March TBR

March TBR

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I finished reading this book today, and I think my tweet says it all:

Be on the lookout for a review next week! 😁🖤

The Cruel Prince + The Wicked King by Holly Black
I meant to read these books back in January, but I was too busy with my Grishaverse read-a-thon. Click here to read about them in my January TBR!

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I’ve heard amazing things about this book, and the setting alone — Paris during La Belle Époque — is making me swoon. There are secret societies, treasure hunters, and tons of historical fantasy goodness. The concept of a group of misfits joining forces to achieve a common goal reminds me (in a good way) of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. And the cover is deliciously decadent. 😊

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
IT’S FINALLY HERE! I almost can’t believe that this book is finally in my hands — or at least on my Kindle, which is in my hands. 😜 I’m a huge fan of Shannon’s The Bone Season, and I’m excited to read her standalone epic fantasy, which is full of magic, mayhem, and dragons. Basically, it’s 800+ pages of my very favorite things.

The Bathhouse at Midnight: An Historical Survey of Magic and Divination in Russia by W.F. Ryan
As someone who has become fascinated with Russian folklore and history, I decided to indulge my academic curiosity and request this book through interlibrary loan. I think it’s a perfect follow-up to both my Grishaverse read-a-thon and Wicked Saints.

NOTE: You may have noticed that there’s no Jane Austen book on this list. After much consideration, I’ve decided to take a break from the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub readalong and focus on getting through some of my highly-anticipated reads.

What books are you planning to read this month? Leave a comment and let me know! 😀

February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

Here are the books I read this month:

*While I didn’t write a review of this book, I did enjoy it! Definitely more so than I did when I first read it in high school. 😊

Were there any books on my February TBR that I did not read?
I’m nearly 75% of the way through Wicked Saints, but I didn’t manage to finish it before the end of the month.

Did I read any books that weren’t on my February TBR?
Yes! The Demon in the Wood wasn’t on my TBR. But it was technically a short story, so that barely counts, right? 😜

What was my favorite read of this month?
This is tough, because everything I read this month ended up being a four- or five-star read for me. My favorite book that I finished is probably Six of Crows, but I’ve gotta tell you… Wicked Saints is phenomenal. I’ve been purposefully taking my time reading it because I never want it to end. ❤️

What was my least favorite read of this month?
Eh… Probably The Demon in the Wood. Even though it was a quick read and provided some interesting background information about the Darkling, I don’t think I learned anything I didn’t already know, or at least suspect.

February Favorites

Here are some of my February favorites!

KindleKINDLE BOOKS: The Fever King by Victoria Lee // The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta // The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I was lucky enough to purchase The Fever King for free — one of the perks of being a Prime member. 😁 It tells the story of a technopath, whose family was killed by viral magic, now determined to infiltrate the magical elite and use his magic to take down the government. The Serpent’s Secret — a middle grade book about a 12-year-old girl who finds out she’s an Indian princess — promises a magical adventure full of Bengali folklore. And I’ve been eagerly anticipating The Priory of the Orange Tree ever since it was announced. I’m thrilled that it’s finally out in the world! It’s an epic fantasy full of assassination plots, forbidden magic, and dragons. (And I know I say this a lot, but have you seen the cover? SO BEAUTIFUL.)

GRGOODREADS ADDS: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin // The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett // What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge

I added Serpent & Dove to my Want to Read list after reading the first line of the synopsis: “For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife, and a wicked scar.” There’s an ancient war between the Church and witches, a young huntsman, and a marriage plot. I’m definitely intrigued! The Lady Rogue also features a hunter of sorts — a treasure hunter. The protagonists, Theodora and Huck, are not only trying to find Theodora’s father, but also a magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler. You might know him as Dracula… 😈 It might be a while until Monstrous Gods hits shelves, but the brief synopsis promises a girl chosen by the gods, a heretic sorcerer, and a ghostly presence. Having enjoyed Hodge’s Cruel Beauty, I’m looking forward to seeing what dark, magical tale she weaves in this book!

CandleCANDLE: Victor Vale from Icey Designs

My husband is currently reading one of my favorite V.E. Schwab books — Vicious and it reminded me of this candle. The label is perfection and mimics the blackout poetry Victor Vale is known for creating. And the scents — bergamot, pine, tobacco, and sandalwood — work together to create an alluring, smoky impression. In some ways, it reminds me of my favorite candle from last month. It seems that I might be partial to stronger, spicier scents during the winter. 🤔 Or maybe I just have a weakness for candles inspired by villains. (Let’s be honest. It’s probably both.)

