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Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 304 pages.

An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson

Not much to report yet  ,so far so good 

Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 377 pages.

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

I must admit I watched the movie a few years ago while it was not the best I know of some of the stuff happening in the first book .

 

Reading progress update: I've read 209 out of 512 pages.

Daughters Of The Storm -  Kim Wilkins

Blog Tour: Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard by Vance Huxley with Excerpt and Giveaway

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The world is falling apart. Terrorists spark a worldwide oil and gas crisis while imports grind to a halt. Europe and Britain are erupting into chaos as food runs out and desperate people take matters into their own hands.   As the government begins to seal off rioting parts of the city, Corporal Harry Miller takes an offered discharge to get his sister and her kids to safety. But he’s not fast enough. Trapped in the city with a rag-tag collection of ordinary citizens, Harry struggles to create a small pocket of stability - a place to ride out the coming confrontation between rioters and the Army, and save themselves from complete annihilation.

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The meal was bangers and mash with gravy and bloody wonderful. Hot cooked food, real English food and exactly what the men wanted. The meal was served by half a dozen women who Harry had assumed were kitchen staff. Two were definitely waitresses, their expertise in handling the dishes and plates was clear. The others had smocks but theirs were pale blue unlike the kitchen staff. After finishing his meal Harry went to find out who they were, because he knew some bloody officer would give him grief sooner or later if they weren’t cooks. The four in question were missing. “Who’s in charge and where are the rest of the kitchen staff?” The portly man with the hat spoke up. “I’m the assistant cook, Cullen. This is all the kitchen staff.” “Plus those two waitresses and then there were at least four others. Don’t piss me about, Cullen, because I’m the reasonable sort. Some officer or sergeant will be a lot more bloody annoyed and then give me crap as well. So who are they?” Cullen’s eyes went round the kitchen while he worked on an answer. “Cleaning staff sir. They daren’t go home.” Harry turned to the young woman, one of the waitresses. “Why not? The riot is over. Is that why you and her have stayed? The rioting?” Harry realised that he was tired and probably sounded angry when the woman flinched back. He gentled his tone a bit. “Who are you?” “Janina, sir. We’re all frightened to go home. Some of us have been here three days now, expecting the place to be wrecked. Then you all turned up. Is the army here to rescue us all?” Harry stared. Rescue them? “We’ve just landed at Heathrow and there was a riot, so we were told to stop it. Nobody said anything about rescues. Why can’t you go home?” The young woman looked embarrassed. “It’s the rioters sir. They go back to the estates at first light, but, well, they’re still there. Some of them look out for women. They caught Lucja on her way in on Wednesday, sir. The manager took her to the hospital but we haven’t been home since.” “What about the others? The ones who left?” Cullen spoke up at last. “They are the ones with houses or flats in the better areas, the ones that only get rioters at night. Most of them have got families. We’re the ones who live in digs or on the estates.” He sighed. “The manager didn’t come back after taking Lucja.” Harry sighed as well. He’d been totally stuffed. “How many are actually kitchen staff?” There was a lot of hesitation and then people started shuffling about. Six kitchen staff and four not, plus the missing four. The orders were to send them home, but Harry just couldn’t do it. Not after what the lass, Janina, had said. “Can you manage to feed us with six if the place fills up?” “Not really. I’m a trainee cook, though we’re called assistants. None of the real experts are left. We can cook basic food but with six?” Cullen shrugged. Harry looked at the worried faces and sighed again. He would get so much crap if anyone found out. “Can you manage with fourteen, if they peel spuds or whatever?” Tentative smiles appeared on four faces, two of each sex. “Go and bring the other four in for God’s sake. They’ll be worrying.” “They can hear, sir.” “Stop the sir. Anyone with stripes is in charge of those with nothing, but isn’t a sir. The ones with fancy badges are in charge of us and are all sirs.” There was a scuffling and a big cupboard opened to show four apprehensive faces. “Come out here. Can you help this lot to cook?” “Yes sir.” That smile was three parts relief and two parts cheeky, and all five parts were very pretty. “I’m Cynthia, sometimes known as Cyn, and I can make cheese on toast.” Harry laughed, he had to. “Good. If you can cook porridge as well it sounds as if you’re on breakfast duty.” Harry looked round them. “The army will want three meals a day, and possibly something for those on duty at night, so organise yourselves. If you are all sorted by the time anyone else asks, they won’t bother to mess you about. You’d better show me which are the staff rooms so I can make them off limits.” Harry looked round. “Do you all live in?” There was a lot of feet shuffling and glances one to another. “There aren’t any staff quarters. Some of us have been staying but we’re supposed to go home after shifts.” Cullen looked defensive. “If we go home we might not get back.” “Only the manager lives in. Lived in because he left. He’s got a flat and there’s two bedrooms in there.” Cynthia smiled. “We know because we have to clean them as well.” Harry made a quick decision. The officers wanted staff, and this way there would be cooks here twenty‐four seven. “Are there settees in there, or maybe room for a mattress on the floor? If not you need to take over the nearest room and make it look like a staff bedroom.” Harry smiled. “Throw out the flower vases and posh soap and hang up some undies in the bathroom.” There was a mixed response to that. “What’s wrong?” “Most of us haven’t got any more clothes so we sleep in separate rooms. We’ve been washing clothes out at night, but if we’re all living together?” Cullen looked around. “Your soldiers might like the idea of seeing them running around while their undies are hung up to dry, but I doubt they’ll return the interest.” He patted his large, round stomach. “I doubt they’ll appreciate this either. Not exactly the body beautiful.” Cullen was trying to make light of it and some were smiling but some were still very worried. “The manager’s family must have left clothes, and what about the last guests? Those we told to leave didn’t all take suitcases.” Most of the faces looked happier but one went scarlet. Cullen glanced at her but spoke to Harry. “Some of our customers don’t have suitcases. They only rent for a few hours and don’t leave together.” Harry looked at the red‐faced one. “On the game?” “Yes.” It was a whisper. “Do I have to leave? I’m in here because none of us are walking the streets now. Those bastards don’t care why you’re out there, and they don’t pay either.” “Don’t look for business in here. This lot are fresh back from Kuwait and you’ll start a bloody riot. Then some officer will throw you out. Now all get into the proper uniforms and raid the rooms for whatever you need.” There was still some hesitation. “What now?” “Martial Law. We can be shot for looting.” “Requisitioned for army use, just don’t list exactly what clothing you take.” Harry caught the sparkle in Cynthia’s eyes. “Especially you, I reckon.” He hesitated. “Sort out the uniforms, tunics, whatever, and I’ll get a couple of sensible blokes to stop anyone else asking difficult questions.”

