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Features, Top Ten Tuesday / December 31, 2015

What a great year it’s been for reading! I didn’t quite finish my ambitious challenge of 75 books this year, but this is due to me taking a very long time to read one of the series on this list (well worth the time spent). To see the rest of the books I read this year, see my Goodreads Challenge. read more

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By: Daphne
Top Ten Tuesday / June 30, 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but it’s always been my tradition to mark my top ten books of the year so far! This time it has been relatively easy picking my top list. I read lots of enjoyable 4 stars, but not many 5 stars. Without further ado, here is my list!
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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / May 8, 2015
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date: May 2015
432 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

This book was everything I’ve been waiting for from Sarah J. Maas. I’m a fan of the Throne of Glass series, but this made me light-headed, blurt ‘you have to read this’ to everyone I know, and deliciously excited for the sequel. And that’s only a small glimpse of what A Court of Thorns and Roses has done to me. I loved it. Hands down, the BEST new adult book I’ve ever read and my favourite of Maas’ work (to date—I fully expect to be blown away by the next two books in this trilogy). read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / July 9, 2014
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date: August 2013
418 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.

Crown of Midnight was an epic read in all respects. What I loved about the first book was all here and MORE. There was more world building, more character development, more magic, more surprises, and just generally more awesome. For a high fantasy lover like me, this wasn’t the fantasy-light of Throne of Glass and I loved it for that. read more

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By: Daphne
Waiting on Wednesday / July 31, 2013

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we feature a book we are looking forward to being released!
 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
by Sarah J. Maas

29 August 2013

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]A[/bra_dropcaps]fter a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes. read more

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By: Daphne