 

SleeveBOOKISH MERCH: Book Sleeve from Story Time Sleeve

I own several book sleeves from Story Time Sleeve, but this one is my favorite. ❤️ Lately, I’ve been using it to carry around my ARC of Wicked Saints. It keeps books — especially paperbacks — secure, and the shop always stocks a variety of prints. These are quality sleeves that are made with care and lined in such a way that they don’t feel flimsy. If you’re someone who travels often or just likes to carry a book with them on the go, check out their Etsy shop and see if there’s something you like. I think they accept custom orders, too!

OTHER THINGS I’VE LIKED:

  • After having a terrible reaction to a face mask last year, I’ve been hesitant to try anything new. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Pixi Glow Mud Mask. It’s helped my skin look brighter and clearer, and it doesn’t dry it out too much.
  • I recently caught up on reading The Devil is a Handsome Man — a webcomic that follows a demon named Xolia as she makes a deal with the devil and begins to unravel not only a mysterious plot, but also her own past. The artwork is phenomenal, and the story grows more intriguing with every new chapter.
  • Speaking of demons, I’ve been binge-watching the anime Black Butler. I’m very late to the party, but it’s a story about a young earl who makes a deal with a demon — a demon who makes it his mission to be one hell of a butler. (His pun, not mine.)

Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

KOSI finished reading King of Scars two weeks ago, and it’s taken me this long to actually sit down and write a (hopefully) coherent review. It’s not because I disliked the book — I really enjoyed it! But I knew it would be hard to write about, because nearly everything I want to discuss or mention is spoiler-y. 🤐

So… SPOILER WARNING: I’m going to do my best to avoid the gigantic, WTF-worthy spoilers, but there will likely be some minor spoilers in this review — including spoilers for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. If you haven’t read King of Scars yet and want to remain as unspoiled as possible (good luck with that if you’re on Twitter, lol), look away now!

Okay. Remember how I said this would be coherent? HAHAHA. Not likely. 😂 But let’s jump right in — with bullet points, because this book has left me incapable of writing complete, sensible paragraphs.

  • Was this book perfect? No. Was I disappointed — even just a tiny bit? In some ways, yes. (We’ll get into that more later.) But boy oh boy, was it one hell of a ride. 
  • THAT FIRST CHAPTER. It’s so atmospheric and creepy… and also very sad, because MY SWEET BABY NIKOLAI. *sobs*
  • I went from disliking Zoya in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy to practically worshiping her in King of Scars. If that’s not a miracle, I’m not sure what is. In the years that have passed since that climactic battle with the Darkling, she has grown so much. And I was glad that we learned more about her past in this book.
  • I love books with cults and dark magic and strange prophecies, so when the Cult of the Starless Saint showed up, I was 100% on board.
  • I thought that Nina’s grief was very well-written, and as painful as it was to relive Matthias’s death, it was important for the reader to see how it continues to affect her.
  • *shouts from the rooftops* DAVID AND GENYA ARE MARRIED! TAMAR AND NADIA ARE MARRIED! LOVE IS REAL! ❤️
  • It took me a while to warm up to Hanne — a new character that Nina meets while undercover in Fjerda — but I like her attitude, and I enjoyed her banter with Nina.
  • You know what was even better than that banter, though? The banter between Nikolai and Zoya. A+ BANTER, MY FRIENDS. I did find myself wishing for a little more blatant sexual tension between the two of them, because… Well, that’s my jam. But what we got was pretty damn good.
  • The ending of this book nearly killed me. I remember running into my husband’s office, scream-hissing at him, “Oh my GOD. Oh MY GODDDDD.” 😱 I will say, I do understand why some readers are upset. I think it’s an… interesting choice, narratively speaking. But I’m very, very curious to see what happens in the next book.
  • What kept this from being a five-star read for me was the feeling that some parts of the book were more cohesive than others. While the use of alternating third-person limited POVs worked extremely well in both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, I almost felt like we were too distant from Nikolai in this book. As I’ve said, I liked learning more about Zoya’s background and current motivations. But the Nina chapters were the hardest for me to get through. I’m sure her story will eventually intersect more clearly with Nikolai and Zoya’s narratives in the second book. But there were times when I wondered what this book would have been like without Nina in it.
  • The weird, sand castle-y realm of the saints had me so confused. So… they were never truly martyred? And why was [REDACTED] so obsessed with [REDACTED]? 🤔 I wasn’t sure how quickly time passed there, or how Nikolai was really supposed to prepare for [REDACTED]. (Sorry, sorry… If you’ve read the book, you know.) I’m just still not sure how I feel about that section of the book.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I honestly could not put down. And you better believe that I’m already eager for the sequel! But as much as I wanted to give this Nikolai book my heart and soul — along with my angst and tears — both still belong to Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