Vance Huxley lives out in the countryside in Lincolnshire, England. He has spent a busy life working in many different fields – including the building and rail industries, as a workshop manager, trouble‐shooter for an engineering firm, accountancy, cafe proprietor, and graphic artist. He also spent time in other jobs, and is proud of never being dismissed, and only once made redundant. Eventually he found his Noeline, but unfortunately she died much too young. To help with the aftermath, Vance tried writing though without any real structure. As an editor and beta readers explained the difference between words and books, he tried again. Now he tries to type as often as possible in spite of the assistance of his cats, since his legs no longer work well enough to allow anything more strenuous. An avid reader of sci‐fi, fantasy and adventure novels, his writing tends towards those genres.

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Blog Tour: Subhuman Unit 51 by Michael McBride with Excerpt and Giveaway

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THEY ARE NOT HUMAN. At a research station in Antarctica, five of the world’s top scientists have been brought together to solve one of the greatest mysteries in human history. Their subject, however, is anything but human . . .   THEY ARE NOT NATURAL. Deep beneath the ice, the submerged ruins of a lost civilization hold the key to the strange mutations that each scientist has encountered across the globe: A misshapen skull in Russia. The grotesque carvings of a lost race in Peru. The mummified remains of a humanoid monstrosity in Egypt . . .   THEY ARE NOT FRIENDLY. When a series of sound waves trigger the ancient organisms, a new kind of evolution begins. Latching onto a human host—crossbreeding with human DNA—a long-extinct life form is reborn. Its kind has not walked the earth for thousands of years. Its instincts are fiercer, more savage, than any predator alive. And its prey are the scientists who unleashed it, the humans who spawned it, and the tender living flesh on which it feeds . . .   Praise for Michael McBride “A fast-paced and frightening ride. Highly recommended for fans of creature horror and the thrillers of Michael Crichton.”—The Horror Review on PREDATORY INSTINCT   “McBride writes with the perfect mixture of suspense and horror that keeps the reader on edge.” —Examiner

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1: RICHARDS Queen Maud Land, Antarctica Modern day: January 13—8 months ago

