because sarah just finished the book

elidexlorcan  asked:

The cover of the colouring book is beautiful by the way! You deserve this! I was just wondering, Sarah said that there are drawings in the book that are from all three books in the series, and because you designed some of the art for it, does that mean you've read ACOWAR?


I have read a number of scenes and I’ve gotten a few spoilers, but no, I haven’t read ‘the book’ in it’s entire finished glory. I’ve drawn a few scenes that required reading a couple of sections but thankfully they’re quite out of context when you haven’t read the book. And so the book has remained fairly, mostly, unspoiled… and I’m sure it still has plenty more surprises for me.


It was very hard for me to learn how to fly,” he said. I didn’t dare respond. “Most Illyrians learn as toddlers. But … I assume Rhysand told you the particulars of my early childhood.”
I nodded. He finished the one hand and started on the other. “Because I was so old, I had a fear of flying - and did not trust my instincts. It was an … embarrassment to be taught so late. Not just to me, but to all in the war-camp once I arrived. But I learned, often going off by myself. Cassian, of course, found me first. Mocked me, beat me to hell, then offered to train me. Rhys was there the next day. They taught me to fly.”
He finished my other hand, and sat on the shore, the stones murmuring as they shifted beneath him. I sat beside him, bracing my sore palms faceup on my knees, letting my wings sag behind me.
“Because it was such an effort … A few years after the War, Rhys brought me back a story. It was a gift - the story. For me. He - he went to see Miryam and Drakon in their new home, the visit so secret even we hadn’t known it was happening until he returned. We knew their people hadn’t drowned in the sea, as everyone believed, as they wanted people to believe. You see, when Miryam freed her people from the queen of the Black Land, she led all of them - nearly fifty thousand of them - across the desert, all the way to the shores of the Erythrian Sea, Drakon’s aerial legion providing cover. But they got to the sea and found the ships they’d arranged to transport them over the narrow channel to the next kingdom had been destroyed. Destroyed by the queen herself, who sent her lingering armies to drag her former slaves back.
“Drakon’s people - the Seraphim - are winged. Like us, but their wings are feathered. And unlike us, their army and society allow women to lead, to fight, to rule. All of them are gifted with mighty magic of wind and air. And when they beheld that army charging after them, they knew their own force was too small to face them. So they cleaved the sea itself - made a path through the water, all the way through the channel, and ordered the humans to run.
“They did, but Miryam insisted on remaining behind until every last one of her people had crossed. Not one human would she leave behind. Not one. They were about halfway through the crossing when the army reached them. The Seraphim were spent - their magic could barely hold the sea passage. And Drakon knew that if they held it any longer … that army would make it across and butcher the humans on the other side. The Seraphim fought off the vanguard on the floor of the sea, and it was bloody and brutal and chaotic … And during the melee, they didn’t see Miryam skewered by the queen herself. Drakon didn’t see. He thought she made it out, carried by one of his soldiers. He ordered the parted sea to come down to drown the enemy force.
“But a young Seraphim cartographer named Nephelle saw Miryam go down. Nephelle’s lover was one of Drakon’s generals, and it was she who realized Miryam and Nephelle were missing. Drakon was frantic, but their magic was spent and no force in the world could hold back the sea as it barreled down, and no one could reach his mate in time. But Nephelle did.
“Nephelle, you see, was a cartographer because she’d been rejected from the legion’s fighting ranks. Her wings were too small, the right one somewhat malformed. And she was slight - short enough that she’d be a dangerous gap in the front lines when they fought shield to shield. Drakon had let her try out for the legion as a courtesy to her lover, but Nephelle failed. She could barely carry the Seraphim shield, and her smaller wings hadn’t been strong enough to keep up with the others. So she had made herself invaluable as a cartographer during the War, helping Drakon and her lover find the geographical advantages in their battles. And she became Miryam’s dearest friend during those long months as well.
“And that day on the seafloor, Nephelle remembered that her friend had been in the back of the line. She returned for her, even as all others fled for the distant shore. She found Miryam skewered on the queen’s spear, bleeding out. The sea wall started to come down - on the opposite shore. Killing the approaching army first - racing toward them.
“Miryam told Nephelle to save herself. But Nephelle would not abandon her friend. She picked her up and flew.”
Azriel’s voice was soft with awe.
“When Rhys spoke to Drakon about it years later, he still didn’t have words to describe what happened. It defied all logic, all training. Nephelle, who had never been strong enough to hold a Seraphim shield, carried Miryam - triple the weight. And more than that … She flew. The sea was crashing down upon them, but Nephelle flew like the best of Seraphim warriors. The seafloor was a labyrinth of jagged rocks, too narrow for the Seraphim to fly through. They’d tried during their escape and crashed into them. But Nephelle, with her smaller wings … Had they been one inch wider, she would not have fit. And more than that … Nephelle soared through them, Miryam dying in her arms, as fast and skilled as the greatest of Seraphim. Nephelle, who had been passed over, who had been forgotten … She outraced death itself. There was not a foot of room between her and the water on either side of her when she shot up from the seafloor; not half of that rising up at her feet. And yet her too-small wingspan, that deformed wing … they did not fail her. Not once. Not for one wing beat.”
My eyes burned.
“She made it. Suffice to say her lover made Nephelle her wife that night, and Miryam … well, she is alive today because of Nephelle.” Azriel picked up a flat, white stone and turned it over in his hands. “Rhys told me the story when he returned. And since then we have privately adapted the Nephelle Philosophy with our own armies.”
I raised a brow. Azriel shrugged. “We - Rhys, Cass, and I - will occasionally remind each other that what we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength. And that the most unlikely person can alter the course of history.”
“The Nephelle Philosophy.
—  A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas






