Top 10 of 2015 | Best Book Boyfriends

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It’s Christmas Eve! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a list of hot, fictional boys? I know what (or should I say who) I’m wishing for under the tree tomorrow…

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All of my boyfriends on this list came into my life in 2015 when their books were released. They’ve endured through to the end of this year, beating out many possible competitors, for the very special place in my fangirl heart. Oh, and I can’t seem to find words to express my love for these men, therefore I’ve resorted to gifs. 

Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

Arin from The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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Top 10 of 2015 | Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

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I found out about this week-long event in late November, and I knew I just had to participate. It seemed to me like the perfect way to wrap up my year in books, and highlight my favorites. It’s hosted by a group of book bloggers and you can find out all about on Rachel’s blog here.

Day 1’s topic is “The Best Books I’ve Read in 2015.” It just so happened that I read 10 books this year that I rated a full 5 out of 5 stars. So, here are the lucky books that won my love in 2015!

  1. Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
  2. Volition by Lily Paradis
  3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  4. Girl Underwater by Claire Kells
  5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  6. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  7. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
  9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

All of the titles link to my reviews, so you can read why I thought these books were the best of the best!

What are your favorite books you read in 2015?

xo

Mini[ish] Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: August 13th, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass, #2 | Throne of Glass
Pages: 418
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Genre(s): High Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads:

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt but her heart never wavers

Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance—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 decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie … and whom she is willing to fight for.

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I’ve put off writing this review, which I am quite mad at myself for because after reading Crown of Midnight I had SO MANY FEELS. I guess that was part of the reason why I didn’t write my review straight away, but still, an incoherent review is better than one with very little words. Oh well…

Crown of Midnight totally lived up to my expectations after reading Throne of Glass. I picked it up because (not going to lie here) I was in need of some Chaol in my life. Once I delved into the book and really got immersed in the story and world again, I was in it for much more than the swoony guy.

Where Throne of Glass was mainly action and Celaena being a complete badass, Crown of Midnight was all that PLUS more magic and fantasy aspects that just make it that much better. There were so many twists and turns in the plot, and as I mentioned before, parts that made me FEEL ALL THE FEELS. Well, pretty much every bit of Crown of Midnight made me feel it all, but you get what I’m saying.

There’s lots of depth to the story, great relationships, friendships, and amazing fantasy aspects. The ending was a killer. (Again with the feels…) I wanted to run out and get Heir of Fire the minute I finished this one.

Basically, if you enjoyed Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight is a must read. While there is something I can’t quite pinpoint that made me knock off a half a star, I believe Crown of Midnight deserves a very high 4.5 rating. It’s a sequel that will not disappoint those who adored Throne of Glass!

xo

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Pages: 404
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
Genre(s): High Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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I FINALLY READ THIS BOOK! AND IT WAS AMAZING! AND BADASS!

I don’t even know where to begin, because I can’t pinpoint one thing that I didn’t like in Throne of Glass. To everyone that has been recommending this book to me for years: you win. I am in love with this book, and I could. not. put. it. down. I know I sometimes say that a lot, but when I was reading Throne of Glass, I actually didn’t put it down. My mom can confirm that, as she was constantly telling me to stop reading and clean my room.

I’ll start with these awesome characters. Celaena is the epitome of kick-butt, won’t take anyone’s crap kind of girl. She’s brave and strong, oh and AN ASSASSIN, but Sarah J. Maas doesn’t write her to be some killing machine — she’s so human and I loved that. You really feel for her, and you definitely root for her from page one. She’s just one of those characters that you can’t help but adore!

You really see the humanity within her when you see her relationships develop with the other characters in the book: Nehemia, Chaol, Dorian and Nox. Nehemia is another kick-butt character, but not in the physical way like Celaena. She’s clever and quick with her words, and I loved the snarky girl that spoke her mind, much like Celaena did, too. The two of them together is quite a pair! Then there are the love interests. Yes, there is a love triangle, and YES I DON’T CARE. From the beginning I labelled myself as a Chaol girl because I mean, how could you not? He’s a guard and he’s handsome and he is skeptical of Celaena. But then Dorian enters the picture and he’s arrogant but when you read the book I think you’ll understand that Dorian definitely makes choosing one of these men very difficult. And both relationships are filled with something I love dearly: BANTER.

I’m not going to lie, the romance was one of my favorite parts of the book. But, the fantasy aspects and worldbuilding was also wonderful. Although we don’t get too much of it until the very end, it’s easy to see that Sarah J. Maas has created an intricate world that I am eager to revisit in the next book, Crown of Midnight!

Overall, Throne of Glass was just the fantasy I needed, living up to all of the hype and expectations surrounding it and the series. I cannot wait to continue reading about this amazing world and incredible characters!

xo

Top Ten YA Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


Top Ten YA Fantasy Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

I am a self-proclaimed fantasy addict, but these books that I have yet to read put me to shame!

    

1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore | 2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien | 3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | 4. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan | 5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve had Graceling on my shelf FOREVER which makes it even more shameful that I haven’t read it. The Hobbit, I found to be really boring when I started it the first time, but maybe I’ll give it a go sometime in the future. DoSaB looks amazing, but I’ve heard the writing is a bit strange, so I know I have to be in the right mood. The Percy Jackson series I’ve just never really had an interest in, to be honest. And Throne of Glass I mentioned in my last WiR post that I’ll be reading next!!!

     

6. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson | 7. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch | 8. Eon by Alison Goodman | 9. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken | 10. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Mistborn and all things Brandon Sanderson has just come to my attention late last year. Snow Like Ashes got rave reviews when it first came out and it looks like something I’d LOVE. Eon has been on my TBR for a while but its size is a little intimidating. It’s a duology, though, which we don’t see all the time in the fantasy genre. I bought Brightly Woven a couple of years ago when I got to meet Alexandra Bracken, and I loved The Darkest Minds so much I’m excited to see how she does fantasy! Lastly, there’s Falling Kingdoms which I’ve also heard pretty good things about, but that cover! So BA!

Those are some fantasy books I can’t believe I haven’t read yet! What about you?

xo