The wind howled and assaulted the command trailer with snow that sounded more like sleet against the steel siding. What little Hollis Richards could see through the frost fractals on the window roiled with flakes that shifted direction with each violent gust. The Cessna ski plane that brought him here from McMurdo Station was somewhere out there beyond the veritable armada of red Kress transport vehicles and Delta heavy haulers, each of them the size of a Winnebago with wheels as tall as a full-grown man. The single-prop plane had barely reached the camp before being overtaken by the storm, which the pilot had tried to use as an excuse not to fly. At least until Richards made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. There was no way that he was going to wait so much as a single minute longer. It had taken four days, operating around the clock, for the hot-water drill to bore through two miles of solid ice to reach a lake roughly the size of the Puget Sound, which had been sealed off from the outside world for an estimated quarter of a million years. They only had another twelve hours before the hole closed on them again, so they didn’t have a second to waste. They needed to evaluate all of the water samples and sediment cores before they lost the ability to replenish them. It wasn’t the cost that made the logistics of the operation so prohibitive. The problem was transporting tens of thousands of gallons of purified water across an entire continent during what passed for summer in Antarctica. They couldn’t just fire antifreeze into the ice cap and risk contaminating the entire site, like the Russians did with Lake Vostok. Richards pulled up a chair beside Dr. Max Friden, who worked his magic on the scanning electron microscope and made a blurry image appear on the monitor between them. The microbiologist tweaked the focus until the magnified sample of the sediment became clear. The contrast appeared in shades of gray and at first reminded Richards of the surface of the moon. “Tell me you see something,” Richards said. His voice positively trembled with excitement. “If there’s anything here, I’ll find it.” The microscope crept slowly across the slide. “Well, well, well. What do we have here?” Friden said. Richards leaned closer to the monitor, but nothing jumped out at him. “Right there.” Friden tapped the screen with his index finger. “Give me a second. Let me see if I can . . . zoom . . . in . . .” The image momentarily blurred before resolving once more. “There.” Richards leaned onto his elbows and stared at what looked like a gob of spit stuck to the bark of a birch tree. “Pretty freaking amazing, right?” Friden said. “What is it?” “That, my friend, is the execution of the bonus clause in my contract.” The microbiologist leaned back and laced his fingers behind his head. “What you’re looking at is a bacterium. A living, breathing microscopic creature. Well, it really isn’t, either. We killed it when we prepared the slide and it’s a single- celled organism, so it can’t really breathe, but you get the gist.” “What kind?” “No one knows exactly how many species of bacteria there are, but our best estimate suggests a minimum of 36,000 . . .” Richards smiled patiently. He might have been the spitting image of his father, from his piercing blue eyes to his thick white hair and goatee, but fortunately that was all he’d inherited from his old man. He could thank his mother—God rest her soul—for his temperament. Friden pushed his glasses higher on his slender nose. The thick lenses magnified his brown eyes. “I don’t know,” the microbiologist said. “I haven’t seen anything quite like it before.” Richards beamed and clapped him on the shoulder. “That’s exactly what I wanted to hear. Now find me something I can work with.” Richards’s handheld transceiver crackled. He snatched it from the edge of the desk and already had one arm in his jacket when he spoke into it. “Talk to me.” “We have eyes,” the man on the other end of the connection said. Richards’s heart leapt into his throat, rendering him momentarily speechless. “Don’t go any farther until I get there.” He popped the seal on the door and clattered down the steps into the accumulation. The raging wind battered him sideways. He pulled up his fur-fringed hood, lowered his head, and staggered blindly toward the adjacent big red trailer, which didn’t appear from the blowing snow until it was within arm’s reach. The door opened as he ascended the icy stairs. “You’ve got to see this,” Will Connor said, and practically dragged him into the cabin. The former Navy SEAL was more than his personal assistant. He was his right-hand man, his bodyguard, and, most important, the only person in the world he trusted implicitly. The truth was he was also the closest thing Richards had to a friend. The entire trailer was filled with monitors and electronic components fed by an external gas generator, which made the floor vibrate and provided a constant background thrum. The interior smelled of stale coffee, body odor, and an earthy dampness that brought to mind memories of the root cellar at his childhood home in Kansas, even the most fleeting memories of which required swift and forceful repression. Connor pulled back a chair at the console for Richards, who sat beside a man he’d met only briefly two years ago, when his team of geologists first identified the topographical features suggesting the presence of a large body of water beneath the polar ice cap and he’d only just opened negotiations with the government of Norway for the land lease. Ron Dreger was the lead driller for the team from Advanced Mining Solutions, the company responsible for the feats of engineering that had brought Richards to the bottom of the Earth and the brink of realizing his lifelong dream. The monitor above him featured a circular image of a white tube that darkened to blue at the very end. “What you’re looking at is the view from the fiber-optic camera two miles beneath our feet,” Dreger said. He toggled some keys on his laptop, using only three fingers as he was missing the tips of his ring and pinkie fingers, and the camera advanced toward the bottom. The shaft was already considerably narrower than when the hot-water drill broke through, accelerated by a surprise flume of water that fired upward as a result of the sudden change in pressure, which had inhaled fluid from the surrounding network of subsurface rivers and lakes they were only now discovering. The lead driller turned to face Richards with an enormous grin on his heavily bearded face, like a Viking preparing to pillage. “Are you ready?” Richards stared at the monitor and released a long, slow exhalation. “I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.” The camera passed through the orifice and into a vast cavernous space, the ring of lights around the lens creating little more than a halo of illumination. The water had receded, leaving behind icicles hanging like stalactites from the vaulted ice dome. There was no way of estimating size or depth. There was only up, down, and the unfathomable darkness in between. “Should I keep going?” Dreger asked. Richards nodded, and the camera slowly approached the surface of the lake, which remained in a liquid state due to a combination of geothermal heat rising from beneath the mantle, insulation from the polar extremes by two vertical miles of ice, and the pressure formed by the marriage of the two. The image became fluid. When the aperture rectified, it revealed cloudy brown-ish water through which whitish blebs and air bubbles shivered toward the surface. A greenish shape took form from the depths, gaining focus as the camera neared. The rocky bed was covered with a layer of slimy sediment, from which tendrils of sludge wavered. It looked like the surface of some distant planet, which was exactly what Richards hoped it was. There were countless theories regarding the origin of life on earth, but the one that truly resonated with him was called lithopanspermia and involved the seeding of the planet by microbes hitchhiking through space on comets and asteroids, whether having survived on debris ejected from a collapsing planet or by the deliberate usage of a meteorite to plant life on a suitable world by some higher intelligence. Fossilized bacteria of extraterrestrial origin were found on a meteorite recovered from this very continent less than twenty years ago, but it wasn’t until living samples were collected from Lake Vostok that Richards realized what he needed to do. Ever since that fateful night sixty years ago, when he’d run into the wheat fields to escape the sound of his father raining blows upon his sobbing mother, he’d known mankind wasn’t alone in the universe. He remembered every detail with complete clarity, for it was that single moment in time that altered the course of his life. He recalled staring up into the sky and begging for God to answer his prayers, to take his mother and him from that horrible place. Only rather than a vision of the Almighty, he saw a triangle formed by three pinpricks of light hovering overhead. He’d initially thought they were part of a constellation he hadn’t seen before until they sped off without a sound and vanished against the distant horizon. He’d been looking for them ever since. “What’s that over there?” Connor asked. “Where?” Dreger said. Connor leaned over Richards’s shoulder and tapped the left side of the screen. The driller typed commands into his laptop, and the camera turned in that direction. “A little higher.” The change in angle was disorienting at first, at least until Richards saw what had caught Connor’s eye. “What in the name of God is that?”

 

Michael McBride was born in Colorado and still resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. He hates the snow, but loves the Avalanche. He works with medical radiation, yet somehow managed to produce five children, none of whom, miraculously, have tails, third eyes, or other random mutations. He writes fiction that runs the gamut from thriller (Remains) to horror to science fiction (Vector Borne, Snowblind) . . . and loves every minute of it. He is a two-time winner of the DarkFuse Readers' Choice Award.

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Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare

NOOOO!!! NOOOOO !!! Just NO

Blog Tour: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse with Excerpt and Giveaway

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Witches must bond with humans in order to produce children —and once the bond is made, it cannot easily be broken.   Imagine seventeen-year-old Gracie Mason’s surprise when she accidentally bonds with a witch named Asher. Sure, he’s cute, but that’s beside the point. She’s not gonna settle for a guy just because she’s magically bound to him.   To dissolve the bond, Gracie must seek out another witch to perform a magical rite. However, matters become considerably more complicated when witches begin turning up dead. Wanting nothing more than to get on with her life, Gracie must now team up with her new witchy friend and wade deeper into a complex world of enchantment and intrigue.   Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats is an enthralling story of magic, mystery, and murder—and each new twist will draw you further under its spell.

