Review: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie

Goodreads Summary:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.


My Review

Bone Crier’s Moon was unlike any other book I’ve read before. It’s total ingenuity made it intriguing throughout. The story follows the POVs of not one but three characters which is something that I haven’t experienced in a quite some time. As with any book with multiple POVs, you’re always on the edge of your seat waiting to get back to the next person after each chapter ended on a cliffhanger. The story is told from Bastien, Ailesse, and Sabine’s perspective. Bastien, a boy hell bent on avenging the death of his father who was murdered by Ailesse and Sabine’s people: the Bone Criers, will stop at nothing until his vendetta is fulfilled. Little does he know that he has a much more important role to play in the Bone Criers’ lives than he thought.  Cue an enemies-to- lovers story! 

This book was suspenseful from start to finish. Although a little predictable at times, I still didn’t see every plot twist coming! The changing POVs made the story fly by too. The romance could have been a little further developed, but it was definitely still cute and I can tell that a lot more is still to come in regards to their growth. The story left off with so many questions and I cannot wait to see how it will all unfold. If you’re looking for a new unique YA romance, I definitely recommend Bone Crier’s Moon.

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Review: The Brightest Night (Origin #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Summary:

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she’s on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She’s been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she’s learned truths about herself that she never saw coming–things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She’s caught in the eye of the storm.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.


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My Review

The Brightest Night was a wonderful addition to the Origin series and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. The story continues smoothly into Evie and Luc’s journey, where they have now made it to a Luxen safe zone after barely surviving the trip there. Of course their troubles are far from over and on top of facing the ever growing threat that is the Daedalus, Evie must also attempt to win over the rest of the compound in order to gain their trust in her. 

As you can see, I didn’t give The Brightest Night 5 stars, but it for sure came very close. The story kept me intrigued all the way through. I absolutely loved seeing Evie and Luc’s relationship further unfold and grow in the most wonderful ways. You genuinely get to see the ends they will go to for one another which seems to be a common motif in JLAs Lux books. Also, you get sooo much more from Daemon in this book which was amazing and is making me need a Lux reread RIGHT NOW! However, I couldn’t help but notice that not a whole lot happened throughout the majority of the book. It’s not until the final 50 pages or so that you get more information that influences the overall plot going forward. Like I said, this didn’t stop me from really enjoying the entire thing, it still kept my attention and didn’t feel boring, I just wish we had been given more juicy things throughout instead of only at the end. 

This leads me into the ending, and HOLY SH**!! I am utterly shocked and devastated and MY HEART!! The ending was crazy and I cannot wait for more, I NEED MORE! Sorry for all the exclamation points and feelings, but just go read the darn thing and you will understand! I highly recommend this one regardless of the overall lack of movement throughout the meatier parts of the story, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still love it, because I certainly did! 

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Review: Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove #2) by Shelby Mahurin

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Goodreads Summary:

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.


3 Star

My Review

Blood & Honey started off hilarious, and full of all the character development I enjoyed from Serpent & Dove and it got me all excited for the rest of the story. But unfortunately it did not deliver. 

I was hesitant to start book two after hearing mixed things. And now I understand. The overall story was there and it was intriguing but the execution just fell short. As we know, the gang are still out to kill Lou’s mother and gain allies along the way to defeat her and her clan. Unfortunately, not a whole lot toward the overall plot happens though. This book felt like an in-between story. And what’s worse, the romance totally tanked! The direction she took Reid and Lou’s romance in Blood & Honey was sooo frustrating. Every time they took one step forward, they took another two back. This made it really hard to enjoy either character. If anything, I got greater enjoyment from the supporting characters. 

The final 50 pages helped bring a little redemption to the story and the cliffhanger at the end was NOT OK!!! I AM NOT OK! Long story short, damn Mahurin for giving me a subpar sequel but providing just enough to make me still want to read book three. Can anyone else relate? Let me know your thoughts!

Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Goodreads Summary:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.


3 Star

My Review

I so hesitate putting up this review because I know I’m not going to be with the majority, but I was genuinely disappointed. I have seen The Raven Cycle series EVERYWHERE for years! I’ve had it on my TBR for a very long time, and I’ve had the book on my shelf for going on 3 years now I believe. I can definitely say that it was nothing like what I thought it would be.

