Me Before You

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Series: Me Before You # 1

Publication: December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Pages: 409

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


My Thoughts:

Although I adored Me Before You, it also illustrates the dangers of an over-hyped book. All I have heard for the past few months is how Me Before You is a sob story, a heart-breaking and gut-wrenching love story about a quirky young woman and a man who has lost his will to live after a terrible accident. And while the novel delivered on the quirkiness of Lou and the dreadfull Will, I found it to be sorely lacking in the romance and sobbing department. Well, there is one part where I cried – but it’s not what you’re thinking. I cried when Lou went back to the maze for the first time, and that was it.

See, the problem here is a simple one: the book is marketed as a romance but, in reality, that is not what it is at all. The romance is miniscule and barely there. The first inklings of it don’t appear until near the very end. I did not like Me Before You because it was a heart-felt romance. Nor did I like it because it handles the delicate topic of assisted suicide with poise and grace. No, I fell in love with Me Before You for one very singular reason – Louisa Clark.

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Snippet Sunday

IT’S SNIPPET SUNDAY TIME! Yahoooo!

Snippet Sunday

How to participate in Snippet Sunday:

  • You share a snippet of your current work in progress or whatever else you are working on. A scene, dialogue, a whole chapter, a poem – anything goes. 
  • Link your Snippet Sunday back here, and we can watch the world burn in our amazingness together
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Queen of Shadows

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass # 4

Publication: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 648

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


My Thoughts:

HOLY BATCRAP ROBIN! Ahhh! All the feels, this book has all the damn feels. It was so amazing.. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing this book is. Queen of Shadows is a particular kind of masterpiece where everything goes to hell and simultaneously everything finally seems to be alright. Queen of Shadows delves deeper into the lives of our new characters from Heir of Fire, it illustrates harrowing escapes and dangerous plans, we get to see just how badass and amazing Celaena – or Aelin – can be, and so much more.

My brain has literally exploded from all the amazingness this book contains. Filled with far fetched schemes and plots that somehow make perfect sense, hilarious territorial male Fae bullshit (and just hilarious male Fae), brutal fights and brawls that make everything else look like child’s play, and swoonworthy moments that make you melt out of your skin. Queen of Shadows is both the perfect installment for the series to move it forward and the perfect mix of happiness and despair. It will kill you slowly while also lifting your spirits. It will make you scream and cry while also making you weep with joy, join in the battle cry, and laughing at Rowan and Aeidon’s antics.

Let’s just say this, our fire-breathing-bitch-queen is back in full force and I couldn’t be happier. While Heir of Fire was Aelin’s heartbreaking journey of rediscovery and redemption in her own eyes, Queen of Shadows is a window into just how powerful and determined she can be. Aelin, Celaena, is unstoppable. She is unrelenting, yet she is kind and willing to make sacrifices for the greater good. She is willing to forget her need for revenge to give someone she cares about what they need. She is selfless, yet she is also, undeniably, Celaena. Celaena who loves music, books, pretty things. Celaena who knows how to torture, how to cause the most pain, how to keep someone alive, how to maim and kill without breaking a sweat. Celaena who just wants to go home and be free. You’ve known this from the start, but Aelin is my absolute favorite. She is everything to me, my favorite heroine and all that – I don’t know what it is about her but she has a very, very special place in my heart.

Speaking of characters…. Aelin’s Court! Oh my goodness I do not know what to do with myself. Rowan is amazing. I’ve loved him from day one, too. I mean… it’s Rowan: territorial, badass, ancient, powerful, Fae, and completely devoted to Aelin Rowan. I am glad to say my ship has fucking sailed, and I will leave it at that.

“You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breath—as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

We also have Lysandra, and yes folks, she’ back and she’s fucking amazing. If you’ve read The Assassin’s Blade, you know who she is and why Celaena hates her. In Queen of Shadows, there is an amazing bond formed. Celaena has needed a female friend since Crown of Midnight – and Lysandra becomes just that. Also, I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT. It made me so damn happy, so, so damn happy. If you’ve read it, you know exactly what I am talking about. Not only did Aelin give her friend what she needed, I CAN’T BELIEVE LYSANDRA FUCKING DID WHAT SHE DID AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

“You and I are nothing but wild beasts wearing human skins.”

Then we have Aedion, precious Aedion who needs a great big hug. I love him, I really do. Aelin’s cousin and eternal body guard, just… awww! I thought he was adorable, albeit a bit scary at times. I also think he is hilarious – I mean, especially when he was getting into some sort of verbal pissing contest with Rowan. Aedion was amazing. All of the characters are amazing in their own way, but he’s a special little cinnamon roll. The moment when he sees Aelin again for the first time, when they are finally reunited was so heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.

“Whatever you had to do to survive, whatever you did from spite or rage or selfishness … I don’t give a damn. You’re here—and you’re perfect. You always were, and you always will be.”

Overall, Queen of Shadows has to be my favorite book in the series yet. There is little bit of everything: political intrigue, subterfuge, brutality, romance, friendship, family, forgiveness, revenge and vengeance, all of it. Queen of Shadows is a wild adventure – it is an adventure I will never forget. Queen of Shadows is about finally taking your place, about accepting who you are and using it to your advantage. It is about finding your home, loving your family, and protecting those you care about. It is about love, loss, and redemption. It is everything.

“She was fury, she was wrath, she was vengeance.”


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Heir of Fire

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Title: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass # 3

Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 562

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Timesbestselling Crown of Midnight.


My Thoughts:

There is  no possible way for me to review this book, this series – even. That is a statement that will appear again and again as I move forward. Heir of Fire introduces us to new characters, though our beloved Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena are still right in the thick of things, leaving chaos in their wake (and I love it). We are also introduced to a slew of new characters, who – throughout the course of the novel – have also wedged themselves deeply within my heart. Rowan, Aedion, and Manon are welcome additions to our crew of misfits. Heir of Fire is everything. It is everything a book should be and even then it is so much more.

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week’s Waiting On Wednesday is Never Ever by Sara Saedi!

Publication: June 21st 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Summary from Goodreads:

Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight.

Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books and A Beat

This week’s Teaser Tuesday is for Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas!

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

“I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don’t care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.”

“You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you’ve committed. And I know this because I’ve been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years.”

“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster – but light, light to drive out darkness.”

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How to Disappear

Title: How to Disappear

Author: Ann Redisch Stampler

Series: Standalone

Publication:  June 14th 2016 by Simon Pulse

Pages: 416

Source: Edelweiss

Summary from Goodreads:

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.


My Thoughts: 

Usually when you’re reading a really good book, you can’t put it down and it consumes you (as it is with anything written by Sarah J. Maas). However, How to Disappear has done something different – it was so good I had to put it down and walk away for fear of exploding. How to Disappear is no ordinary story, and it sure as hell is no ordinary teen thriller. It is dark, gritty, and packages vibrant characters, engaging action, and an unbelievable web of secrets and lies with a dark little bow. How to Disappear is one of those special cases where each and every event outdoes the events before it, and so on. It is twisted, dark, dangerous, and amazing.

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