So I just finished reading the third book, and I honestly didn’t remember just how often the Heap kids disappear? Be it to live in the woods, to study Darke Magyk, to search for a brother lost a hundred years ago, to get lost a hundred years ago, or because one of the kids kidnaps another…

Someone give Sarah Heap some tea and a blanket. Her kids are going to land her in an early grave.

May 2017 Book Wrap Up! 

This month I read 10 physical books, which is great because it means that I have opened up space somewhere in my personal library. This was a pretty good month, give or take a few so-so books.

Keep in mind that this is a long text post and this is SPOILER-FREE (though any links I post to reviews I’ve done may not be Spoiler-Free.)

Which books did you read this month?

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I was lucky enough to meet Maas in Toronto a week or so ago and in order to be prepared for the signing, I read the ACOTAR series (though I didn’t finish ACOWAR for a few days after the event). 

Honestly, ACOTAR was OKAY. I had some issues with the editing, the writing cliches, and the main character, Feyre. She got better as the series progressed, but I found her to be really annoying in this first installment. I want to note that this series is VERY different from her Throne of Glass series, btw. Also, hello sex scenes. 

I gave this book 3/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The second installment in the series is A LOT better than the first book (and not just because of the naughty bits). The writing felt better, Feyre was less frustrating, and the love interest was more intriguing. If you’re reading ACOTAR, or if you’ve already read it and don’t know if you should continue with this series, this second book makes up for the meh-ness of the first book.

I gave this book 5/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

This is the first time I’ve fully finished a series by Maas. So, I’m just gonna quickly pat myself on the back. While this one was a good read, the second book is still my favourite. 

There’s enough closure in this book that you’re left satisfied, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions and events that are kind of glossed over. Not going to lie, despite the comfortable sense of closure, there was a lot of rushing at the end. I wouldn’t have minded a few side stories regarding some of the characters, but again, I must remember that this is only the end of one part of the series. 

I gave this book 4/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The sound of my friends cheering because I finally read this book is still ringing in my ears. This conclusion to the quartet is written just as beautifully as the rest of Stiefvater’s series. The characters grow even more and everything comes to a heartbreaking circle. Though it took me a while to read this series, I do recommend it. It’s a good kind of dense writing, forcing you to savour the words and the stories behind them.

Make way for the Raven King. 

I gave this book 5/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh 

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

While everyone else loved Ahdieh’s first novel, I found it slightly problematic because of one of the potential love interests. He ruined the story for me and so when I learned about this book, I was super wary. But I took a chance and I HAVE ZERO REGRETS. This book was fantastic. 

If you’re going in expecting a recap of the Mulan film by Disney, you won’t be getting that. Instead, you’ll be getting an equally badass story about a girl in Japan who has to dress as a boy in order to survive. This is full of action, adventure, mystery, twists, romance, and badassery. 

I gave this book 5/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review

Sarah Dessen will always be an auto-buy for me. Most of her books (let’s not talk about the two books that disappointed me the most) have been fantastic reads and she doesn’t disappoint with this one. While it’s not as good as Saint Anything, I still really, really enjoyed Once and for All

The protagonist was imperfect and emotionally scarred, so that wasn’t too surprising–it was the love interest that gripped my attention. He was so well-rounded and entertaining that I wouldn’t mind reading a book from his perspective. Him alone made the story fly by. I’d like to say that this was a combination of The Truth About Forever and Keeping the Moon

I gave this book 5/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo 

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

I had a lot of expectations going into Goo’s book and I know, this is always a mistake. While I did enjoy this book for the most part, I had some issues with the protagonist’s very problematic behaviour. 