I was genuinely excited to dive into The Raven Boys, because I loved Stiefvater’s Shiver series. I had heard some really good things about it for the most part too. The story follows characters Blue and the boys of Aglionby Academy as they set off on a hunt for the mysterious and supernatural.

Right off the bat, I noticed a third person POV that had a very distinct tone of voice encircling the story. It was eerie and elegant and I felt like the voice in my head reading it sounded so proper without me even realizing it lol. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible, but I felt like it kept me from being able to truly connect with the characters. If it had been told in first person, I think it would have been more enjoyable.

I had a hard time connecting with Blue, Gansey and Adam because I just didn’t know how to feel about the romantic (or lack there of) implications between the three of them. It was never given a chance to play out in book one. In fact, it felt like book one was entirely a “setting the stage” book. As I reached the halfway mark, I realized that not a whole lot had really happened yet. And as I progressed to being 3/4 of the way done, I couldn’t help but feel the same way still. I will give it some credit though, in that it never felt dragged out. It was actually a quick read and flew by. There were even a few pretty good plot twists here and there. By the end of book one, I was left a ton of questions and not a whole lot of answers. I can only assume that’s what the rest of the books are there for.

Overall, I was expecting a lot more from what I know is a very popular series. I haven’t quite decided if I’ll give book two a shot yet. Let me know you’re thoughts and if you think it’s worth me continuing.

 

 

Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

A story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day. 

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.


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Favorite Quotes: 

“And it was knowing that I could still be…still be afraid of everything, but not letting that fear stop me from living.”

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”


My Review

This is one of only a handful of stand alones by JLA. My history with her stand alone novels has always been great so I’ve been super excited to dive into this one! I’ve had it on my Kindle for a few years now and finally was able to read it. And once again, I was not disappointed!

The story follows Mallory as she navigates public school for the first time. She’s had a morbid past involving abusive foster parents and after being adopted and going through the necessary steps, is finally ready to face the great unknown that is her senior year in high school. The last thing she expects is to run into someone from her past on day one: her only friend and great protector Rider.

I have to say, this story’s lead female character was unlike any JLA has ever written about before. Usually her books consist of strong-willed badass girls with a great sense of humor. Mallory is definitely not any of these. Honestly, it wouldn’t have fit the story nearly as well if she was. And it was totally realistic for someone with her particular past to not come out unscathed.

This book was a breath of fresh air in that it depicted the very real ways anxiety can affect your day to day life. It also showed how you never quite know what someone is going through. Most importantly, it demonstrates that your past can be let go and you can move forward from it stronger. Overall, it spoke to me, and I couldn’t help but share a few of the lines that gave me chills while reading (see above).

The Problem with Forever was a quick read with a sweet romance, difficult social concepts, and a teary eyed beautiful finish. I 100% recommend you read it, especially if you’re a JLA fan.

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Double Review: Origin Series (#1 and #2)-The Darkest Star AND The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello readers!!! I’m so sorry that I’ve been gone for well over a year. I’ve been finishing the didactic portion of the Physical Therapy program at Northern Arizona University, and am waiting to begin my clinical rotations in July! Though I’m unsure what rotations may bring to my scheduling, I plan on consistently sharing and reviewing again! I missed it oh so much, and I hope you’ll forgive me for my hiatus.  If you aren’t new to my blog, then you’ll find that I gave myself a facelift. I’m trying to start fresh and dive right back into bringing you reviews of books worth reading! So let’s start with a bang! What better way to start reviewing again than with a JLA review x2!!!

I’ve definitely read/listened to a good handful of books while I’ve been away and will probably be reviewing retrospectively in between current reviews. Since I just finished reading The Burning Shadow, I’ll only share the Goodreads summary for it.


Goodreads Summary of The Burning Shadow

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.


My Review 

The Origin series is a spin off series of the beloved Lux series, and I have to say, if you haven’t read The Lux series, first of all YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! Secondly, you absolutely should read it first prior to this series, otherwise you’re bound to be confused.

