Book Talk: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (ToG #2)

Hello, my darling readers!
Another day, another Sarah J. Maas novel to review. As I am making my way through the Throne of Glass series, I just finished the second installment, Crown of Midnight. So let’s get down to it!

The Plot:

Celaena did it. She defeated all the others and became the King’s Champion. Now only a few years in his service remain between her and freedom. But is Celaena ready to do the bidding of the very man who destroyed her home ten years ago? And what is lurking beneath the castle?

The Rating:

Plot twist, plot twists everywhere I look. If I hadn’t been intrigued by the Throne of Glass series before, I’d certainly be now.
We only began exploring the huge world SJM created and dive deeper into our favorite characters’ pasts – and futures!

The character development game is going strong and once more I have to applaud Sarah J. Maas. She creates characters like no one else. Compared with Throne of Glass, she even took it up a notch for this novel.

I’m itching to find out more about those mysteries and dark powers lurking in every shadow. Although I’m not sure I can’t take many more of those chapters as they always make me hold my breath!

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Book Talk: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (ToG #1)

Hello, hello!
After my huge bookish hangover after finishing the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas, I was so impressed by her writing skills, that I immediately picked up Throne of Glass. It’s the first novel in another series spanning seven books. So let’s see whether it is any good!

The Plot:

Celaena Sardothien is slaving away in the salt mines of Endovier when her life is about to change forever. The king’s son has come to get her out. But only under the condition that she serves as his champion in an upcoming competition. Celaena is more than the right choice for the spot – she used to be Aderlan’s Assassin…

The Rating:

Celaena Sardothien is one bad ass bitch and I love her for it.
She sends all the men flying on their asses and packing. She’s brilliant and she knows it. You might think this sounds like the description of an arrogant and one-dimensional character. However, Sarah J. Maas created an intricate young woman who has as many scars on the outside as she has on the inside. There are so many aspects of her to discover, I’m not even sure seven books are enough.

The thing I enjoyed most is that she is subtly different from your blueprint YA heroine. Usually, you can tick off all the assets a writer has to include for this particular kind of character. There are some familiar traits, but Celaena feels most certainly different than other famous YA women (Katniss, Tris, …).

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Thursday Movie Picks: Private Eye

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
For this week, I’m going to do a theme within the theme once more. There are so many great Private Eye flicks out there I have yet to see. So today, I’ll share the Private Eye films that are waiting on my to-watch-list!

#1 Angel Heart:

This neo-noir flick has been sitting on my list for ages. Somehow I always missed it when Angel Heart was on TV but it seemed sooo intriguing!

#2 Chinatown:

Chinatown is, of course, a very well-known classic but I still haven’t seen it. Jack Nicholson is a brilliant actor, so I’m always excited to see his films. This is one of his most famous and iconic movies, so it’s a must watch!

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Feyre Archeron in Songs (ACOTAR inspired Playlist)

Hey guys!
You might have noticed my slight ACOTAR obsession during my last post. I promise, for now, this will be the last post on the topic!
I hadn’t originally planned for this one. However, while writing the other posts, I had one of my favorite playlist on the background. I titled it GRRRL Power. Well, once I started paying closer attention to the lyrics, it became apparent that I might as well have named it Feyre’s life in songs.
So here we go!
(GRRRL Power Playlist on SpotifyFeyre Archeron in Songs Playlist on Spotify)

Wolf – First Aid Kit

When I first heard this song, I immediately fell in love. The eerie atmosphere the singers’ voices creates, perfectly captures the vibe of Feyre hunting in the woods, when she brought down Andras and her life before Prythian.

Wolf-mother, where you been?
You look so worn, so thin
You’re a taker, devils-maker
Let me hear you sing, hey-ya hey-ya
Wolf-father, at the door
You don’t smile anymore
You’re a drifter, shape-shifter
Let me see you run, hey-ya hey-ya

Wolf – First Aid Kit

I am Revenant – The Distillers

I am Revenant captures Feyre’s feeling during the UTM time pretty well. Especially during the end, this is a fitting reflection.

You say I got karma to collect
I dig my grave and
I’m here waiting for some kind of check
If I get one ill hold my breath
I racked my spine
It takes a year of you to warrant a test
As the years go by I won’t cry

I am Revenant – The Distillers

Miss Nothing – The Pretty Reckless

After UTM, Feyre is back with Tamlin and she’s slowly wasting away. With no one to help her, she sinks deeper into that pool of dark horror inside her, about to drown.

And I don’t know where I’ve been
And I don’t know what I’m into
And I don’t know what I’ve done to me

And as I watch you disappear into the ground
My one mistake was that I never let you down
So I’ll waste my time and I’ll burn my mind
On miss nothing, miss everything

Miss Nothing – The Pretty Reckless
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Top 5 Tuesday: Fictional Friendships

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week all introduce you to my favorite bookish besties!

#1 The Illyrian Babies in the ACOTAR-Series:

Rhy, Cassian, and Azriel. Not only are they amazing characters on their own, they also have this brilliant friendship. Everything about them gives me a fluffy warm feeling in my ovaries.

#2 Ron, Hermione and Harry from the Harry Potter books:

They are top-notch friendship goals. Not only do I love the fact that every one of them brings something different to the table but they still are a great match. I also recognize myself a lot in Hermione and really wish I had friends like that!

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Book Talk: A Court of Hearts and Darkness (ACOTAR FanFic)

Hello, my darling readers!
If you haven’t unfollowed me by now for writing so many posts on the ACOTAR series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this. After finishing the books by Sarah J. Maas I was so sad to let the series go, so I went on tumblr and found the best of all fanfics. A Court of Hearts and Darkness is just about an entire novel that continues the story after ACOWAR!

The Plot:

I’ll just let the wonderful Zoe (who wrote the fanfic) summarize the story:

It’s been over a century since the epic and bloody war against Hybern, but a new, unprecedented horror lies in wait to threaten everything the Inner Circle holds dear.

At a mere 17, it seems that the only one who can save them is the Heir to the Night Court, Feyre and Rhysand’s daughter Eleana, but as a creature so vile promises to kill everyone she loves, she must combat the urge to succumb to the darkness herself. The key to success lies hidden within her mate, the bastard born Kaden, who is as oblivious to the bond as her Court is oblivious to the war on the horizon.

With the help of her cousin and warrior Felix, the son of the famed Nesta and Cassian, they will try to save everything they hold dear, hopefully before the darkness takes them all.

The Rating:

This was just about the most perfect to get me out of my “I finished everything in the ACOTAR series”-slump. Just like with the original books by Sarah J. Maas, I couldn’t stop reading.

Her story is set after ACOWAR as she started writing before ACOFAS came out. So there are a few things that contradict the SJM books. However, I was more than prepared to overlook that little flaw.
A Court of Hearts and Darkness features all your most beloved characters from the original books, but as it’s set quite some time after them, we get so many new characters. Amazing, wonderful characters who will cause your heart to break.

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