Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

My Rating: 4 Stars

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“Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.” 

This is going to be a hard one not to say any spoilers since it’s the 7th and last book of a series. BUT I figure if you are reading this, you’ve read most if not all of the books. This is going to be a quick, short, review.

The first half of the book, I was really engrossed and could not put it down. The readers anxiety was real, y’all! However, the last half kind of seemed like a cop out. In the first half, I thought the adventure, the characters, and the story all had that quality that makes you think about a book even when you are sleeping. You just had to know what was going to happen, and if you didn’t find out you might spontaneously combust. Rowan’s pain was felt. As was Aelin’s pain. It was really really sad. Then the last half of the book, I was like, huh, wow, that’s convenient.

Final Thoughts. This is a really fun read. There were a lot of feels at different parts of the book. I know a lot of people cried, I teared up, but none fell. I still have questions about the ending. About what happened to some side characters.

November Wrap-Up and December TBR

Alright loves, I think I am going to start doing one post for these at the beginning of each month! I really, REALLY like the way, Jessie, Novel Heartbeat does hers, so I will be modeling mine somewhat after hers! I love the way she gives a little bit of insight into her life as well! 

In November I read 3 books. I thought I was going to be able to read more but once Thanksgiving rolls around my family is busy until January. Ha! 

My Rating: 5 Stars
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My Rating: 2 Stars
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My Rating: 4 Stars
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I also got some books and bookish merch!

Books:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Grim Lovlies by Megan Shepherd – Jessi (Novel Heartbeat) surprised me with this one! I had given her my ARC and she got it signed at Y’ALL fest and sent it back! Thank you again Jessi!!!

Merch:

November’s The Bookish Box, Story in the Stars  (I’m a rep! My code: StoriedAdventures10 gets you 10% off your first box or subscription!)

The Bookish Box Kingdom of Ash One Time Box

November’s Fae Crate, Stargazers 

Elentiya Pin by Dust and Pages

Personal Life:

My aunt from Hawaii came and visited and it was amazing!! She’s very traditional Hawaiian, so it is always a pleasure to learn more about my culture! 

We had an extremely low-key thanksgiving with just my side of the family. My dad was really sick so he stayed in bed all day and my mom and I cooked for the rest of the 6 of us (Me, my husband, our 2 1/2 year old son, my two younger brothers, my mom)! We literally did nothing but eat and play with my son! Haha! 

TBR: 

I am actually CR this one!
I’ve been putting this off. I am sooo scared.

I am only going to go for three books this month! Well, four if you include my audio book, The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2) by Brent Weeks! We will be going to Colorado to snowboard over Christmas week, so I will be busy! 

Personal Plans:

As I mentioned above, Colorado to snowboard! I grew up snowboarding and skiing, but I like boarding more! 😛

Also, my husband and I are going to be adopting!! I have a chronic disease called Endometriosis as well as Adenomyosis, so I am not able to have any more children. But adopting is something I have always wanted to do! We are beyond excited! This month we will be submitting our application to Lifetree Adoption Agency! 

A lot of you know this already, but I am an Amazon Influencer and an affiliate, which means I have a “store”. Basically I have a link, and if you shop through my link, Amazon gives me a commission. It is no extra cost to you whatsoever! If you shop through my link or store, I would greatly appreciate it! 

My Amazon Store: Storied Adventures 

My Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/storied.adventures

You don’t have to buy anything from my shop for Amazon to pay me. You just have to use my link. Also, I can’t see who is buying or any of your information! It’s completely private! Thank you for considering shopping through me!

And last thing, I will be changing my rating system to “Adventure Rating” I just think it sounds cute. It will still be a 5 star system though. 🙂

Let me know what y’all think of my new set up for the beginning of the month! What are your plans for this month, bookish or otherwise?

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) Review [Spoiler Free]

Author: Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: May 26, 2019

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Retellings

My Rating: 2 Stars



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“A thief. An officer. A guardian. 

Three strangers, one shared destiny . . .

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.”

*Thank you to Edelweiss+ for the review copy!*

Story/Plot. The premise of the story and plot were A+. I mean, a retelling of Les Miserables?! I LOVE that play (I know it’s based off of the book, I’ve just never read it.)! Plus it’s a retelling in space!  That’s right up my alley! And that’s about all I liked of the book. Oops. 

Writing. Okay, I did like the writing. It wasn’t anything fancy or my favorite writing ever, but it was good. It was easy to follow along and I never got lost in the story. 

Characters. Here we go. Here’s the big one. I literally didn’t like anyone. Chantine was the only one that I liked SOMETIMES. Marcellou and Allouette were SO BORING! I didn’t care if they lived or died. Marcellou was all over the place. One minute he wanted to follow his Grandfather, the next he hated him. Even at the end of the book, I was like where are we at here, Marcellou? I also just saw him as a weak character and didn’t understand his charm. Allouette was just kind of a wuss most of the time. I guess she picked up at the end but she was so boring to read about. Chantine whined a lot but she had reason to. She literally had no one. And she was poor and starving. She has a really tough life. Hers was the only story line I was mildly interested in. She was feisty and she did literally whatever she had to to survive. My suggestion to her, forget about Marcellou. You don’t need him. Although,  if you know the Les Miserables story, she’s supposed to be Eponine, so it doesn’t really end well for her anyway. I could have done without the romance in this story, and usually I’m all about those ships!

Final Thoughts. A 2 star rating for me means I finished the book but it was hard to get through. I won’t be picking up the second in the series. I will say that this might be someone’s cup of tea, just not mine.