You can read my review on Goodreads here

I gave this book 3/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

Menon’s book is another book I went into with expectations, except I was really disappointed, especially with all of the amazing reviews going around. 

I wrote my review on Goodreads here and keep in mind that a chunk of it is me ranting. 

I gave this book 2/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

I love Kasie West, but this wasn’t her strongest book. Just going to throw that out there. Despite this, however, there were a lot of fun things about her latest novel. It just felt rushed and a lot younger than other books she’s written, so perhaps that’s why I had a harder time understanding the main character and her naïveté. 

I wrote a Pro & Con list on Goodreads, which you can check out here

I gave this book 3/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never read a Crowley book before and I’m starting to think I should remedy that. Words in Deep Blue was a beautiful book, made all the more so by the relationships the characters have and the complex hold that the past has on us. Grief, romance, family, and second chances–this book has it all. Plus, it’s set in Australia, which made my wanderlust hungry self crave a future trip. 

Also, can I just mention that this also felt like a love story about books and reading? Because it did, and if you’re a lover of the written word, you might appreciate how Crowley writes about her characters’ love of reading. 

I gave this book 5/5 Stars. You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

What books did you read this month? Let me know if you reblog this post or just by commenting on the post! I hope you all had a good reading month! I think it really helped that the weather was beautiful for the last week of the month :-)

Also, if you’d like, friend me on Goodreads here

Happy reading and good luck with your June reading!

addictedtojin  asked:

i just finished ACOWAR a couple of days ago and i'm now in a book slump... REC ME BOOKS PLS & THANK YOU

Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1) by Sarah Fine

YA/Urban Fantasy. This book had action, intrigue, shock value, sexual tension, and strong characters—all brought to us in one power-packed punch. I give it 4.5 stars and a solid 5 for romance because it was subtly yet strong, but it didn’t drive the plot.

Warning: This book covers the subjects of suicide and rape.

“My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple.”

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos’s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance—hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone—she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn’t—the dark city isn’t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.

The two main characters (there’s also a whole bunch of side characters so I won’t mention them)

Lela—strong kick-ass female, who is so loyal to be people she loves.

I wanted Malachi to see me as whole. Not broken. Not used.

Malachi: “You amaze me.”
Lela: “You admire my capacity to injure myself or to take a beating and keep going?”

Malachi—horrible name - hot man. Powerful, protective, ethical, male guardian-type. 

Malachi had, hands down, the most impressive male physique I’d ever seen up close. I couldn’t stop staring. I guess running around a giant city and hunting venomous animal people probably resulted in some pretty great definition.

Lela: “The great Malachi is capable of panic?”
Malachi: His jaw scraped against my skin as he whispered in my ear. “Where you are concerned, it appears I am capable of just about anything.”

My favourite quotes (In random order)

“A faint rattling pulled me from sleep, which was a relief because I’d been caught in yet another nightmare. After what Rick, my now-former foster father, had done to me, one would think he’d be the one haunting my dreams. And he had something to do with it—he’d revived me the night I tried to kill myself. In the moments before he had, I was certain I’d been standing at the gates of hell, about to be sucked in. Unfortunately, when Rick revived me, I’d brought a piece of hell back with me. That was what I dreamed about. Every night. A dark, walled city. Wandering, lost, trapped. A voice whispering to me, You’re perfect. Come back.

“Figures. The first time a guy tells me I’m beautiful, I’m in hell and he’s delirious.” 

“Your friend is convinced she is unlovable, unreachable. Depression can do that to a person. She thinks no one can understand her. She ignores all evidence to the contrary, and it has led her to make some very tragic decisions.” 

Malachi: “…Were you in the military?“
Lela: “Are you kidding me? I was in high school.”
“High school,” he said quietly. “You’re American. And a civilian?”
“Uh, yes. An American civilian.”
“Lovely. A straight answer. Keep it up. Did somebody train you?”
“No, nobody trained me. Unless you count the Rhode Island child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Why?”
Malachi held up his hand and ticked off the reasons with his fingers. “You stole a Guard’s weapon. If I’m not mistaken, it belonged to a Gate Guard. Which means you managed to do it on your way into the city. You escaped Amid even after he had you in hand. You slashed his leg in just the right place, preventing him from chasing you. Under extreme duress, injured and cornered, you threw a knife and hit a target-”
“It’s not like I hit something vital.” 