If you’ve read The Lux books before, then you know who Luc is, that snarky teenager who happens to somehow be the owner of a night club and who also happens to be a crazy powerful Origin. These books center around the perspective of Evie Dasher, a teenage girl who ends up in the wrong club at the wrong time and finds herself coming face to face with Luc. This series begins following the Luxen invasion, so she is fully aware that there are Luxen among the humans, but has no idea that there are other alien lifeforms too. Before Evie knows it, she’s getting dragged into the life of Origins and learns that her world isn’t entirely what she thought it was. Secrets come out, the truth is revealed, nothing is what it seems, and the questions just keep on coming.

Naturally, true to the JLA nature, a brewing connection forms between Evie and Luc, and it’s intense and all consuming. Evie isn’t quite ready to admit it to herself though, but ohhhh boy just wait for book two!

Overall, The Darkest Star was a wonderful beginning of what is sure to be a fantastic spin off to the Lux books.

The Burning Shadow was even more tumultuous than the first book, and oh so jam packed full of suspense and fiery romance. It begins right from where book one left off. This one will leave you with all sorts of feels though! And the burning questions (pun intended) that you’ve had since the beginning are truly answered once and for all. Although, I will say the main reveal was a bit predictable (parts of book one were as well), it was still a cool twist nevertheless. And did I mention that the characters from The Lux series make appearances throughout both books??? It was like being called home reading about Kat and Daemon again and seeing where everyone was at in their relationships/little families * girly sigh*.

Jennifer Armentrout has mastered the talent of creating amazingly lovable characters full of snark, charm, and depth. You’ll be looking forward to each new page! Book two ended with a cliff hanger (also true to the JLA name), and unfortunately, book three: The Brightest Night won’t be out till October 20th *cries silently*.

I highly recommend you start The Origin Series and if you have but haven’t gotten to book two yet, it’s even better than the first!

Buy The Darkest Star.

Buy The Burning Shadow .

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

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Goodreads Summary:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


My Review

Alrighty folks, it took me waaaay longer than anticipated to finish reading this book, I had some deadlines to meet, and then I didn’t want to bring this precious paperback on vacation to multiple beaches etc….well…life got in the way! So, over a month later, and I finished it! OMG it was insane!!! And my heart is broken knowing I have to wait till the end of October to know what happens (insert crying-winy face emoji)!

Empire of Storms was a whirlwind of action and plot developments that had me reeling! There were so many character perspectives that finally came together. It was amazing to at last see all the main characters gather in one place and work together toward a common goal. Prior to this book, that was completely unheard of. I think that’s what made this fifth installment all the more exciting. There were so many new interactions to experience. I would also 100% recommend reading the prequel prior to reading this book! It is absolutely necessary in order to truly grasp who is who! Quite a few characters from those stories resurface in Empire of Storms. It had me all sorts of excited to see them come back into play!

Readers will also be pleased to see new and budding romances all over the place! Romances that surprised the crap out of me at first, but then proceeded to baffle me with how much it just all made sense. Maas has a way of making the most unexpected of relationships blossom out of seemingly nothing, but she does it so well. The romantic dynamics in this book make for a lovely counterpart to all the fight scenes and heartbreaking developments.

Speaking of heartbreaking….the ending is absolutely shattering!!!!! Like tear your heart out, stomp on it, then set it on fire, then throw the ashes in the garbage disposal shattering. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and it all just hurt! I’m dying inside knowing I have to wait so long to find out what happens! I absolutely cannot wait for the ending of this series to come! I’m sure it’s going to be mind blowing! I would most definitely recommend you read book 5 of the Throne of Glass series.

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Review: Perfect Match (The Aere Saga #4) by S.T. Bende

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Goodreads Summary:

For honor. For love. For Asgard.

Valkyrie Brynn Aksel is ready for some downtime. But when an urgent warning arrives from Asgard, heralding the death of a beloved god and the dawn of Ragnarok—the not-so-mythological end of days—it becomes clear there’s no rest for the gods . . . not when the future of the realms is on the line.

Goddess of Love Freya Skönsten can’t shake the darkness that’s clung to her since her Helheim imprisonment. An unsanctioned romantic connection with a mortal is the only thing keeping her in the light, but Freya’s vow to the Norns prevents her from fully uniting with her perfekt match. When Hel returns to finish what she started, Freya must decide how much she’s ready to sacrifice to save the family she loves . . . and whether she’s willing to give up everything for the worlds she’s sworn to protect.