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Daddy told me years ago that to succeed in life I need a strong plan, the right tools, and the gumption to follow through. His words of wisdom helped me get elected homecoming queen, become co-captain of the cheerleading squad, and voted on the student council. Now I plan to use them to help me pull off my first burglary.

My plan is solid. I’ve also never backed down from a challenge, not even last year when Brittany Thomas became overly friendly with the entire football team in a sad attempt to deprive me of my crown. People say I started the rumor about the rash of STD cases spreading through the boys’ locker room faster than a brush fire. I didn’t, of course. Why start gossip when the squad of doctors from the local Health Department did it for me?

I take a deep breath as I enter the Trinity Building. At almost four o’clock on a Friday before a three-day weekend, the place is deader than a PTA meeting. It helps that today is the hottest July first on record for Central Texas and the air conditioning in this building is dismally subpar. The Trinity Corporation may claim to have the most upscale rental space in town, but one look at the gold leopard granite floor paired with peach-painted walls shows that’s a downright fib.

The only guard on duty leans back in his chair and sucks down a Sonic Route 44 Coke like his life depends on it. I wave as I pass the security desk, wearing a megawatt smile and fully confident in the strength of my lavender-scented Lavanila deodorant—vegan, of course. Deputy Dawg gives me his usual perv stare before returning to the comic book balanced on his knee.

Centex Therapy, LPC occupies most of the first floor office space. A small bell tinkles when I open the frosted glass door. What decorum the overall building lacks, the waiting room has in spades. Brown leather chairs sit on a bamboo rug and pastel paintings from local artists brighten the walls. A tall grandfather clock in the corner softly chimes four times. This late on a Friday means the room is empty of other patients. Perfect.

Jane, the receptionist, fans herself with a copy of Country Living. “Cutting it awfully close, Gracie. Go on in.”

Dr. McDozzle gives me a pained smile as I enter the room.

“Good afternoon, Miss Mason. Have a seat.” For a head shrinker, he’s incredibly formal. And a non-Texan, who hates football and sweet tea. I haven’t learned much more about him in the last month, but that’s enough to get him tarred and feathered if word got out.

The leather recliner squeaks when I sit down. “Thanks for seeing me on a Friday, Doc.” I twirl a strand of newly highlighted platinum hair around my finger. It goes wonderful with my bubblegum pink manicure. “Mr. Anderson, Daddy’s new lawyer, is now insisting I have two sessions a month with you. Of course, Mama’s lawyer says once a month is just fine, seeing how I’m such a well-adjusted high school senior and all. Almost a senior, I guess, since school’s not started.”     

Dr. McDozzle straightens his glasses. “Yes, well, your parents do seem to have quite the barrage of attorneys involved in their divorce. Have you worked on the homework I gave you during our last session?”

This is such a waste of time. My parents have spent the last five years embroiled in a divorce dirtier than a greased pig-wrestling contest. Both sides of the family have more money than sense, much to the delight of every lawyer in the tri-county area. Not that I want my parents to get back together. Anytime they’re within spitting distance of each other, the tension between them gives me a migraine. Besides, if they hadn’t split up, I never would’ve met Ben.

Ben’s the son of Daddy’s ex-girlfriend. Until four months ago, they all lived together in Daddy’s condo. Ben is a sophomore at the local college and is truly hot, in a geeky, stud muffin, save-the-world, kinda way. Crushing on my almost stepbrother might seem a bit sketchy, but it’s legal—I Googled it twice.

Which means it’s time to start step one in my Get Ben Plan.

I toss my hair over my shoulder before pulling out a pink glitter notebook from my Eiffel Tower-shaped mini-purse.

“You wanted me to write down my feelings about my parents’ shared custody thing. Honestly, I don’t understand why the lawyers are so panty twisted about me spending a week with Mama and the next with Daddy. It means I get double the wardrobe. Hello? What girl would say no to that? It’s way better than Heather’s situation. I told you about her last time, I think. The girl with the hideous frizzed-out curls but drives a cute BMW Z4 roadster? Anyway, her parents are insane.” I continue a steady stream of babble until Dr. McDozzle’s eyes glaze over.    

There’s no clocks in the room, but Dr. McDozzle keeps checking his watch. I’m sure the poor man created a nice therapy plan for me, but I’ve completely derailed it. Mama always says a girl has many tools to choose from in her arsenal—perfectly curled hair, well-placed boobs, and endless chatter are my faves. Besides, Daddy’s been paying therapists a fortune for years to show the divorce court how concerned he is about me. Dr. McDozzle’s earning his car payment today.

I snap my notebook shut and sit up straight. “Thanks, Doc. I feel so much better. Maybe I should go to the reflection bench for a spell?”

He nearly trips over himself to hustle me out to the courtyard in the center of the building. The concrete patio surrounded by four walls radiates enough heat to grill a steak, not that I eat meat anymore. Ben’s a founding member of the Texas Animal Army Movement, which preaches a vegan lifestyle and the rescue of abused animals.

Dr. McDozzle wipes at the sweat running down his reddening face. “You have fifteen minutes until the doors are locked for the weekend. We’ll continue our, uh … conversation next time. Jane will email you with an appointment date.”

I sit down on the edge of the bench. My hot pink and black-checked miniskirt is mucho cute, but doesn’t offer my thighs much protection from blistering plastic. “Will do, Doc. Enjoy your holiday.”

He leaves with a quiet sigh. During our first session, I blathered for a solid forty minutes while barely taking a breath. Daddy says I’d make a natural politician. In desperation, Dr. McDozzle hit on the idea of the “reflection bench” out here. He’s not really a bad therapist, but I only chose him ‘cause his practice is in the Trinity Building.