February Mini-Reviews

I’ve fallen a little behind on my reviews, but here’s some good news: I’ve finally finished my Grishaverse read-a-thon! 😀 Below, you’ll find my mini-reviews of The Language of Thorns and The Demon in the Wood. And tomorrow, I’ll post my review of King of Scars. (FYI: I’m still not over it. 😵)

TLOTThe Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I’m so glad I finally read this! If you’re a fan of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy or the Six of Crows Duology — or even just fairy tales and folklore — I would definitely recommend these stories. Some may seem familiar, but don’t worry; there’s always a delightful twist.

“Ayama and the Thorn Wood” was probably my favorite tale in this collection. (Is it because she marries the monster? WHO KNOWS? 😂) The final tale, “When Water Sang Fire,” is also excellent — and it features a familiar character from the Grishaverse… I won’t spoil it, but this story of friendship and betrayal left me thinking about it long after I finished reading it.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the gorgeous illustrations. Each story’s images are different, and the way they grow and change as the pages turn is truly special. ❤️ I think the artwork looks best when viewed in the physical copy of the book, but if you’re looking for a great deal, the Kindle ebook is currently on sale for $2.99!

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TDITWThe Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

I was initially under the impression that this was a novella, but it’s actually a short prequel story about the Darkling. I figured it would be a quick read — and easy to squeeze in before starting King of Scars. And let’s be honest. I’m always eager for some quality Darkling backstory. 😏

This story takes place well before the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, when the Darkling is a child. Because of its length and the events that take place, it’s hard to talk about it without spoiling anything. But this story reveals some of what he went through, being both a living amplifier and a boy burdened with strange and powerful abilities.

Overall, this story was intriguing, and I think it shed some light on the Darkling’s motivations in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. I did wish it were longer, but I would also be thrilled to read an entire book about the Darkling, so… 😅

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Six of Crows Duology

I was very excited to read the Six of Crows Duology, because I know it’s beloved by many Grishaverse fans, and the premise sounded intriguing — and so different from the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. My only regret is that I didn’t read these books sooner, but I also can’t imagine reading the first book and then having to wait a year for the second one. Talk about torture! 😱 These reviews are as non-spoilery as possible, so without further ado…

SOCSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

After hearing so many great things about this book, I was curious to see if it would live up to the hype. Spoiler: IT DID. The writing is sharp and superb, the pacing is flawless, and the character development is truly next level. In a story with six main protagonists, there’s a risk of focusing too much on some and not enough on others. But Bardugo strikes the perfect balance between all of the Dregs, providing each of them with a distinct personality and backstory. Honestly, I love them all, and I would join them for waffles in a heartbeat. ❤️ I finally understand tweets like “I WOULD DIE FOR KAZ BREKKER,” because he is an incredible character, and I want nothing but the best for my ruthless, stabby boy. 🔪🔪🔪 But the thing that most impressed me was the story itself. It’s about a high-stakes heist that takes place in a fantasy world; I’ve never read anything quite like it. And just when you think you’ve figured out Kaz’s plan, he throws a curveball straight at your face. Even if you weren’t a big fan of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot. There’s a clear improvement in Bardugo’s writing, the narrative style is completely different (and works much better than first-person narration), and — drumroll please — there’s no love triangle! 😁

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CKCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’m going to try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but I’ll tell you this: Prepare to have your heart ripped out — repeatedly. I was warned before I read it, but still… DEAR LORD, THAT WAS DEVASTATING. 😭 Much like Six of Crows, this book revolves around a dangerous heist — among other things — and has impeccable pacing. The Dregs are faced with enemies on all sides, and the tension is consistently palpable. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up until 2 AM reading a book, but I just couldn’t put this one down until I finished it. If you’ve read the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, you’ll see some familiar faces in this book. (Also: If you plan on reading King of Scars, this duology is pretty much required reading. It provides valuable insight into certain characters’ motivations, as well as context for many of the key plot points in King of Scars.) We learn more about the Dregs’ lives prior to the Ice Court heist, we see relationships grow and change, and we’re forced to watch as each of them is pushed to their absolute limit. This is a fantastic conclusion to the duology, and the ending left me teary-eyed but (mostly) happy. ❤️ I’m probably going to spend the rest of this month — if not my entire life — yelling at people to read this book.