With the forces of darkness aligning to destroy the realms, it’s clear more than just Love hangs in the balance. Ragnarok has arrived. And it’s shaping up to be the perfekt storm.


My Review

S.T. Bende concluded this saga in a lovely manner that tied up all lose ends perfectly. The action and plot developments were non-stop!

This go around, we get to experience the perspectives of Brynn and Freya. These two badass ladies were a great duo to spearhead this story. Brynn is so light hearted and whimsical, and her personality is paired well with Freya, who is fierce and down to earth. Unfortunately, Freya is having a rough go of it in this fourth book. Now that she has been rescued from Hel after spending a length of time as her prisoner, Freya has not been the same. There is a darkness in her that’s holding her back. However, after a certain someone comes into her life, she is at last willing and able to find a way to keep the darkness at bay. Just on time too; Ragnarok is on their doorstep.

Perfekt Match brought with it all of the beloved characters that we’ve grown with throughout the saga. It was fantastic to see all of these couples come together and do life (and battle) together. And believe me, there was no shortage of battles this time. It was interesting to read about Ragnarok from the other side of the story with different characters. I love how Bende interweaves them all into one epic Norse universe! What I would give to be surrounded by what sounds like a plethora of gorgeous men lol! By the time the ending hit, all of the wonderful things you had hoped for as a reader came to fruition, and brought with it all the feels.

I would definitely recommend you continue your journey with this series and pick up Perfekt Match! And if you haven’t started the saga yet, then most definitely get your hands on these books!

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Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.


My Review

Wowza! I knew I was taking a risk reading The Assassin’s Blade knowing what I knew from reading the Throne of Glass series, but damn, that didn’t stop this book from packing a punch. I absolutely loved this prequel, it was surprisingly exciting and provided an extra level of depth to the story I didn’t know I needed.

This prequel consisted of five stories of varying lengths. Each one centered around a new adventure Celaena experienced during her time as an assassin, more importantly, during her time when she still answered to Arobynn. That was most certainly an interesting dynamic to delve into. What a twisted and warped relationship, but so utterly intriguing. Arobynn’s feelings for Celaena were so skewed, yet you could tell that there was some level of true affection between the two. Although, the Celaena-Sam dynamic was of course the only one I really wanted to read about. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot of time dedicated to their relationship. The moments you do glimpse are wonderfully sweet, and so completely heart wrenching. As a reader, you are given just enough of a taste, that when the inevitable ending comes, it does nothing short of tear your heart out. I thought I was ready for it, but folks, let me tell ya. I WASN’T READY.

Each one of these stories brought with it new tales and characters that we have only ever known from the later books. It was fantastic to meet them at their origin. Everything that makes Celaena who she is, is made all the more clear because of these stories. I am so glad that I read them. It was absolutely worth the journey.

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Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTR #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


My Review

After quite the long wait, I was so so excited to finally get my hands on this beautiful novella. And oh how sad I was to see it come and go so quickly. A Court of Frost and Starlight was a lovely glimpse into the everyday lives of Feyre and her friends as they face the aftermath of the events they have seen thus far.

For the first time in this series, we get to hear from not just Feyre and Rhysand, but Nesta and Cassian as well! Eep!! Actually you get to read the POVs of quite a few new characters this go around. And Maas has a way of pulling you right in as always. Despite the fact that this was a novella, I was still glued to the pages. Nothing particularly insane goes on in this book, but it doesn’t need to be wholly intriguing. Just seeing these characters live on after experiencing so much devastation was incredible. I felt like this book truly gives the reader a greater insight into the world that Maas has created, which is a rarity for many beloved series. And of course it hinted at the romantic events to come!

Reading about these characters again, especially Feyre and Rhysand was a dream! I will be sad to see their POVs go in the books ahead, but I’m so glad that this isn’t the last I’ll see of them. I’m very much so looking forward to reading Nesta and Cassian’s story in the next installment. Their story is sure to be a tumultuous one.

I would most definitely recommend you pick up A Court of Frost and Starlight if you’re a fan of this series! It is so worth the wait, if not a little bittersweet for how short it is.

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