Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)Date Published: June 17, 2014

Published By: Henry Holt and Co

Pages: 422

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 6/2/18-6/9/18

Rating: 4-star-rating




Synopsis: The final book in the Grisha Trilogy. I have reviews for book one here and book two here!


My Thoughts: I did it! I finally finished this trilogy. This was my favorite book of the three for sure. I put off reading this one because book two was slightly boring up until the last like 30 pages. However, this book kept my interest the entire time. I love Alina as a character. I also really like the Darkling. I was never a huge fan of Mal. I never got the obsession between him and Alina. I do think that things had a good ending though. Things wrapped up nicely for all of the characters. I am realyl excited for King of Scars to come out because it is following Nikolai and he was my favorite character in this trilogy.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)Date Published: March 6, 2018

Published By: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Pages: 525

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read:5/30/18-5/31/18

Rating: 5-star-rating





Goodreads SynopsisThey killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. 



My Thoughts: This book was INCREDIBLE! I completely inhaled this book. I put off reading this for so long because the hype around it was so intense and everyone was saying how amazing it was. I didn’t want the hype to get in the way of my own thoughts of the book. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT AT ALL!!! I can’t rave about this book enough. The characters were all so fleshed out. The world building was insane. The setting description was so beautiful. The magic system in this was so unique. I can not wait to see what happens in the sequel because this book is now one of my top favorite books of all time. If you haven’t read this yet…..what are you doing? Go pick it up and read it now. It’s so worth it. I actually did a reading vlog for this that will be up on my YouTube channel sometime soon as well so I will link that here once that is up!

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake


Beyond a Darkened ShoreDate Published: April 10, 2018

Published By: HarperTeen

Pages: 435

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 5/16/18-5/28/18

Rating: 3-star-rating




Goodreads SynopsisThe ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. 

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world. 

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world. 

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.



My Thoughts: This was quite a let down for me. I had really high hopes going into this because the synopsis just sounded amazing. It has an Irish setting and theres a group of people based on the vikings. It just could have been done so well and it just wasn’t. I don’t think that there was nearly enough character development. I don’t think that the world and settings were described very well. I did like the hate to love relationship in this. The mythology was just okay. I wish that it had been executed a lot better than it was. Overall, it was just okay.


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas


A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)Date Published: May 1, 2018

Published By: Bloomsbury YA

Pages: 229

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read: 5/11/18-5/23/18

Rating: 4-12-star-rating




Synopsis: This is the novella bridging the original trilogy to the new trilogy. DO NOT READ this is if you have not read the original trilogy because this is chalk full of spoilers for the third book!


My Thoughts: Honestly, not a whole lot happened in this. And to be honest, I don’t even care. I love these characters so much that I will gladly read anything they are in. There was a TON of smut in this book. Like, A TON! Especially with this being so short. I loved the little sneak peek we got of the next book because it’s going to be following Cassian and Nesta and that excites me so much. I can’t wait for it to come out. Also, the last chapter in this has me so excited! If you’ve read it, you know exactly what I’m talking about and I’m sure you share in my excitement. If you do PLEASE tell me in the comments so we can fangirl together!



Giant Days Volumes 2-7 by John Allison


Giant Days, Vol. 2 (Giant Days, #2) Giant Days, Vol. 3 (Giant Days #3) Giant Days, Vol. 4 (Giant Days, #4) Giant Days, Vol. 5 (Giant Days, #5) Giant Days, Vol. 6 (Giant Days #6) Giant Days, Vol. 7 (Giant Days, #7)

        P: 4/12/16              P:10/11/16       P: 3/14/17      P:6/20/17        P:10/24/17    P: 3/27/18
R: 5/25/18            R: 5/30/18       R:5/30/18        R: 6/2/18         R: 6/5/18       R: 6/8/18



Rating for all issues: 4-star-rating

My Thoughts: These graphic novels are such light and fun reads. There really isn’t a plot. You are just following these three girls as they navigate college. It’s hilarious and whitty and I love every second of it. I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to continue reading these after I read the first one and I am so glad that I gave them a second chance.


From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking



From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie #2)Date Published: April 24, 2018

Published By: Wednesday Books

Pages: 336

Edition Read: paperback

Dates Read: 5/4/18-5/20/18

Rating: 4-star-rating





Synopsis: This is the second and final book in the Valkyrie duology. I read and reviewed the first book earlier this year. You can find that review here!


My Thoughts: As you know, if you have been following my blog since the start that Amanda Hocking is one of my favorite authors. I absolutely loved the first book in this duology and this book was no different. I love Malin and the rest of the characters in here so much. I feel like there was really good character growth in this book from the first one. The plot was so interesting. I was crying at one point. This book was just so good. I am sad that this was the end of the story for these characters. Things did end pretty nicely so thats good. None of my babies died which made me very happy. I highly recommend this duology!

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine


The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Date Published: February 16, 2016

Published By: Balzer & Bray

Pages: 387

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 5/6/18-5/7/18

Rating: 3-star-rating





Goodreads SynopsisLorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.



My Thoughts: I didn’t know what to expect going into this other than I knew it was a snow white retelling. I love me a good retelling so I had some high hopes going into this that it would be good. It was okay, however, it was as good as I was hoping it would be. You could definitely tell that it was a snow white retelling. I did like the main character. I feel like the queen wasn’t all that well developed. She lacked some depth in my opinion. I really liked Kol. I thought he was a good character and he was flushed out decently. The story overall was pretty good. I liked the magic system in the book. I do plan on reading the companion novels that are set in the same world.