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

February TBR

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Six of Crows + Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I’ve already started reading Six of Crows, and I can hardly put it down. IT’S SO GOOD. Definitely one of those books that I wish I had read sooner. (Let’s just ignore the fact that it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for over two years… 😅) And I can honestly say that I love every single one of the Dregs. But I’ve heard that Crooked Kingdom will devastate me, so I’m enjoying my happiness while it lasts.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
This book has everything I love — a gorgeous cover (and illustrations that change as you read each story), Leigh Bardugo’s magical writing, and fairy tales and folklore from the Grishaverse. This collection includes “The Too-Clever Fox,” which will be perfect to read before finally diving into King of Scars. (Nikolaaaaai. ❤️)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it has taken all of my willpower to set it aside until I’ve finished my Grishaverse read-a-thon. 🙃 I’ve avoided synopses, comments, reactions, spoilers… Everything. But I’m ecstatic that our favorite mischievous king is getting his own duology! And I’m excited to see where this story will take him.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Another of my most anticipated reads of the year, this book sounds beautiful and dark — like, really dark. (MY FAVORITE KIND. 😈) And I was lucky enough to win an ARC in a giveaway! Roshani Chokshi said on Goodreads, “This book is for everyone who shipped Alina and The Darkling,” so… *cough* I have a feeling I’m going to really like it… 🖤 As an added bonus, the author — whose tweets bring me much joy — is also from Northeast Ohio!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I haven’t read this book since high school, so I’m curious to see what I’ll think of it 10+ years later. I’m positive I’ll still be Team Elizabeth Bennet, but will I swoon over Mr. Darcy? 🤔 (Fun Fact: In high school, I was less interested in Mr. Darcy than I was in Jane Eyre‘s brooding Mr. Rochester. This probably tells you a lot about me as a person.) This is the February pick for the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub readalong on Instagram. You can find more info here!

What will you be reading this month? Anything romantic? 😉 Let me know below!

January Wrap-Up

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Here are the books I read this month:

Were there any books on my January TBR that I did not read?
I didn’t end up reading The Cruel Prince or The Wicked King this month (*sob*), but I will definitely read them soon! 😁

Did I read any books that weren’t on my January TBR?
Yes! The Need wasn’t on my TBR. I was really intrigued by the premise, and it was a nice break between Sense and Sensibility and my reread of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy.

What was my favorite read of this month?
I have to go with Siege and Storm. It was a pleasure to reread it and remember why I enjoyed it so much when I first picked it up years ago.

What was my least favorite read of this month?
I was surprisingly disappointed — and a little frustrated — by Match Me If You Can. 🙁

January Favorites

This year, I’ve decided to share my monthly favorites! 😃 Some of these will be book-related, but I’ll also be talking about other favorites of mine, including TV shows, movies, songs, candles, games, and more.

Here are some of my January favorites…

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KINDLE BOOKS: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi // The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty // King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about The Gilded Wolves, so I couldn’t resist adding it to my library. Even though I have yet to read The City of Brass, I decided to purchase the sequel The Kingdom of Copper so that I can binge both books… sometime. (Soon! Hopefully. 😅) And DUH, King of Scars. It’s taking all of my willpower not to just dive right in, but I still have three books standing between me and my sweet Nikolai. I even deleted my Twitter app to avoid spoilers. I’m taking this book very seriously…

jangrGOODREADS ADDS: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson // These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling // Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

The Storm Crow is described as “Eragon meets And I Darken,” and the cover is so beautiful!  If you’re looking for a story with elemental witches, blood magic, and F/F romance, look no further than These Witches Don’t Burn. (Which, coincidentally, comes out on my birthday! 😁) And do I even have to explain my excitement for Empire of the Vampire? It’s devastating that we have to wait until 2020 for this book, but at least we get Darkdawn — the highly-anticipated conclusion to Kristoff’s The Nevernight Chronicle — in September. 🖤

TV SHOW: The Good Place

Holy motherforking shirtballs, this show is the BEST. It’s a hilarious, feel-good comedy about the afterlife that is still, even after three seasons, completely unpredictable. It should be criminal to have such a perfect cast, and I have laughed, gasped, cried, and felt pretty much every feeling possible while watching it. A+, 10/10, would recommend to literally everyone. The first two seasons are available on Netflix. Also: Have I ever identified with a character more than Chidi Anagonye? Probably not. Indecisive intellectuals, unite! 😂

jancandleCANDLE: Fine, Make Me Your Villain from Rose & Adder

I mostly chose this candle because it was inspired by the Darkling, and I just finished my reread of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. (You can read my mini-reviews of each book here!) But I also think this candle is perfect for winter. The scents are black currant, anise, and clove. It’s an intoxicating, heady scent that’s perfect for one of my favorite hot-yet-murderous-and-overall-problematic faves. 😉 You can check out Rose & Adder’s shop here!