My iPhone beeps a two-minute warning. I head inside. The lights appear off at Centex Therapy. I hotfoot it to the Ladies’ room across the hall. It’s not the most sanitary place to wait until the coast is clear, but I brought santi-wipes.

I scroll through my photo album to pass the time. Ben has an entire folder dedicated to him. When he and his mom first moved in with Daddy, I thought he was an obnoxious douche with his constant sermons about how humans are destroying the environment and enslaving animals.

After a few stormy months, I shut my trap and listened to him. Ben knows what he wants out of his life and is determined to get it. I’ve never met anyone so brave and determined.

So, I gave up meat, and threw out my makeup in favor of vegan-only skincare lines. Now, I can’t live without my fuchsia metallic lip tar from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I even got Barksie, my cream-colored, toy Yorkiedoodle, on an all-natural diet. I haven’t gone all cray cray and converted Barksie to a vegetarian, but it is my responsibility as a pet parent to ensure he gets the least processed food available.

Fate is a true bitch, though. Just as I realized Ben was The One, Daddy decided his mom wasn’t. Now, Ben and his mom live across the city in a tiny apartment and Daddy is dating Whitney, who really knows how to put the “w” into witch.

Ben’s gone through a lot of turmoil lately. Not only did he move to a new zip code, but also his girlfriend of two years dumped him. Sad for him, but perfect for me. I now have the chance to catch his attention.

My plan? Simple. To get information that really means something to Ben. He’s too soulful to be distracted by short skirts and tight shirts; trust me I’ve tried. No, I need to prove I’m a true partner in his cause—rescuing abused animals.

The mission: break into the office on the fifth floor of this building.

Labpartners, Inc. sounds like an innocent enough company. In truth, their office owns two huge warehouses that supply care products for lab animals. All I need to do is break in, riffle through their files until I find their mailing list. And then I can hand over a list of every animal broker they sell to. Ben will be so stoked. Not only will we know who’s raising the poor bunnies to be tortured, we’ll also know where their labs are.

Footsteps ring in the hall. I duck into the last stall with my heart hammering against my ribs. As expected, the security officer cracks open the door. “Anyone in here?” He waits a few seconds before turning off the light and shutting the door.

Too bad my bestie is on vacation, ‘cause no one’s better at creating a diversion than Abigail. And my usual wheelwoman, Seraphina, is also out of the country. Without my girls, I had no choice but to recon the building last Friday in my cheerleading outfit under the guise of seeking new sponsors for the school’s booster club. The Lanier Day Spa actually agreed. I need to remember to tell Coach Sanders. Mr. Smith, the accountant, offered me his cell phone number so we could discuss my college plans, as long as I don’t call on the weekend when his wife is home.

Five video games later and my phone buzzes a warning. It’s six o’clock, time to get started. Conventional wisdom might say a burglar needs to dress in black and wait until midnight to do the deed, but screw that. If I get caught, all I need is a few tears about getting locked in and a weak cell signal. Besides, who’s gonna believe I’m a thief in Michael Kors wedges and pearls?

Time for step two.

Most of the security cameras I’ve seen are focused around the elevators. I head toward the stairs next to my therapist’s office. None of the doors to the stairs have alarms, or at least the SWAT team has never jumped me for using them before. After climbing three flights, with two more to go, I’m seriously rethinking my choice of footwear. And what the heck is the smell in here? The Trinity Corporation really needs to change janitorial services.

At the fifth floor, I’m forced to take a breather for a few minutes. My heart is pounding and my knees shake. Thanks to my daily kickboxing routine, I know it’s not due to poor fitness. Once I leave this stairwell, I’m committed. Should I really do this? Then I think of Ben in his cute glasses and cargo shorts.

Hells yeah, I’m doing this.

I edge open the door, cringing at the squeak. The hall is dim with security lights mounted on the walls offering the only illumination. Four quick steps and I enter a dark breakroom. The Coke machine chooses this moment to kick in, startling me into swallowing my gum. Too gross.

The room has a well-used appearance to it. I scanned it last week under the pretense of a desperate PMS need for a Snickers. The soda and candy machines are crammed along one wall. Across from them is a small table holding an icky microwave splattered with the Ghost of TV Dinners Past and a coffee pot missing its carafe.

Businesses have come and gone in the building. This wasn’t always a breakroom, since the microwave table blocks a door leading into Labpartners, Inc. When the nice receptionist let me in last week, I spied the other side of this door. A potted palm tree tried to hide it.

I shove the table to the side. My knees are still shaking, but my hands are steady as I retrieve the hot pink lock picking kit I bought online for $12.99. It even came with a brochure, though it warned its customers not to use the product for criminal deeds. After watching a few online videos, I spent a week roaming around Mama’s house, practicing my skills. The front door gave me some fits at first, but I opened the cupboard in the hallway where she hides her erotic novels and European chocolates without a hitch.

Daddy gave me a faux diamond encrusted pocket light for Christmas three years ago. I balance it in my mouth, while I bend down to work on the door lock.

Footsteps sound in the hall. The flashlight tumbles from my mouth, and I freeze rabbit still. Ringing in my ears makes it hard to determine if the footsteps are coming toward me or moving away. Should I replace the table and bluff my way out or quickly open the door? Is it the security officer or some dimwitted, no-life office worker?

Damn it. Make a decision.

Opening the door, it is.

It’s a simple generic lock. I can do this. The footsteps stop and then start again. I balance the flashlight on the microwave table and aim it at the lock before inserting a tension wrench into the keyhole. I turn the wrench, then insert the pick, hoping I can rake the lock pins up. I try the handle. It doesn’t move. Freaking fantastic.

