Learning to Swear in America

Title: Learning to Swear in America

Author: Kaite Kennedy

Series: Standalone

Publication: July 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 352

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.


My Thoughts:

Today, I’m going to do something a little different again. Instead of going paragraph by paragraph, I’m going to make a list of likes and dislikes (because I can, that’s why).

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We Own the Night

Title: We Own the Night

Author: Ashley Poston

Series: Radio Hearts # 2

Publication: June 28th 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark

Pages: 250

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay “Niteowl” by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock ‘n roll and a hard place. She can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can’t abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, or her best friend Micah–who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn’t timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She’s the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy’s manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular– Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she’s in love with Micah or anything. Cause she’s not.

As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.


My Thoughts:

D’AWWWW! That’s what this was. We Own the Night is cute, sweet, and short. It is a delightful, heartfelt little romance that is perfect for kicking off the real start of summer. It is heartwarming, funny, surprisingly surprising (see what I did there?), and overall just a wonderful read. I’m in love.

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A Court of Mist and Fury

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses # 2

Publication:  May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 640

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


My Thoughts:

My brain has officially imploded due to the sheer force of all the feels. I do not know what to say. I am in an extreme state of emotional turmoil and I can’t even function right now – much less write a coherent review. I thought A Court of Thorns and Roses was spectacularly brutal, yet I cannot begin to comprehend the enormity of what is running through my veins. A Court of Mist and Fury has blown its predecessor out of the water and right out into outer space, maybe even into another galaxy. I don’t know whether to scream in anguish, dance around with joy, and or melt into a puddle of molten feeling. Perhaps all three.

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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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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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Crown of Midnight

But he had no idea what sort of darkness lurked inside her, or what sort of monster she was willing to become in order to make things right.

Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass # 2

Publication: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 418

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


My Thoughts:

There are no words for what I am feeling right now. Even though I’ve read Crown of Midnight before, it was a long time ago – and this book was a solid punch to the gut in the best of ways. Maas has crafted yet another masterpiece, as are the following books in the series – I am sure. Crown of Midnight is just as epic as its predecessor, if not more so now that Celaena is off her leash and allowed to do some real damage. This is the kind of book that makes you dread turning the page because you have no idea what is going to happen next. This is the kind of book that rips your heart out through your throat while you just sit there and take it. Crown of Midnight is a complex, spiraling web of betrayal, lies, badassery, romance, and so, so much more.

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