister! Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell would be great too.

As for a surrogate big brother, I’m going to choose Gale from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. After all, he does so much to help his family, and he would be a pretty cool surrogate brother!

7. Mother Hen: Which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?

I feel like Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han would be great to have on a bad day! She’s just such a fun, lively person, and I’m sure she would be able to cheer me up in no time.

Where’s your smile, Lara Jean? I’m going to need you to cheer me up!

8. The Counselor: Which character would you go to for relationship advice (or) confide a secret to?

To confide a secret to, I think Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare would be a great pick, because she’s really trustworthy! I suppose she would be okay for relationship advice too, but only if we’re judging from after The Infernal Devices ended. After all, she did have quite the amount of confusion between Jem and Will!

9. More than friends:Who would be your book bf/ gf (if you like both genders you can choose one of each, but only one choice per gender!)

Argh, such a hard question! I have so many, lol. I’d love to pick Raffe from Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee or Will from The Infernal Devices, but I’m going to choose Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. He’s just amazing, so how could I not? ❤

*Melts into a puddle*

10. Tag some Book Buddies!

I tag my next 10 followers:

Aaaaaaaand…. YOU!


Thanks again to CK for tagging me! This was a super fun tag! For the people who I tagged, of course, there’s no obligation to do it, but I would love to see your choices if you do. ❤

Happy tagging!

-A

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

(A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Published: May 5th 2015

Synopsis:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

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.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!


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My Rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)

Book Information

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children

Genre: Young-adult (verging on new-adult) fiction, fantasy, romance

Page Count: 416

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 1619634449


This book was used for the Popsugar challenge: A book by an author you love but have never read.

Hi! I recently (or not-so-recently, I can’t remember) finished reading this book, for #JuneAndRosesReadAlong (a June read along hosted by Josie’s Book Corner & Bibliophile Gathering). I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, so I’m so glad I finally got to read it! It definitely did not disappoint!

Quick Summary

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Thorns and Roses follows Feyre, a nineteen-year-old huntress who, one day, as a consequence of killing a wolf in the forest, is taken to Prythian, a dangerous, magical land, by a beast-like creature. Finding out soon enough that her captor was an immortal fae named Tamlin, Feyre finds that the icy feelings towards fae she once had had become into a fiery passion, even love. Now there is a much larger threat looming ahead of them, and if it isn’t contained and stopped, could destroy the faerie lands and the faes, forever. Can Feyre find a way to stop it?Read More »

That’s What HE Said Thursday #9 (June 04)

Hello there! For today’s That’s What He Said Thursday (a meme hosted by Chapter Break) I will be featuring a book boyfriend quote from the book I’m currently reading and loving, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (#JuneAndRosesReadAlong).

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

A Court of Thorns & Roses_bookcoverAwww, so cute!! What do you think of this quote? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Thursday!

-A

WWW Wednesday #9 (June 03)

Hi! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday, a meme formerly hosted @ Should Be Reading, now hosted @ Taking on a World of Words.

To play along, answer the questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (June read-along), Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomswood Forest by Keira Gillett & Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie.

Recently finished?

I’m still not sure what counts as ‘recently’ but I finished P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han a few days ago, and several days before that I also finished Jaded Little Lies by Christina Channelle, Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades, & Those Four Letter Words by Christina Channelle.

Read next?

I have a LOT of review copies to read, so I’ll be trying to get to those for sure. A few of them on the top of my list:

Then, of course there are books for my Popsugar challenge that I had planned to finish by this week (but didn’t, obviously):


So that’s it for this week’s WWW Wednesday! What are you reading/have read/will be reading? Let me know in the comments below or comment!\

Happy Wednesday!

-A

June Read Along: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to say that I will be joining the wonderful Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner and the lovely ladies Taylor & Stephanie @ Bibliophile Gathering in a June read-along of the book A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! (By the way, please go check out their blogs, they’re amazing!)

A Court of Thorns & Roses_bookcoverSo, details on this read-along:

The read-along begins in June, and everyone is welcome to join! To join, use the hashtag #JuneandRosesReadAlong on your blogs or social media. (Ex. Twitter or Instagram.) Josie will be posting an announcement when the read-along officially starts, so look out for that! I’ll also be posting a similar announcement.

Comment below, or on Josie and Stephanie & Taylor’s blog if you want to join in! I’m super excited for this read-along, and I hope you join too! ❤

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

-A

P.S Featured image credit goes to Josie.

Mini May Book Haul

I usually post a huge book haul post at the end of each month, but as I just got some awesome new books yesterday, I decided to show them off! 😉 The camera on my iPod is glitching right now, so I won’t be able to post original pictures of the books, unfortunately! I’ll have to make do with the covers off Goodreads.

So, the books I got:

Book titles (linking to Goodreads):

I’m so excited to finally have purchased this stunning book! ❤ I’m already halfway through it (#ReadingInClass) and it’s amazing so far!

I’m loving her Love, Rosie book so far, so I had to buy this book! Plus, that cover though! So fun, with bright colors. My kind of thing!

Same reason as P.S I Love You! I also heard several good things about this book.

I’ve heard so much hype surrounding this book, and I’m dying to read it!

I don’t think I need to explain this one! There’s been so much hype around this, and so many great reviews! Can’t wait to read it.

I had no idea Kody Keplinger wrote a companion novel to The DUFF! The minute I saw it, I knew I had to buy it! (*Check out my review on The DUFF here.)

Do I have to explain this one? I’m super excited to read this, I know it’s been a while since it’s been released, but I just haven’t had the chance to read it! 🙂


So that’s it for my mini book haul! Keep your eyes out for my bigger haul I will be posting at the end of this month. 🙂

What books have you recently hauled? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

Happy hauling!

-A