Sweat dots my forehead as I listen for footsteps. Someone’s close by, muttering something in a singsong fashion. Italian, maybe? I use a wider pick on the lock to try again, though a voice in my head loudly tells me to stop. The door still won’t open, and I want to throw the tension wrench across the room.

Why won’t it work? I can tell the pins in the lock are moving. It should freaking work. The Italian singing in the hall gets louder, more like chanting. Stomach acid burns a strip up my throat. I’m failing, and I don’t do failure.

I stare at my kit, unsure of which pick to use, before acquiescing defeat. My concentration is blown due to the idiot outside. Ben’s adulation will have to wait for another day. I edge my way to the door and peek outside. Some guy in a dark hoodie is kneeling and sprinkling something on the floor. If he’s the cleaning crew, no wonder this place is a mess.

His back is to me, giving me the opportunity to sneak across the hall to the stairway. I step outside and my shoe skids across chalky powder. I flail my arms, eyes going wide.

A bright blue flash blinds me and then there’s nothing.

   

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I really don't like him and this MOFO better stop messing with my favorite could be couple.

 

Review: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas

 

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

 

 

 

I was not looking forward to this book as much as the previous books, even though Chaol is one of my favorite people in the Throne of Glass series. But I just couldn’t see how an entire book about him and Nesryn could be entertaining. But she done it again and sucked me into the world and I liked the book so much more than I thought I would. I will make this review short ( I know I say that every time) but there is really not much to say without spoiling anything . Maas really tried to make us dislike Chaol more and more in the previous books but she made up for it in this one. While not all his behavior is excused we get a better understanding off him and his past. Much of the book we see the broken and dark and broody Chaol but we follow him as he recovers , not only his body but his soul. Finally we get to see a much lighter, relaxes and happier Chaol. The one we first met in book one . Nesryn, I must admit I was never a huge fan of her. I just never saw a why she is there, she came out of nowhere and basically was just a filler for Chaol. I started to like her or just be okay with her, but I must say , reading this book I noticed that I really didn’t care about her. It is not that I didn’t like her because I do, sort of and she is a great character for the most part. But overall I really could care less about her. What I do like about her though is her family and friends values, that she is loyal and that is a big part. Other than that I had a hard time staying focused reading her parts just because I’m just not a huge Nesryn fan. We shall see what happens in the next and final book. We also meet some new characters and tribes, some of them have bigger part than others but I think in the end they will all be equals. At least I hope. I did like the kingdom and its people but some things just seemed off. I did however like Yrene, she sort if reminded me of Aelin when we first meet her as Celaena in a Throne of Glass . As most of the female character that Sarah J Mass creates, she is strong and powerful and can hold her own , I liked the whole self-defense class storyline. While I have not read The Assassin's Blade yet ( I do own it) I still figured certain things out. Sartaq, was another character I could have cared less about, I liked him, he was funny , charming and has some fighting skill besides riding a giant chickens but overall I don’t really see the point other than gaining more allies and more people for the upcoming battle. Overall, like I said I liked the book more than I thought I would, we learn a lot more about Maeve and about the Vlag. I think we get a general idea how huge this battle will be when it happens. All major players and some are now lined up ready to take on this major enemy. We get plenty of action but also some down time and romance and humor. I rate this book 4★ just because I was not a huge Nesryn fan and some things seemed like fillers more than anything. I cannot wait for the next and sadly last book in the series to see how it all ends. 4 ★

 

 

Some of my favorite quotes

“I will cherish it always. No matter what may befall the world. No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way.”

 

 

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“Don’t you waste one heartbeat being afraid of a coward who hunts women in the darkness,” Chaol snapped at her.”

 

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“Aelin would have been beside herself with glee.” *** “It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it...”

 

 

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“This will be the great war of our time,” Kashin said quietly. “When we are dead, when even our grandchildren’s grandchildren are dead, they will still be talking about this war. They will whisper of it around fires, sing of it in the great halls. Who lived and died, who fought and who cowered.”

 

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Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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Review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5 ) by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

 

If you have not read any of the previous book you should not read this review, it will spoil things for you ;) Thus book. OMG is all I can say. Over and over again. It now has been over a week since I finished the book and I still not sure how to feel, except sad and heartbroken and I want the next book. This book is absolutely amazing and super emotional, plus we get tons of nonstop action, paired with some sexy times and of course humor. But it would not be a SJM book if she wouldn’t tear out our hearts and feed them to the vlag plus there are some pretty epic plot twist that I never saw coming. Well some of them other things have been foreshadowed. Each book gets longer and longer but that is totally fine with me. But that being said, this book is massive and so much happens that there is no way I can cover everything and keep it spoiler-free. So I will TRY to make it short and just touch on some of the main events and characters. Maeve…. Yup still evil and even more so than even thought and her plan will come to light at end of the book. We meet Rolfe and I have to say I kind of liked him in a way. He is also pretty important to Aelin and the crew. Lorcan I really not sure what to think of him yet, but on the other side I like him or more like what he could be if not for Maeve.Only at the end of the book do we know whos side he is really on and even then we can’t be sure Elide, more about her come to light and she has quiete the journey, like most females in the series I like her. Strong and interdepend, never gives up. Manon, Oh my, At the very first time we meet her I was bored with her and her 13 but now I love her. LOVE HER so much. I love where it has taken her and we learn some pretty vital and interesting things about her and her family. Some pretty heartbreaking things are also happening. I just love her whole storyline and cannot get enough of her. Lysandra, she is another one who snuck into my heart fairly quick the last book, She really has come into her own and makes some pretty heavy sacrifices to help end the war. Dorian, I was never a huge fan of him but I must say he is winning me over more and more. The things he does and says are awesome. He also finds very unlikely partner. I wasn’t convinced at first but ended up cheering for them. It was funny, sexy and a bit kinky but yeah overall it worked. Aedion, I also loved him and where this all is going with him. He meets long lost family and I love his reaction, it was true and it was him. It just came natural. But I think I would like to see this resolved in the next book, well the book after Tower of Dawn. Okay now before we get to Rowan and Aelin I like to say that we do not get to see my boy Chaol and I must say would I have not known that Tower of Dawn is about him and Nesryn on the other end of the world, I would have been pretty mad. But luckily I was late to the series and knew that, though I still kind of missed him. Rowan, oh my favorite fae warrior prince, I just loved everything about him in this book. He is sweet, super funny and pretty freaking steamy. Oh my. But also lethal and will stop at nothing to protect Aelin .The tension between and Aelin are super high until the hit the beach and even after. They are one hell of a power couple and make a feared enemy. Aelin keeps to herself a lot in this book and it made no sense at first but it makes all perfect sense at the end. The end where we get one bombshell after the next and a mother-load of new information. I was on the edge of my seat, I was shocked, I was heartbroken and beaten and I could not believe all the things we just learned. All that to just let is hanging there… I think of all the endings of her books this one was the most cruel and heartbreaking of all, even more so that I know I have to wait forever to find out what will happen next. We also have some new and interesting couples in this book some I’m not sure about other I can totally see. But the steam factor goes up in this book for sure. Overall EPIC book, I cannot say enough how much I recommend this entire series. They just keep getting better and better. I rate this a full 5 ★ again .