“Some people can’t keep fighting. Some people want to escape. Some people are not ready—are not able—to find a way to deal with what’s in front of them. Sometimes there’s no one to help them. Sometimes they don’t know how to ask for help. Sometimes it feels like there’s no choice but to end it. No other way out. And sometimes it’s impossible to see past that.” 

“Malachi sighed as he gazed at me. Even from that distance, the heat of his expression blew several circuits in my mind. “Because of the way she looked at me. She should have looked at me with fear. I did some pretty scary things. Most people would agree I am a scary person.”

I stared at him, amazed as he echoed my own words so flawlessly.

“But that’s not how she looked at me. She looked at me as if she saw something else inside me—something wonderful, something worth knowing—and she was the only person who could make it come out. She taught me things. She gave me things. Amazing things. A vision of myself—different from what I had been, better, but still me. I don’t think she really recognized how she was bringing me to life. It came so naturally to her.”

“I don’t know if I did the same for her,” he said quietly. “Since we’re here right now, my guess would be that I didn’t. But it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change how I feel. I love her, and I would do anything for her.” 

(Side note: I also have this massive fantasy romance recs thread that has some amazing book recs by everyone in this fandom! It’s well worth a browse!! And all this info is from Goodreads)

So I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas this past weekend aaaand… I like Helion! And I usually don’t draw fanart from books/movies and I haven’t even TRIED drawing Rhysand for real (Which is hands down my absolute favorite character tightly followed by Cassian) and then there is Helion… And I just had to try, because… FUCKING HELION!

The Third Trial/Feyre Dies (Rhys POV)

All dialogue and ideas behind the scenes belong 100% to Sarah J. Maas. I take zero credit for them.

Chapters 43-45 of ACOTAR where Feyre completes her third trial, solves the riddle, dies, and is resurrected by the seven High Lords, all from the POV of a miserable Rhysand. I warn you, it’s long and a chaotic mess because it’s late at night and my feels after finishing rereading the bloody book were a hot mess, i just couldn’t wait until a time when I’d be more sane to write it. So… here ya go, haha.

My Mate

Watching Feyre enter the throne room for her final trial was… a challenge. As with the last trial, I had no idea what Amarantha had in store for her, only that it would be cruel and sneaky and very likely a trick. I still believed Feyre could do it, could beat her, but Amarantha would not go quietly nor without damage and that was what scared me. We would leave this room together today, but at what cost?

And then, there she stood, my Feyre, before our evil queen, chin held high and boldness in her stance. At long last, the end was here.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

what are your favorite fictional mythology books? (like tsoa) i cant find many lol

honestly there are very few fiction mythology books that are quality and i don’t know if you just mean Greek mythology specifically but here goes:

  • It’s not done yet and certainly hasn’t been edited, but I’ve been working on my own retelling of Hades and Persephone, called The Queen Below, that’s wlw. You can read it on Wattpad for free! Check it out.
  • Receiver of Many/Destroyer of Light by @kata-chthonia which is an erotica retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth (disclaimer: it’s very adult, but she did a lot of research into the myth and into just… everything. I thought it was quite good. My friend and I talk about it and we’re excited to read future books!)
  • Deathless by Catherynne M Valente is a retelling of the Russian folktale called “The Death of Koschei the Deathless” and so it’s Russian/Slavic mythology. It’s about a girl who grows up in Russian during the revolution seeing magic and becomes the bride of an immortal king and how magic/war/death changes her. It’s currently my favorite book.
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik is slightly reminiscent of Deathless, because it’s fantasy and has a lot of roots based in Slavic folklore/culture. It’s not exactly a mythology book because it’s original content but it’s like a fairytale basically. It’s about magic and an evil forest and was a little boring in the middle but I thought it was pretty good.
  • Abandon/Underworld/Awaken by Meg Cabot is sort of a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth? I mean it’s certainly influenced by it and it quite alike, but it’s not actually about Hades and Persephone. It’s modern, about a girl who has a near death experience in her youth and escapes the clutches of death, but meets this dude in the place she goes that ends up following her back to life and sort of protects her and basically he’s Hades and she’s Persephone. It’s YA. I haven’t read it in awhile so I don’t know how quality it is, if you know what I mean.
  • The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer is a retelling of Hades and Persephone, with Hades being a woman. I didn’t think it was very good honestly (basically like a poorly researched fanfic) but a lot of people seem to like it so I usually just recommend it because I’m typically incredibly critical of books. (@drownedpoet called me out on that in the group chat once) I’m pretty sure there’s a free PDF of it floating around on the internet. (this was what inspired me to write my own version)
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter is YA and it’s a series and I never finished it but I read it when I was like 13 and thought it was good then. Another sort of retelling of Hades and Persephone. It’s modern. It’s different. Again, can’t really say if it’s quality or not because it’s been so long.
  • Sunblind by @ibuzoo / @rmeisel is a poetry book that’s a modern retelling of Apollo and Icarus. I haven’t read it myself but Ramona is an amazing writer and everyone seems to love it. She posts excerpts every now and then. I believe she’s writing a sequel to it as well!