SONG: “Moving On” — Anna of the North

If, like me, you watched (and fell in love with) Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’ll probably remember Anna of the North’s song “Lovers.” As great as that song is, I personally think this one is even more amazing. It’s bubbly, retro, and perfect for a solo dance party while doing laundry. (Don’t tell me I’m the only one who does that.) While “Lovers” has over 26 million plays on Spotify, this song only has a little over 2.5 million. Listen now, thank me later. 🎧

jancomicWEBCOMIC: Lore Olympus

Step 1: Download the LINE WEBTOON app. (Or visit their website, linked above.)
Step 2: Bask in the utter perfection that is this webcomic. ❤️

Here’s a synopsis:

Witness what the gods do… after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories — The Taking of Persephone — as it’s never been told before.

The artwork is stunning, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the short chapters will leave you eager for the next one. Lucky for you, there are 47 available right now, and the comic is updated every Saturday at 9 PM EST. You can follow the brilliant creator, Rachel Smythe, at @used_bandaid on Twitter.

MOBILE GAME: The Arcana

I’ll admit it. I’m trash for this game. 😝 It’s described as an interactive novel, and it’s more fun than it has any right to be. You’re able to choose between romancing your magic teacher, the alluring countess, the fugitive former plague doctor, and the mysterious, brooding outsider. Yes, it’s one of those games that tries to make you spend your actual money on in-game money. BUT there are multiple ways to earn free coins and keys, which are used to unlock exclusive content and access chapters. So if you’re patient — like, really, really patient — I assure you, it can be done without spending a dime.

janrecipeRECIPE: Stacked Cantina Nachos with Everything Cheese Sauce from The Simple Kitchen

One of my goals this year is to learn some new recipes, because I seem to just cook the same stuff every week. These nachos were a huge hit, and the cheese sauce was really easy to make. (And it’s not that gross, yellow-orange nacho cheese, so, bonus! 😄) I skipped the refried beans, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream, because I’m a somewhat-picky eater. But these were so nice, I made ’em twice! I highly recommend Chad and Donna Elick’s cookbook, The Simple Kitchen, along with their blog, The Slow Roasted Italian.

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy

In anticipation of Leigh Bardugo’s newest Grishaverse book, King of Scars, I decided to reread the trilogy that started it all. (I’ll also be reading Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and The Language of Thorns.) Instead of writing full reviews of each book in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, I decided that three mini-reviews would be best.

SPOILER WARNING: I’ve tried to make these reviews as non-spoilery as possible, but if you haven’t read these books and wish to remain completely, 100% unspoiled, proceed with caution! 😬

sabShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This book is a good start to the series. It introduces us to the main characters, handles a ton of world-building, and sets things into motion for the second and third books. That being said, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I read it. 🤔 Knowing that Alina and Mal both change by the end of the series, I was a little more patient. But I can see a first-time reader feeling frustrated — or even bored — by both of them. One of the most interesting characters is the Darkling. (I also have a weakness for ancient, magical men with dark pasts and villainous tendencies. 😂) This book does utilize some well-known YA tropes; Alina is the “chosen one,” and there’s definitely a love triangle. I do think, however, that Bardugo uses them in interesting ways. 

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sasSiege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

This is my favorite of the three books. The pacing is impeccable, we get the perfection that is Sturmhond, and the ending… WHEW. There’s a scene that, even now, still gives me chills. 🖤 (For those who’ve read this book, I’m talking about pg. 418-422.) This book has some serious momentum, and there never seems to be a dull moment. It’s honestly hard to write about it without spoiling some major plot points, but you can expect high seas adventure, secret identities, witty banter, bad decisions (SO MANY OF THEM), hope, pain, and wanting to start the next book immediately after you finish this one. And did I mention Sturmhond? We are truly blessed by his literary existence. 😍

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

rarRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

While Siege and Storm has impeccable pacing, this book seems to drag on and on… We spend so much time in the White Cathedral (nearly 20% of the book!) and, later, the Sikurzoi. But then the final battle seemed to happen so quickly. 😐 I do like the ending more than I did when I first read this book. I will warn you — it might feel like this book repeatedly rips your heart out and throws it across the room. Don’t worry. This is normal. 😫 I’m still curious about what the trilogy would have looked like if Alina had given in and agreed to rule alongside the Darkling. (I know, I know. He’s undeniably monstrous. But just look at this fan art. Look at it and join me in the pit of despair.) Also, Baghra and Nikolai’s bickering is the fantasy buddy cop movie I never knew I wanted.

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️