 

Some of my favorite quotes:

 

“You will find, Rolfe, that one does not deal with Celaena Sardothien. One survives her”

 

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“It is not such a hard thing, is it - to die for your friends.”

 

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“I'd walk into the burning heart of hell itself to find you.”

 

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“War is sanctioned murder, no matter what side you're on.”

 

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“Perhaps the Darkness was another world, another realm. Perhaps she'd gone to the hell-realm the humans so feared. She hated Death. And Death could go to hell, too-”

 

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Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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Reading progress update: I've read 270 out of 608 pages.

Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare

 well this should be interesting 

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

 

The queen has returned. 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.

OMG I don’t even know what to say about this book without spoiling anything. I will make it short again like last review to avoid spoilers, Also if you have not read any of the previous books, I highly suggest you not read the review and go read the books. You will not regret it. The books pretty much starts off where the last one ended, Like in the previous books we get multiple POVs again which I enjoyed so,so much. We also meet some new people. Some have been mentioned before but we never really met them. While the book is a good size with almost 650 pages it reads super-fast, being so fast-paced and drawing you into the world of Aelin and her crew. It is super entertaining and has many surprises and even more plot twists. As with previous books, we get plenty if heartwarming but also heartbreaking scenes. But as much as emotional this book is, happy or sad, we still get plenty of humor and see a lighter side of Aelin. She truly is funny in this book and had me laughing out loud multiple times. With her returning to the Glass Court we get some reunions. Some of them were truly sweet and other a bit awkward and some brutal. We get a bit of everything. I think about the last 20% of the book I was like “F&ck Yeah” to pretty much everyone and everything happening. Most of the things that were building up in the last book come together. Not everything yet but pretty close. I just kept cheering for them and really was satisfied with the things happening. Also don’t ty to figure out who will end up with who. I did and I was wrong mostly, so many things keep happening and things keep changing. While there are no real couple yet it is hinted towards the end at some of them, But ti be honest I’m not even sure about that since so much can change in the next book. The end of the book must say was even a bit peaceful. While we know the war is still brewing and battles have to be fought, people will most likely die, it felt somehow really peaceful for even just a minute. Here are some short summaries of the characters we meet throughout the book. Aelin, I loved her in this book, she finally sees some light and hope and seems confident with herself. While she still struggle with her past she also accepts it and learns to live. She also makes a friend and learns to trust people again and it is truly amazing. Chaol, we get to see a few different things with him. I liked him and still have a soft spot for him but parts of me wanted to strangle him at some parts. But towards the end, I saw hope but also was heartbroken. Dorian, so many feels with him …… but he was also just really amazing in this book but also is a broken man. Manon….. OMG I loved her soo soo much in this book and she has quite the arc in this book. I cannot wait to see more of her and her coven. I think great things will come of this. Or I hope so at least. The King … yep he still an A-Hole and he still needs to go. Aedion, I really enjoyed him, him and Aelin make a great combo and I enjoyed them together. But there is also some tension. That make things a little awkward between them. Rowan, he is pure greatness in this book, even without his power. But he is also the one who frustrated me the most. Let’s just say he has some wicked will power. I could not get enough of him being loyal to the core, a true warrior and funny to top it. Lorcan, we met him before and we get to see more of him but honestly I have no idea yet if he is to be trusted or not. Elide. She confused me at first and what her purpose was, but it comes to light early on or so we think. I enjoyed her and can’t wait to see what will become of her. Nesryn, I wasn’t a big fan of her at first but ended up liking her a lot. Lysandra. Another great character. I really enjoyed her and she really climbed the favorite character ladder fast. I think we will see much more of her in the next book. Or at least I hope we do. Overall it was just an epic book. Lots of action, guts and gore, hint of romance and humor. Lots of twist and turns that you won’t see coming and a satisfying ending in a way that makes you grave more of these characters. I give this book a full 5 ★only because I can’t give it 6 .

 

 

Some of my favorite quotes:

 

“They joined hands. So the world ended. And the next one began.”

 

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“Behind them, across the hall, the dancers shattered their roses on the floor, and Aedion grinned at his queen as the entire world went to hell.”

 

 

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"I want to take my time with you..... learn every inch of you. And this apartment has very, very thin walls. I don't want to have an audience, when I make you moan. Aelin"

 

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“Fire-breathing bitch-queen.” *** “Even when we’re apart tomorrow, I’ll be with you every step of the way. And every step after—wherever that may be.”

 

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“Rowan was watching Chaol as if he might be dinner.”