ok honestly i’m drawing a blank now so yeah. that’s all i’ve got. tsoa is usually included in this list but you’ve already read it. it’s 4:20 am.everything is Hades and Persephone basically.

Currently Reading: Done Dirt Cheap by @sarahnicolelemon! I just finished Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer on the fourth and ever since, I’ve been reading this. Oh my fucking God. I love this book! Love it! It’s like Sons of Anarchy mixed with badass women, only better, because the women are the main characters! I’m not even one hundred pages in yet, and I’m loving it. Motorcycles! Hot guys! Secrets and reluctant alliances! Plus, the setting. Ugh, this book. It’s so good! (Thanks to my local library for hooking me up!) What are you guys reading this week?

anonymous asked:

Oh my gosh! I just finished Uprooted and everything about it was so so good! I love Kasia and Agnieszka so much, and the whole thing with the queen was so intense! Thank you so much for convincing me to read it!

Oh yes, their friendship was so very good! I wish we’d gotten a little more personality from Kasia in the later half of the book, but I really loved the end of her story. <3 Please, let’s continue to talk about this book because I just want to write meta on it all day!

londonbridgefallen  asked:

mocha, praline, cherry, key lime 💙

mocha: Ideal weather conditions? 

I really like when it rains in the summer because of the smell, but days where it’s warm out but not humid are the best because I can sit outside and read or write

praline: a popular book you haven’t read yet?

lol what popular book have I read? I never finished Mockingjay or Allegiant. I also haven’t read any Sarah J. Maas even though I bought the first two Throne of Glass books oops

cherry: do you drink tea or coffee? 

I swing both ways ;)

key lime: where do you want to be right now? 

I wouldn’t mind being asleep again but that’s just the lack of coffee so talking so I guess I’d like to be a Caribou or something 

Thank you for asking V ily 

Ice Cream Asks!

‘But you’re not hurt?’ he said softly. 'You’re safe?’ She nodded again and buried her face in his chest…
She laughed and squeezed him. He was here, and he wasn’t something she’d made up, some wild dream she’d had and - 'Why are you crying?’ he asked, trying to push her back far enough to read her face again. But she held on to him, so fiercely she could feel the weapons beneath his clothes. It would all be fine, even if it went to hell, so long as he was here with her. 'im crying,’ she sniffed, 'because you smell so rutting bad my eyes are watering.
 Rowan let out a roar of laughter that made the vermin in the ally go silent.

Queen of Shadows (Sarah J Maas)

I almost put their entire conversation on here, i love it so much. I love it because even if you don’t ship them, you have to like this reunion. How much they mean to each other. Now that i’ve finished the book…all i can think about is how he had nightmares when she left, how he was miserable with outher. How she cried just at the sight of him. Even if they are not your OTP, how can you want him to die? This is why i hope he stays…because seeing Aelin loose this would kill me

vimyvickers  asked:

I sent a submission form with more info, but I just finished a book on women spies in the American Civil war and while you likely have at least some of them on your list already, Sarah Emma Edmonds, Elizabeth van Lew, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser are certainly ladies of the sort found in your entries. Also, not necessarily spies, but Mary Edwards Walker, Sally Louisa Thompkins, and Kate Warne are also awesome possible RPs from the Civil War era

Is it this book? Because it’s a pretty good book and it covers most all those people.

(thank you - they’re all on the list! :D )

And if you were wondering, dang, Jason, how did you happen to have that exact book on hand? - this is how many books I have checked out from libraries around town right now:

Have another two waiting for me to pick them up.

Sometimes I think about how SJMaas could’ve let us finish reading ACoMaF without revealing that the mating bond was still intact, and imagine just how much more torturous the wait until ACoTaR 3 would’ve been then.