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Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Published 2012- 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s / Bloomsbury YA. CDN $10.39 each Kindle edition.

I waited until I read the entire series to do a review on these books.  The main reason is that I couldn’t put it down.  There is too much here to put the goodreads description for each book, so here it is for just the first one…

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.  (goodreads exerpt)

I don’t even know where to begin.  This series was so amazing in so many ways.  It reminded me a little of the Poison Study books by Maria Snyder.  I am also a huge fan of Maria Snyder.  Sarah Maas is now on my favorite author lists!

The story telling is so amazing that I could not put these down.  I just kept downloading each book.  The world building is so intense and real.  I was jealous that she could immerse me so deeply into her story.  As a writer it amazed me and left me wanting more and more of this story.  7 books isn’t enough.

Celaena is the baddest, most intense, fearless, real character I have read in a while.  She is an 18 year old assassin with a destiny that will shock you. (no spoilers here)  She is not without flaws, she is vulnerable and hard and cunning, ruthless and relentless throughout the series.  She grows with each task, book, adventure, let down, sacrifice, set back and everything that gets thrown at her.  She will long be remembered in my heart as a true heroine.

I hate spoilers so suffice it to say this whole series is amazing from beginning to end.  All of the characters are amazing. Some you love, some you hate, some you even hate to love.  Each character is lined with depth and fullness, and intricately woven into the storyline.  Sarah is a master storyteller.  I can’t wait to read the next thing she puts out.

5 amazing stars for me.

 

Resolutions…

It is Jan 6th of a brand new year and for the past 6 days, I have been reflecting back on my life, my accomplishments. People often speak of New Year’s Resolutions this time of year. Normally, I reflect on my bucket list. I prefer to think of all the things I want to accomplish in my lifetime…not just in the upcoming year. Each year I take stock of the things I have done over the past year, and my life, and hope I have added to the things that I want to do before I can’t do them anymore.

I have, since about last spring, started what I call, “training for retirement”. When I finally come to that time in my life that I can retire from my job, I don’t want to be hindered by pain, aches, lack of fitness and any other thing that keeps me from doing what I enjoy. To that end, I lost a few pounds, went to see a physio therapist for my ongoing hip issue, pushed harder at the gym, and took on a couple of mud races. Yup Mud races! 3 of them and I loved doing them. The muddier and harder the better. I started with a 6km, 18-obstacle, fairly moderate intensity race, and I finished with Tough Mudder, a 10 mile (16km) 22 obstacle intense race. OMG it was extremely hard and so much fun. I really felt like I accomplished something with that! And… I found a new love for trail running.

mudder.PNG   Mud Hero 6 km 18 obstacles foam                              Foam Fest 5 km 18 obstacle    mudder 1

 

 

And Tough Mudder 10 miles (16 Km) 22 obstacles.

 

So I am happy that I can add ‘Tough Mudder’ race to my bucket list! I’m not sure what is next on my bucket list, but I’m thinking it will be something intense….

What about you? Anything on your upcoming list? What do you think about New Year’s resolutions?  Feel free to share and link back to your site.  I would love to see your New Year Resolutions, or your Bucket List Accomplishments.

Storm Glass (Glass #1) by Maria Snyder

storm  Storm Glass (Glass #1) By Maria Snyder.  Published July 30, 2013by Harlequine Mira.  CDN $3.99 Kindle version.

Award-winning author Maria V. Snyder brings readers into a world of molten magic, where storms can be captured within a glass orb and a magician’s powers can remain hidden…until challenged by enemy forces.

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it from happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic. Yet the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control her powers…powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known. (Goodreads Excerpt)

Wow, what can I say? The last Maria Snyder book I read was The Poison Series, which was absolutely amazing.  She has such a talent for creating new worlds that you just fall into and can’t get enough. I love anything magic and this book was amazing!  I love Opal. She was so genuine and real.  She makes mistakes, she isn’t a great magical talent but it doesn’t bring her down. She is definitely unique.  And her penchant for getting into trouble is very entertaining indeed.  Can we say drama magnet?  Lol Oh and there is lots of romance to boot!