 

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Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

 

Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

OMFG, first of this book is absolutely insane. So many things are happening, so many new characters and new groups, new and old alliances are made and broken.

There is suffering but also hope, there is love and there is also betrayal. A way overdue war is brewing.

To be honest I don’t even know how to review this book and give it the credit it deserves without spoiling anything.  So I will make this review rather short and just go over certain point and charcaters without going to much into detail.

But really I think this a series everyone who loves fantasy should read, just as simple as that.

Celaena, at the end of last book she left for Wendlyn, and we discovered who she really is as Chaol did some research. We see her first in this book, as she arrives in a new place with new people. She is all alone and has to face some pretty cruel tasks.  She is forced to face her true self and learn to be that. She is still not herself and not over to what happened last. We get to see a semi new side to her, broken and without hope as she faces all the new challenges thrown at her. We see her slowly healing and dealing with the aftermath of the events in the last book. We see her grow even more and embrace a new life.  We also get a great peak into her past, her past as a child. Which I really enjoyed.

Chaol. I always was a huge fan of his and still am. But I think he got some off the worse if it in this book. We get to see him torn, between love and loyalty. For her and for his best friend and his kingdom. He struggles a lot in this book with the secret he knows. He also makes some new allies, which was really enjoyable and I think is a new bromance all on its own.

Dorian. I’m torn with him, really Am., I like him but he also annoys me. We learn a little more about his gifts but not as much as I would have liked. Also, I was happy for him but I also wanted to tab his eyes out, not sure why because, I really never was team Dorian and I kind of felt betrayed by my own feelings lol.

The King….. Short… he needs to DIE!

Now some quick things about some of the new people, not all because there are quite a few so I mentioned some that have a bigger part.

Manon, to be honest I was bit confused about it at first. About who, why and how it all comes together. Her part was almost like reading and complete different book up to a certain part when it clicks and we know where it is going. I really enjoyed her and canot waiyt to see how it all plays out. I’m sure it will be bloody and it will be big and epic.

Sorscha, she kind of came out of nowhere and I was not sure how I felt about that, even more so when it was revealed that she was kind of there the whole time. I did like her and her part and would love to learn more about her.

Aedion, really enjoyed him and his story and love that we get all that backstory from and about him. I have a feeling we will see a lot more of him in future books.

Rowan.  I went from hating him to loving him. I can’t wait to read more of him. We already learn a lot of him and his tragic past but I think we will learn a lot more. Also love the friendship we get with him. Hashtag friendshipgoals.

I think that is it about it about the people without giving too much away.

As mentioned we get to meet some new people, new groups and new places. We follow all of them and the Glass Court that we already know. Plus of course Celaena/ Aelin. We get all the different storylines in one big story and everything will come together. At the very beginning I was a little confused and thought it will be confusing with so many new people and POVs but it really wasn’t.  While I absolutely loved this book and thought it was epic, I must say. I thought the beginning was a bit slow and that is why I cannot give it a full 5 stars. But the rest of course was fast paced and awesome. Filled with action, love and sorrow, hope, humor and betrayal all in the right places. It will give you all kind of feels.

Overall epic book and I can’t wait to see what will happen next but I’m sure it will be bloody and epic.

I rate this book 4 ½ ★

Some of my favorite quotes:

“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”

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“Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, "I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.”

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“Because I am lost," she whispered onto the earth. "And I do not know the way.”

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“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. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You're hoping for hell--because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer, to be damned for eternity and--”

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“As for Celaena," he said again, "you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”

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Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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Reading progress update: I've read 253 out of 608 pages.

Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare

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

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

 

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

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.

If you have not read book one, this review may contain spoilers.

This book starts of pretty much where the last one ended. I really liked the last book but I must say I LOVED this book. I just loved it, everything about it was great.

The story telling, the world setting, the characters growth and arcs, the endless twist and turns and many shocking surprises.

This book gave me whiplash like hardly any book before. I went from laughing and swooning to be being shocked, heartbroken and sobbing like a fool. Just be be brought back to being shocked to the amazing and powerful ending of this book. While some of the things with Celaena I suspected other came as a complete surprise.

Too not spoil anything to those who have not read it I will not go into too much detail as always.

In this book we learn so much more about our major players in this series. Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia but also a lot more about the king and his motives.

We also get to meet some new people. Some are nice, others not so much.

There is still a love triangle but I must say I did not mind it as it fit and actually some things made sense.

We learn so much more of Celaena, her past her future plans and so much more. As mentioned about I had some idea what was about to come for her but some things were a surprise. But really it made sense. We get to see her at her best and maybe even happy, but we also get to see her at her worse and see why she is Adarlan's most feared assassin.

Dorian surprised me in this book, in more than one way. I actually thought he was great and reacted fairly well to certain ‘news”. There is more to Dorian than believed in book one.

The same goes for Chaol. I also liked him and he also surprised me with some reactions he had. Also some new and interesting facts come to light about him and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Nehemia, also plays a huge part in this book again and some new and very shocking are revealed about her. I love the friendship her and Celaena have.

Some people from Celaena’s past that shake things up and also give us a closer look at her past and the life she lived.  We also meet some new people on the Kings site.

Overall. I cannot say enough how much I loved this book and everything about it. Even when it pulled me off cloud nine so I could have had my heart ripped out and slowly trampled on and after that just sitting there in awe.

If I could give it a ten star rating I would but as my rating only goes to 5, a 5 ★ it is.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“I can't tell if I should be ashamed of wanting to hold you on this day, or grateful that, despite what happened before now, it somehow brought me to you.”

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“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn't, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”

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“Who said anything about shame?" She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. "Honestly, I'm surprised you're not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I'd tumbled me.

"Does your love for yourself know no bounds?"

"Absolutely none.”

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“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”

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“If they wanted Adarlan's Assassin, they'd get her.

And Wyrd help them when she arrived.”

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“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.”

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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