Started: September 1, 2017
Finished: September 2, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
Desperation breeds people who are willing to do anything to get what they need.
This book. This bloody frikking book! If any of you so much as think of skipping this because it was, at first, intended to be a side story – don’t you dare! In my opinion it’s one of the better books of the series – and you do learn quite a few important things that you will need to know when you dive into the final book.
First, I must say that Sarah write’s Chaol’s struggle to heal amazingly. Healing takes time and effort and it might not be complete. That’s the truth. You might not get back to exactly what you once were. Also, I nearly screamed at the scene when Yrene brought Chaol to the Tower to teach the other women self defence. In the scene, the girls aid Chaol with everything – and he hates it. Hates that, suddenly, he’s treated like a complete invalid. Like someone who cannot do anything himself. My mother is an occupational therapist and my aunt works with the elderly – and they have both drilled one very important thing into my head since I was a child; don’t try to do what they can still do themselves. If someone can eat on their own, let them eat on their own. If they can rise from a chair on their own, let them rise from the chair on their own. No matter how long it takes. And that was exactly what this scene pointed out as well!
Also, the romance.
I did write a status update at some point while reading this that my ships were all over the place. Which is true. I was throughly confused about what ships to ship and which to abandon. But, as always, Sarah’s writing convinced me to jump from one ship to another easily enough. And I love my new ships and I am just as terrified that Sarah will do something to hurt them in the next novel. I seriously do not trust that they all will have happy endings.
Aaaand I’m terrified for Aelin’s sake. And I wonder if she knew the truth about Maeve already – or if she’s oblivious to it.
If she does not know… well, we’re screwed.
Yes, first of all: I apologize about the lack of posts here this last month. I have basically been doing my best to adjust to working fulltime again. I’ve felt guilty about not posting stuff, but I felt I had to prioritize getting back into the rhythm of teaching and getting to know my colleagues and students. And, honestly, I feel absolutely amazing after three weeks of work; I came home with a broad grin on my face yesterday and this morning I woke up at six (still smiling) and started getting out of bed thinking “Today’s going to be just as good as yesterday” and then realized it was Saturday XD
But today has been good because of the title of this post.
Yes, you read that right; I got Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas early.
I am not sure how this actually came about to happen – and now I’m freaking out because I have no one to talk to about it (I’m about 40% through as of right now) – but it is absolutely INCREDIBLE! Definitely one of my favourite novels of the series so far (might have something to do with Chaol Westfall being the lead……)
I am planning to read the full novel – 660 pages of brilliance – this weekend and I will get a review up as soon as possible after that, but I do want to post reviews chronologically. But it will show up soon!
(and behind the cut you can find a bit of background information as to how this came about. not how I actually got the novel early because, as I said, I have no bloody idea, but a bit on how I got into the Throne of Glass series and how I acted a bit differently with this particular novel than I did with the others) Continue reading I got “Tower of Dawn” early?!
Haven’t read as much as I probably could have in May, mainly because of that there have been some other stuff (good stuff) happening in my life, making my head buzz and keeping me from focusing on reading. But I’m still happy with what I accomplished during this month and I’m looking forward to June!
Format is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!
Continue reading Book Report: May 2017
Started: May 2, 2017
Finished: May 5, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.”
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Alright, so, first of all, this book had everything I wanted and more and I do love it a lot. But you can tell it was originally meant to be the final novel of the series as everything other than a few added loose threads was solved. This is why I’ve taken the rating down by half a star (Goodreads, we need them, like, now) – and why I can already tell this book won’t be my Book of the Year unlike its two predecessors.
And with that out of the way I can actually gush about this book. Because oh my God these characters and this world = the best! And from here on I will hide this review behind a cut because I do have trouble talking about this without revealing spoilers.
Continue reading A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)
Happy release day to A Court of Wings and Ruin!
I decided I needed a snack while reading this – and decided to bake what I’m going to call “Night Court Chocolate Stars”. The recipe can be found below the cut; it’s based on a Swedish chocolate cookie, but I added some twists to it. As the base is Swedish the measurements are in deciliters, tablespoons and teaspoons. Tablespoons and teaspoons are the same size as they are in the US and UK, while 1 deciliter is somewhat less than half a cup.
Continue reading Night Court Chocolate Stars (recipe)
First of all I want to apologize for not posting for so, so long on this blog. The last month has just been… hectic is almost too small of a word to describe it, but yeah. I started working at a new school mid-August and even though I’m really enjoying it it always takes a while to get into the rhythm and routines of a new workplace. There have been some conflicts that needed to be solved in my class, some conflicts in other classes that I needed to deal with, injured children rushed to the ER (luckily it wasn’t as serious as it first looked) and, yeah, a lot of things.
I also haven’t posted a book report since June. The one I was supposed to post for July never went up because first I was up hiking in the Swedish mountains and right after that I started at the new school and everything about it just got pushed to the back of my mind. The one for August was, similarly, ignored because of the ton of things I had to deal with at work.
The tempo of both August and September have forced me to not read as much as I would have liked, but I haven’t gotten behind on my reading plan because I read so much in July thanks to the triple readathon I did back then. So I’m still on route to completing my goal and if I get my reading back on track now that I feel a bit more comfortable with work and stuff I might actually be able to read more than I thought I would this year.
Because of the length of this book report I won’t add any comments to the Book/Worst/Surprise/Disappointment of the Month.
As always, the format of this is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!
Continue reading A three month book report
Started: September 9, 2016
Finished: September 30, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars
Excuse me, Sarah J Maas? Yeah, I have something to say. You cannot kill me twice in the same year. Alright? That’s not fair.
Honestly, though, HOW GOOD WAS THIS BOOK??!!
Definitely a lot better than QoS – the story line here felt more solid and the characters more settled into who they are. I’m still not that into the Rowan/Aelin ship, but there were other ships in this book and I ship them all. And I’m terrified for their future because that ending basically broke all of them apart.
I’m not even sure how much I can write here because, let’s face it, it is the fifth book, everything I say is probably going to spoil some small piece of what’s going on. So I’ll settle for these words; old favorites returning from Assassin’s Blade, lots of interesting new places and characters, magic, starting to feel that this series is a prequel/sequel to ACOTAR, EPIC ending and WHERE THE HECK IS CHAOL???!!!!
Everyone alright with that? Good, because I’m not going to be okay until I have the final novel in my hand. Next September.