5 stars for me! Loving Maria Snyder again!

Teaser Tuesday Nov 13, 2018

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme by Ambrosia  @ The Purple Booker.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Their great-grandmother once claimed that when the de Vincent men fell in love, they did so fast and hard, without reason or hesitation.

And that was absolute bullshit.

Page 5.

Moonlight Sins (de Vincent, #1)  Moonlight Sins: A de Vincent Novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I have just started this book and already love it!  But then again I love ALL of Jennifer Armentrout’s books!  I’m hooked.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

 

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Ambrosia  @ The Purple Booker. Check out her blog!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

magic The magician by Lisa Maxwell.  Published July 18, 2017 by Simon Pulse.  I got this free at the libaray, but the kindle edition is CDN $9.99. 

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.  (Goodreads Excerpt)

OMG I fell in love with this book from the first page.  What’s not to like? Magic, time manipulation, kick ass heroine, and a plot to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I loved this… it was so different and original. I mean look at the caption

            Stop the Magician

            Steal the book

            Save the future.

Does that not just suck you in with those three sentences? I loved how most of the book takes place in old New York.  It is dangerous and sinister and you have no clue who to trust.  I love the secondary characters.  I love the setting. I love all the magic that is a part of this world.  The story is just so compelling and her talent for thievery and manipulating time is so incredibly…..intriguing comes to mind. I can’t say enough about this book.

I’m dying for the sequel…I even had the library put it on advance hold or its release.

5 stars for me!  Shocker I know! Lol

Blog 2.0

First off I need to apologize to my readers for the lack of content on my blog in the past year or so. I have been remiss and not very active. So starting now, I am refocused on my blog and plan to post a lot more from now on. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

So I have revamped the blog and gave it a new look, updated some stuff. Hope everyone likes the new look. It is a work in progress.  Welcome to my blog 2.0!

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So what to blog about? Well, I still love reading and doing reviews, so I plan to keep doing that. I also plan to do other things on here as well. Common interest things that catch my eye. I love Do It Yourself things so that will be on the list. Check out my Halloween project that I found on Tumbler.

IMG_5869This was a huge hit with the kids!  They loved it.  I also added some sound effects with a prop I had last year.  It was howling sounds coming from behind the Hellgate. (my word for this cool effect)  I had a great time doing this and it was so easy.  A shipping crate, some hands from the dollar store, a red light for effect and a couple chains and a crow for good measure!

 

 

 

I have considered other types of reviews as well…Food, restaurants, vacation spots, products I use and any other reviews that happen across my brain…as flighty as that sometimes is. I am sometimes as focused as a well trained cat….OMG a Squirrel. (*sorry lost me for a second! )

I am really excited about becoming more engaged and meeting more people. If anyone has any ideas that they would like to see feel free to leave comments.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

 Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard.  Published Jan 5, 2016 by Tor Teen.  $10.99 CDN Kindle edition.

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. (Goodreads excerpt)

What to say?  OMG I love this series!  So refreshingly real and captivating.  I was sucked in right from the start.  It is intense, emotional, dramatic and … real.  It is not your typical book and I will admit that I am a big fan of anything to do with witches and magic so already I knew this was going to be a book for me.  I am extremely glad that I didn’t have to wait for the next book since I only just found this series.  I instantly downloaded the next one and am like gimme gimme gimme more please *sigh.

I am also a huge fan of kick ass heroines who can do it on their own.  This book gives us two!  And before you start thinking that I don’t like romance..lol  I am sucker for that as well.  And this has that too!  OMG my editor is going to lose her mind with all of the exclamation points in this blog…lol  I just can’t help it. I love LOVE love this book and the series.

5 stars for me!  Obviously J